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Partners & benefactors

Alginor thrives on fruitful partnerships with institutions and industry-leading companies.

Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.

EU, through the Horizon 2020 programme framework has supported Alginor in the AORTA 1 (No 761743) and AORTA 2 (No 830698) projects, as well as DACOTA (No 101011290), directly. In concert with Eureka, the EU supports our CarboNor project (No 114505) through the Eurostars programme.

Validé runs one of Norway’s leading incubators. They have 15 years of experience developing businesses from initial idea to commercial success, evaluating some 400 ideas/early stage companies annually. Validé’s owners include Rogaland County Municipality, University of Stavanger, NORCE and Equinor.

Validé has assisted Alginor with advice, investor relations and identifying collaborators. Validé is one of Alginor’s largest shareholders.

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government’s most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry.

Innovation Norway granted Alginor start-up finance and partly funded the development of the Hypomar technology.

The Research Council (RCN) works to promote research and innovation of high quality and relevance and to generate knowledge in priority areas to enable Norway to deal with key challenges to society and the business sector.

The RCN funds Alginor’s Fucomed and Polyphenols projects, and is part of Eureka which funds the CarboNor project.

The Bellona Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that aims to meet and fight the climate challenges, by identifying and implementing sustainable environmental solutions.

Alginor collaborated with the Bellona Foundation in developing a Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) strategy encompassing environmental aspects of harvesting.

NTNU is a university with an international focus, with headquarters in Trondheim and campuses in Ålesund and Gjøvik.

Alginor collaborates with NTNU and their Department of Chemical Engineering on the development of green extraction and fermentation techniques.

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university.

Alginor collaborates with the University of Bergen in the Industrial PhD project exploring algal polyphenols.

The University of Oslo (UiO) is a leading European Research university.

Alginor collaborates with the University of Oslo in the Fucomed project.

The KTH Royal Institute of Technology is Sweden and one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities.

Alginor collaborates with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in both the Eurostars and Fucomed projects.

Borregaard has one of the world’s most advanced and sustainable biorefineries. By using natural, sustainable raw materials, Borregaard produces advanced and environmentally friendly biochemicals that can replace oil-based products. Borregaard also holds strong positions within ingredients and fine chemicals.

Alginor utilises Borregaard’s Biorefinery Demo pilot facility for process development and optimisation.

SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations, developing solutions and innovation for society and customers.

Alginor collaborated with SINTEF in the Marinforsk project in 2017–2019, which concerned pre-treatment and product extraction.

RISE PFI is an internationally acknowledged research institute within processes and products based on lignocellulose. PFI’s focus areas are biorefining and bioenergy, fibre technology and applications, nanocellulose and carbohydrate polymers and biocomposites. RISE PFI AS is part of the Swedish research institute RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden AB).

Alginor collaborates with the institute in the CarboNor Project to develop algal cellulose products.

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP) in Ghent, Belgium, is an independent facility that operates from a laboratory level to a multi-tonne scale. BBEPP is a service provider for process development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of biobased products and processes.

Alginor utilises the BBEPP facilities for process development and optimisation.

Nofima is a leading institute for applied research within the fields of fisheries, aquaculture and food research. Biotep is Nofima’s national facility for marine bioprocessing.

Alginor utilises Nofima’s Biotep facility for pilot production, process development and optimisation.

The University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) is a university hospital located in Kiel and Lübeck in Germany.

Alginor collaborates with UKSH and their Clinic of Ophthalmology in the Fucomed project to explore fucoidan applications in treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD) diseases.

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