[USA] The National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) is an invaluable resource for the algae community around the globe. As a leading distributor of marine microalgae for science and industry, the NCMA has sold its cultures to more than 2800customers in 58 countries. But we have developed into much more than a biological repository. We are continually expanding our service capabilities and are currently working with biotech companies worldwide on a wide range of projects. The projects include collaborating with Bigelow Analytical Services, another Bigelow Laboratory fee-for-service facility, to screen the algal collection for a strain that most efficiently produces the compound desired for a specific end product. We are then using the Bigelow Seawater Suite to optimize growth conditions, generate a better understanding of the pilot scale financial model and mass-produce that strain.
When a desired culture is selected for a specific activity we will hold it in a private collection to ensure a clean back up is always available. The private collection service offered by NCMA is a useful tool for companies developing a risk management plan. As algal related products approach commercialization, the NCMA offers multiple options for licensing agreements. At this point in the commercialization process private collection cultures can transfer to patent deposits for the patent application process, as NCMA is also a WIPO Patent Deposit Authority.
In addition to cultures, media kits, and contract R&D services, the NCMA maintains a wealth of information on its website. We not only have information for each strain in the collection but we maintain recipes for media, answers to frequently asked questions and tips for successful culturing. The NCMA website was visited almost 50,000 times last year according to our analytics report. Figure 1 shows the demographics of our visitors and demonstrates our global reach as a leading algal resource. Our mission is to continue to grow our services and online resources while maintaining our expansive and diverse collection for the algal community. We appreciate the continued support of our living repository of algal biodiversity and we welcome feedback. Please visit our website at ncma.bigelow.org.
Press release by NCMA
Photo: Figure shows the demographics of our visitors and demonstrates our global reach as a leading algal resource.