Biovorn Ltd, a UK company, has discovered a novel technology (BVX) which promises “single step” extraction of intracellular compounds from microalgae. Initial tests have demonstrated successful extraction of proteins, carotenoids and DNA from a range of algal strains: directly into aqueous or oil solutions. The biomass does not require pre-treatment or drying, so costs are significantly lower than existing technologies. The company is now seeking an academic partner to assist with further research into the potential efficacy of BVX. The work will involve working with a range of algal strains to test aqueous and oil based extractions of target compounds including proteins, lipids and carotenoids. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate experience from similar projects. For details, contact Jerome Vaughan (email:; tel: 01594 862888).

Phyconet News

  • November 9, 2017

    Two places are now available on the PHYCONET Management Board, and we invite members to apply for these positions. Duties will include attending Management Board meetings in London twice a year (travel expenses will be reimbursed) and reviewing applications for

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  • November 3, 2017

    The PHYCONET October 2017 newsletter is now available. If you would like to receive the next newsletter direct to your inbox, please join us by completing the short form on the Membership page.

  • PHYCONET were recently awarded additional funding in the form of an Industrial Biotechnology Seeding Catalyst Award from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (supported by BBSRC, EPSRC and Innovate UK). We can announce that the following applicants have been awarded funding:

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