In 2019, the Deep Green Biotech Hub presented the Deep Green Forest, an activation showcased at the Australian music festival, Splendour in the Grass. Showcasing algae as a rockstar organism, audiences were able to engage with algae via activities including growing algae ‘leaves'. Click here to learn more about our Splendour journey.
Alumni from Cohort 1 of Deep Green Biotech Hub’s Green Light program have reflected on their accelerator journey, with Sea Health business owner Jo Lane said that “the project has really been a wonderful experience”. “We have gained a lot from being involved,” Ms Lane said. Read more about Sea Health’s Green Light journey here.
Algae business accelerator gets the green light
The world’s first biotech accelerator dedicated to innovation in algae-based products and services is open for business, with applications being sought from NSW-based startups and small businesses. Launched by the Deep Green Biotech Hub, the Green Light accelerator program is aimed at boosting NSW’s developing bioeconomy.
In June 2018, the Deep Green Biotech Hub curated a panel as a part of the Vivid Sydney festival. Algae is the new black brought together fresh thinking expert to explore the future algae and its potential impacts on innovation, design and technology.
The event was recorded for ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program. Listen to the podcast here.
Illuminating Sydney alongside some of the world’s leading artists and engineers, Deep Green Biotech Hub and UTS took algae to the heart of Sydney at Vivid Sydney festival! As part of Vivid Lights, Living Lights invited visitors to interact with a ‘forest’ made entirely of living, breathing algae.
To read more about this innovative installation, read the ABC news report here or watch the making and the science of the installation.
Australian Universities: Clever Collaborations
Deep Green Biotech Hub is proud to be featured in the 2018 Australian Universities Clever Collaborations, where it is highlighted that UTS is one of only a few sites in the world supporting the algae biotech industry. To access the full report, click here.
A multi-disciplinary team – including the Deep Green Biotech Hub – bringing together science, sustainable building design and architecture may soon develop the first living algae buildings in Australia. Their unique collaboration has seen a comprehensive feasibility study conducted on behalf of the City of Sydney, with plans to create the first flat facade algae panel this year.
TerraVia (formerly Solazyme) recently announced FDA approval for several new algae-based food ingredients for the North American market. These include two types of flour substitutes: high protein whole algae and lipid rich whole algae powder. Read more about these products here.
Opportunities to expand the algae bio-industry in Australia
The 2016 report, produced by a roundtable of stakeholders within the Australian algae industry, synthesised the views of scientists, entrepreneurs, government policy makers, and futurists. The report dives into detail about how algae could make Australia’s future, and includes detail about the diverse range of opportunites within this emerging industry within Australia. To access the full report, click here.