Hello BEST members,
This month, Swiss company, Mibelle Biochemistry won the 2014 European Award for New Product Innovation Leadership for its discovery of Snow Algae Powder. Snow algae scientifically recognized as Chlamydomonas nivalis is a species of green algae containing a secondary red caretenoid pigment (astaxanthin). Mibelle Biochemistry has been credited with discovering the usefulness of snow algae as an active ingredient in anti-aging skin care products. The Snow Algae Powder product stimulates the KL gene (which produces the enzyme Klotho, known to be associated with anti-aging) by as much as 47%. The increase in Klothogene in the skin can help with DNA repair, detoxification of skin cells, and the creation of a protective cover that restricts excess calories to the skin. The powder can also neutralize collagen degradation by forming a barrier against collagen destroying enzymes.
Mibelle Biochemistry first isolates the snow algae strain and then cultivates it in bio-reactors to produce large quantities. The algae are then harvested and the algae cell walls are disrupted so cell fragments can be encapsulated into liposomes. The algae are then spray-dried on a maltodextrin-based powder. Algae applications in the health and beauty sector are important for helping the algae industry grow and potentially increasing the value of algae-based fuel byproducts.  
PR Newswire. “Frost & Sullivan Honours Mibelle Biochemistry for its Discovery of Snow Algae Powder, an Active Ingredient for Anti-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 Sustainable Technology Lab
Soil and Water Science Department
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