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Microphyt develop, produce and market natural active ingredients derived from microalgae, intended for food supplement laboratories and cosmetics brands.

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Our market

We develop, produce and market natural active ingredients derived from microalgae, intended for food supplement laboratories and cosmetics brands.

Research & Development

Identifying molecules of interest, substantiating physiological benefits and carrying out safety studies;

Selecting the most productive strains of microalgae and identifying the optimal conditions for their cultivation.

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Cultivation and harvesting

Cultivating the selected microalgae at an industrial-scale, on our own site;

Harvesting the microalgae and concentrating the biomass.

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Manufacturing and marketing the ingredients

Extracting the targeted bioactive compounds;

Preparing and marketing ready-to-use ingredients for the manufacturers of food supplements and cosmetics.

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OUR EXPERTISE

To develop our ingredients we draw on the immense diversity of bioactive compounds present in microalgae. We are able to do this thanks to our unique production process and our special know-how.
Our processes, developed internally and patented, overcome the standard barriers to producing microalgae. Utilizing 5,000 litre tubular photobioreactors (known as CAMARGUE technology) provides us with high differentiation potential (access to a new diversity of species) together with the ability to produce natural active ingredients on an industrial and standardized scale (a mode of production both continuous and controlled).
Since we are convinced that natural and durable must go in hand in hand, we have taken the decision to undertake ourselves the manufacturing of all our ingredients, from A to Z, and to optimize each step with respect for the environment.
Our technology enables us, indeed, to cultivate microalgae in an environmentally responsible manner by adjusting nutrient intake to physiological needs.

Photobioreactor CAMARGUE

Versatility: Compatible with all species grown in the laboratory, including the most fragile

Control: mono-algal production in closed and controlled environments, adapted to biological and regulatory constraints

Modularity & Robustness: possibility of extending the size and volume of photobioreactors without loss of performance

Patented technology developed in-house combined with the know-how acquired by the team over nearly 10 years

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Our team

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Management & Board

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Vincent Usache is an AgroParisTech-trained agronomist who also has an MBA from Audencia Business School. He draws on fifteen years’ experience in multinational companies working on the commercial and technical development of high value-added ingredients. Vincent joined Microphyt in 2013 as CEO.

Alain Guillemin et Hubert Garaud, directeur et président de Terrena

Alain Guillemin brings to Microphyt the vision and experience acquired as CEO of companies such as Terrena and Royal Canin. He has been an independent Administrator of Microphyt since 2017.

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Olivier Clech, formerly Vice-President of Lallemand Inc. and now CEO of Nor-Feed Holding, has been an independent Administrator of Microphyt since 2015. His engagement in the company’s strategy has led to the establishment and strengthening of major industrial partnerships.

Other advisors

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Starting Bloch : Jean François Bloch, strategic support in Intellectual Property

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E-CFO : VĂ©ronique Puyau, Finance and Accounting Expertise

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BioAdvice – Claude Bensoussan : consulting & expertise in industrial biotechnology

Investors

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demeter partners

OUR HISTORY

We have the firm belief at Microphyt that microalgae contain the essential characteristics necessary to help solve the current challenges of nutrition, well-being and health.

These microscopic plants, the first links in the aquatic food chain, are capable of producing from light and CO2 an infinite variety of molecules to adapt themselves to any living environment. And these natural active compounds offer many benefits for nutrition, for health and for well-being.

The richness of microalgae still remains mostly untapped. Only a few species are cultivated on an industrial scale. Thanks to the know-how of our teams and to the innovative production processes we have developed, the possibility is now open to access this immense/huge biodiversity.

As we conduct our business in accordance with strong social and environmental values, we commit to be ecologically responsible and socially equitable.

Microphyt is founded by Arnaud Muller-Feuga, a world-renowned microalgae expert, formerly of IFREMER (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) and the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission).
2007
Michel Lemar, a specialist in the industrialization of bioprocesses for health, joins the company. The first patent is filed. The first production unit is brought into operation.
2009
First biomass sales of custom-made microalgae. The production unit is expanded.
2010
Production of new species and the implementation of coordinated R&D programs.
2011/12
Vincent Usache joins Microphyt to develop the marketing strategy. A call for funds raises more than € 2 million.
2013
The production unit is expanded again. The first products developed by Microphyt are brought to market.
2014
Microphyt receives support from the European Commission for its SMILE project.
2015/16
Implementation of an integrated Corporate Social Responsibility policy.
2016
Obtention of ENVOL certification thanks to our respect for the environment. SMILE progresses. Industrial collaborations developed in cosmetics and nutrition-health.
2017

OUR PARTNERS

Supports

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The competitiveness clusters

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Associations

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bio medical alliance