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Hello BEST members,


 

This month, Swiss company, Mibelle Biochemistry won the 2014European Award for New Product Innovation Leadership for its discovery of SnowAlgae Powder. Snow algae scientifically recognized as Chlamydomonas nivalis is a species of greenalgae containing a secondary red caretenoid pigment (astaxanthin).Mibelle Biochemistry has been credited with discovering the usefulness of snowalgae as an active ingredient in anti-aging skin care products. The Snow AlgaePowder product stimulates the KL gene (which produces the enzyme Klotho, knownto be associated with anti-aging) by as much as 47%. The increase in Klothogenein the skin can help with DNA repair, detoxification of skin cells, and thecreation of a protective cover that restricts excess calories to the skin. Thepowder can also neutralize collagen degradation by forming a barrier againstcollagen destroying enzymes. 
 
Mibelle Biochemistry first isolates the snow algae strainand then cultivates it in bio-reactors to produce large quantities. The algaeare then harvested and the algae cell walls are disrupted so cellfragments can be encapsulated into liposomes. The algae are then spray-dried ona maltodextrin-based powder. Algae applications in the health and beauty sectorare important for helping the algae industry grow and potentially increasingthe value of algae-based fuel byproducts.  
 
PR Newswire. “Frost & Sullivan Honours MibelleBiochemistry for its Discovery of Snow Algae Powder, an Active Ingredient forAnti-Ageing Skin Care Products”Nov. 5, 2014. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/frost--sullivan-honours-mibelle-biochemistry-for-its-discovery-of-snow-algae-powder-an-active-ingredient-for-anti-ageing-skin-care-products-281586531.html 

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Brett Nelson

University Scholar – CALS

BioEnergy and SustainableTechnology Lab

Soil and Water Science Department
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