Why Algem?

Why Algem?

Algenuity represents a unique blend of talented molecular and cell biologists, mixed with a pool of electrical engineers, physicists, software developers, and mathematicians.

When we realised that we needed an algal photobioreactor product with capabilities that were not offered by any product currently on the market - we set out to develop and build an algal photobioreactor through a truly collaborative process involving daily dialogue between biologists, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, software coders and other members of our team.

Algem emerged as our flagship product - an algal photobioreactor designed to incorporate inherent experimental flexibility with repeatable, predictable, precise experimental execution balanced against ease of use and product cost.

Industry Problem

  • LED lights have wide ranges of variability from their manufactured specifications within and among different supplied batches

  • While these variations are not noticeable for home lighting, slight variations can have large impacts on the quality and reproducibility of photosynthetic research outputs

  • These variations and “optical noise” can produce differences in growth rates, gene expression, and other physiological factors

  • This lighting problem affects lighted shaking incubators, in-house DIY photobioreactors, and other labscale systems on the market

  • The optical noise compromises the accuracy of the data and makes it difficult to elucidate and isolate clear data relationships; reproducing the data becomes very difficult if not impossible under these conditions

  • Precision calibration of LEDs is required - however, even industry accepted light meters have accuracies that vary plus or minus 20%

The  Algem® Solution

  • Algenuity’s parent company, Spicer Consulting, has over 20 years of specialised electronics experience with clients that include Intel, Samsung, Hitachi, and Zeiss

  • Our engineers have worked alongside the algal R&D scientists to solve this difficult electronics problem

  • Our engineers have designed a proprietary in-house calibration tool that closely matches each LED, working alongside the sophisticated electronics circuit board within the Algem®

  • Every Algem® must pass final quality control testing with the photoautotrophic microalgal strain, Dunaliella salina, to make sure that each Algem unit meets our exacting specification with regard to performance matching of growth response to environment

  • Experimental noise resulting from variations in cultivation environment has been minimised within our Algem systems, expanding the possibilities for sophisticated experiments such as “design of experiments” multi-parametric optimisations, and transcriptomics and other ‘-omics’-based analyses

  • The calibrated Algem® LEDs produce accurate data that can be reproduced and transferred via Excel or .csv file to other collaborators
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