2011 Fast Lane Honoree Algae Bio expands production facilities

In a region that is rapidly becoming known as a mecca for the natural resource industry with potash, solar and wind energy, another resource, algae, is now gaining notice. Six years ago Andrew Ayers bought 70 acres of land in an area east of Holbrook known as Adamana, believing it held something that to him was more precious than gold. In the vast open desert of northeastern Arizona Ayers discovered that beneath the surface lay pure salt water, and that salt water is ideal for Ayers’ research in macro algae.

Ayers began Algae Biosciences and constructed a green house and laboratory on the Adamana property. Since that time the company, now called AlgaeBio, has expanded to receive international acclaim for its algae product and has focused on unlocking the potential of algae as it pertains to nutrition, health, energy and the environment.

The product that is gaining international attention for AlgaeBio is ultra-pure omega-3 fatty acid oils for use in the expanding nutraceutical and food additive markets.

AlgaeBio occupies a rare niche in the global marketplace with an algae product that contains both EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), the two most beneficial long-chain fatty acids that provide a wide range of health benefits. One or the other of these acids can be found in algae, but rarely both.

By Linda Kor–

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