Biores is a small company at the interface between research and production. In close cooperation with universities, it develops products derived mainly from microalgae and bacteria for its client-partners in the agri-food (food supplement) and cosmetics sectors. It also produces original formulations based on these ingredients for the animal feed sector.
In a very small business, you have to be at two places at the same time. When it comes to R&D, therefore, it is necessary to define your strategy clearly and identify where its added value lies. For the rest, you need to surround yourself with the right people and call on specialists. The solution of collaborative projects carried out under the Competitiveness Clusters (Wagralim in our case) quite naturally meets this need in terms of strategic development through research.
- Develop innovative products (“unique selling proposition”) derived from algae to reach new (particularly export) markets
- Develop knowledge of these products (analysis, action mechanisms, etc.)
- Demonstrate their effectiveness by means of a clinical study
“Biores has identified very promising ingredients from spirulina for the prevention of hypercholesterolemia. It was not possible to develop the necessary knowledge (proof of concept) to reach the food supplement market on its own. Contacts were accordingly made with the Tilman laboratories, a reference in the food supplement sector in the Walloon Region, and we were able to convince them of the interest of the products and their development with the support of the Wagralim Cluster and the Walloon Region.
What followed was great cooperation to structure the project. The Active Chromophores in Human Health (CASH) project has launched some weeks ago with a great team of specialist and dynamic partners. I have no doubt that we will have an original product in the coming months and that we will have demonstrated its effectiveness thanks to the expertise of the academic partners!”