Dec 04, 2020

Veramaris® wins prestigious global innovation award

Algal oil producer hailed as ‘inspiration to the industry’ as it takes silver medal at Best Microalgae Awards ceremony.

Veramaris has beaten over one hundred entrants to take a silver medal podium position at the Best Microalgae Awards. The independent non-profit global competition involves judges from industries around the world. Its aim is to reward innovators and help highlight their work in the field of microalgae.

The award in the category of Sustainability and CSR Initiative asked for entries that could help ‘build pathways to a better future’.  Veramaris won the silver medal for its sustainable natural marine algal oil, produced at a zero waste, state-of-the-art facility in Nebraska, USA. Veramaris is the only winner operating in the field of aquaculture. The breakthrough innovation means the richest possible algal oil can be produced on a mass scale meaning it can be competitive on price, with fish oil.

The feed ingredient which is used in aquaculture and pet food contains twice the level of EPA & DHA Omega-3 compared to fish oil. Fish fed on Veramaris’ algal oil have higher levels of EPA & DHA Omega-3, essential for heart, brain, eye and skin health.

Award Lead at Best Microalgae Awards Renaud d'Avout d'Auerstaedt, said, “Veramaris is an inspiration to the entire industry, showing that it is entirely possible to create positive impact on our food systems at a massive scale. They have cracked the holy grail of producing the two limiting micro nutrients in aquaculture, EPA & DHA Omega-3 fatty acids, in truly unlimited amounts, which can help us to stop depleting the oceans.”

Karim Kurmaly is CEO of Veramaris, he said: “Our sustainable algal oil is a game changer and an enabler towards a more sustainable aquaculture industry. This breakthrough innovation is our ability to produce the richest algal oil with the highest levels of EPA & DHA at the kind of scale that provides value for our customers and the sustainability of our oceans. We are delighted to receive this award from such a prestigious organisation.”

The competition is organised by the European Algae Biomass Association. The original face-to-face awards ceremony was due to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland but was postponed indefinitely because of Coronavirus. Now finalists and runners-up will have the opportunity to present their pitches live to more than a thousand industry professionals at a meeting which will be held exclusively online.

 

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About Veramaris

Veramaris, headquartered in Delft, The Netherlands, is a joint venture between DSM and Evonik, both world leaders in science and specialty chemicals. Established in 2018, Veramaris was formed to help realise a vision to conserve natural marine life by using the ocean's own resource, natural marine algae, to sustainably expand the world's access to Omega-3.

Veramaris extracts oil from natural marine algae, rich in both the essential Omega-3 fatty acids EPA & DHA, and also ARA, a long chain Omega-6, vital nutrients for improved brain, heart and eye health in both animals and humans.

The zero-waste industrial scale production process runs at a state-of-the-art site in Blair, Nebraska, USA.

Veramaris enables key stakeholders in aquaculture and pet nutrition to become independent of wild-caught fish and meet the growing demand for sustainable seafood and animal protein.

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