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WATCH: ‘We want Spira to be the Willy Wonka of algae…’

WATCH: ‘We want Spira to be the Willy Wonka of algae…’

By Elaine Watson

One of 15 startups pitching at Rabobank’s FoodBytes! competition in Chicago last month, Spira is using CRISPR gene editing techniques to create more stable natural blue pigments from spirulina, and exploring the potential of spirulina protein isolate.

WATCH: FoodBytes! Chicago winner Capro-X tackles acid whey

WATCH: FoodBytes! Chicago winner Capro-X tackles acid whey

By Elaine Watson

Capro-X - a spin-off from Cornell University - uses microbes to convert the organic compounds in acid whey into high-value flavor and fragrance ingredients such as caproic acid and caprylic acid, which are currently sourced from palm oil.

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