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Macro Oceans opens novel seaweed bioprocessing facility

Biotechnology Processing Seaweed / Macroalgae +4 more

Macro Oceans, a California-based seaweed biotechnology startup, announced today the completion of the first phase of its pilot facility in Sacramento.

Macro Oceans' founder and CEO, Matthew Perkins

The brand new 12,500 sq ft facility scales up its novel bioprocessing technology, allowing it to offer unique bioactive ingredients to cosmetic brands nationwide.

The company also announced a launch partnership with Sway to supply the low-carbon materials they need to develop world changing products such as ultra-sustainable yarns and biodegradable thin-film plastics.

“Our work with innovators like Sway is pushing the frontier of what’s possible and will unlock latent demand for kelp,” said founder and CEO Matthew Perkins, in a press release. “We believe there is incredible potential for kelp as an ultra sustainable input for the chemical and materials industries.”

Macro Oceans’ core technology is its multi-product, zero waste system that makes seaweed processing cost-effective. The company processes the whole plant using innovative green chemistry to both preserve the unique bioactive compounds and produce a range of high quality plant-based chemicals and materials.

The company also revealed it has raised $5m to date from leading climate tech investors Refactor Capital, Lowercarbon Capital, McKinley Capital and strategic angel investors.

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