Successful marine-science entrepreneur, Dr Douglas MacKenzie set up Xanthella Ltd in 2009 to develop technology aimed at the rapidly growing algae R&D market.  Xanthella's initial product focus is on photo-bioreactors, which they design and manufacture from an entirely Scotland-based supply chain.  

The company's photo-bioreactors are designed to give researchers highly cost-effective, flexible and scalable research platforms.  Research and development markets for such technology platforms is growing considerably as academics and companies react to the global opportunities in this sector.  

Opportunities include bio-fuels, a wide variety of clean-tech applications with interest also from energy, distillation and pharmaceutical companies in using algae as solutions to existing problems and to produce new products.


Highlands and Islands Enterprise with Scottish Development International, provided support to a delegation from the European Marine Science Park cluster to attend and fully participate in BioMarine 2014, held in Cascais, Portugal in October 2014.

Collaboration and innovation are at the heart of the growth of Xanthella, with recent successes including Innovation UK funding to enable the company to develop an innovative project on light processing for improved growth of algae with the University of St Andrews. Another project with the University of Strathclyde was recently shortlisted for an Interface “Sustainable Partnership Award”.


Malin House is an excellent base from which we can grow Xanthella. The building’s light and airy atmosphere makes it a great place to work and the low carbon footprint really fits our company’s ethos. We are looking forward to welcoming guests, collaborators and customers to our new facility and to closer working with scientists at the Scottish Association for Marine Science.

Dr MacKenzie