Necton S.A. is the oldest company in Europe dedicated to the production and commercialization of microalgae, producing algae biomass especially for the aquaculture and cosmetics sectors. It is also a leader in the production and marketing of traditional salt, with a high brine production that it seeks to enhance through this project. In 2016, Necton significantly increased its microalgae production capacity within the scope of a European project (INTESUSAL), having an industrial unit with cutting-edge technology. Currently, five tubular photobioreactors with a total volume of around 100-m3 ensure efficient and sustained production of a wide variety of microalgae species with high biotechnological application. These cultivation systems allow the production of microalgae biomass with high biochemical and biological quality. The company has a unique and differentiated experience in the cultivation of more than 30 species of microalgae (for example, Nannochloropsis sp., Tetraselmis sp., Tisochrysis lutea, Phaeodactylum tricornutum, Skeletonema costatum, Pavlova sp., among others).
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Victória del Pino
Yago del Valle-Inclán
In 2015, UALG had a team of 768 faculty members permanently linked to the institution and researchers involved in 90 R&D projects. Fostered by international interpersonal and institutional networks and by projects developed in cooperation with other universities, UALG intends to update curriculum content and promote innovation, considering these synergies as an opportunity, not only to contribute to its development academic research, but also to promote innovation, increase the incubation of research projects in order to achieve the ultimate goal of higher education institutions: accumulate academic knowledge and demonstrate your excellence in investigation. Finally, the role played by UALG in creating technology-based companies, made up of researchers and master’s students and PhD, who value the results of their research in the market.
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Founded in 1973 and a national pioneer in the provision of training in various areas, the University of Aveiro (UA) is today considered one of the most innovative universities in Portugal, known for its quality of teaching and research, and also committed to cooperation with the business community.
Currently, it is attended by around 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 9% of whom are international students. The academic community also comprises around 1400 professors and researchers and 630 members of the technical, administrative, and management staff. In recent years, the UA’s capacity-building effort in terms of infrastructure (buildings and scientific equipment) and lines of research, including human resources and people, has been essential to provide the UA with superior competitiveness and thus ensure a better future and a greater and more effective contribution to regional and national development. The matrix nature of the UA is the basis for inter and transdisciplinary research, based on sharing experiences, exchanging information, improving practices, and promoting joint projects between researchers from the different scientific areas of the UA. The University of Aveiro team involved in the project is made up of professors and researchers from different Departments, integrating different lines of action in the areas of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Chemical Engineering, as well as in interface areas such as Nanotechnology and Marine Sciences. This team has made a strategic and continuous commitment to connecting with the business, associative and cooperative sectors, with a view to transferring scientific and technological knowledge and consequent endogenization by companies, associations, and entities in the Region and the Country.