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HelioBioSys uses a defined community of marine cyanobacteria (a consortium) to produce a novel extracellular polysaccharide suitable for a variety of biobased materials, including biodegradable plastics, renewable chemicals and fuels. They couple the unique traits of our consortium with an efficient seawater cultivation system designed to have low capital and operational costs and simple processing of excreted polysaccharides.

Heliobiosys and ABPDU conducted research to validate recovery and downstream applications, focusing on three key areas: process development for recovery and saccharification, compositional analysis of the excreted polysaccharides, and fermentation of sugars resulting from saccharification.

In order to further validate this process, HelioBioSys, Sandia National Laboratory and the ABPDU will evaluate growth on a larger scale to obtain monomeric sugar types and yields, fermentation suitability, and by-product opportunities under a U.S. DOE Small Business Vouchers Pilot grant. Data generated from this study at SNL’s indoor algal testbed facility and the ABPDU will improve an end to end techno-economic analysis of biofuels and high margin biomaterials that meet customer specifications for polymer technical performance, price and sustainability criteria.



Eight Small Businesses Awarded Vouchers to Work with Berlekey Lab on Clean Energy Technologies

Other Featured Collaborations


Based in Italy, Fater is an equal joint venture between the Angelini Group and Proctor & Gamble. Fater’s personal hygiene absorbent products include Pampers and Tampax.


An industrial biotechnology company, Lygos produces malonic acid from biomass resources. This high value chemical is used in pharmaceuticals, flavors, fragrances, and electronic-and metal-manufacturing processes.

Microvi Biotech

Microvi is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and commercializes innovative biocatalytic technologies in the water, energy and chemical industries.


The Visolis process will enable production of bio-based elastomers, unsaturated polyester resins, super adsorbent polymers, and other products using a variety of feedstocks like agri-residues, dextrose, glycerol and syn-gas. Future application of the technology targets high energy density jet fuels.