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.