02 September 2013
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Contents
Preface
Notes from the Editor
Feature Article
BioMarine International Clusters Association (BICA) Launched
News
Irish Marine Biotechnology Delegation Travels to Canada
Walsh Fellowship Scheme 2013
Marine Biodiscovery, Far West Exploration
Rendez-vous de Concarneau , "Where Industry meets science".
Events
The World Is Your Oyster: How You Eat It Is Up To You. Insights into Careers in Marine and Food Research.
SmartOcean Forum - Blue Growth: Seize the Opportunity. Share the Potential.
5th Congress of the International Society for Applied Phycology (ISAP) 2014
5th BioMarine International Business Convention
“2014 University-Industry Interaction Conference”
Publications
Technology Entrepreneurship – Bringing Innovation to the Marketplace
Fatty acid contents and profiles of 16 macroalgae collected from the Irish Coast at two seasons
In vitro assessment of the cardioprotective, anti-diabetic and antioxidant potential of Palmaria palmata protein hydrolysates
UPLC-MS profiling of low molecular weight phlorotannin polymers in Ascophyllum nodosum, Pelvetia canaliculata and Fucus spiralis
Enrichment of polyphenol contents and antioxidant activities of Irish brown macroalgae using food-friendly techniques based on polarity and molecular size
Bioactive compounds from marine mussels and their effects on human health.
The α-amylase and α-glucosidase inhibitory effects of Irish seaweed extracts
Contact
Marine Biotechnology Research Coordination Unit
Ryan Institute
National University of Ireland, Galway
University Rd
Galway
Ireland

P: +353 91 494135
E: ilaria.nardello@nuigalway.ie


 
 

Preface
Notes from the Editor
by Ilaria Nardello

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Feature Article
BioMarine International Clusters Association (BICA) Launched


On July 29th, 2013, BioMarine announced the BioMarine International Clusters Association (BICA), a new organisation with a mission to federate existing clusters for innovation and the sustainable utilization of marine bioresources and biotechnologies.
 
Founding members of BICA are:
Pierre Erwes, BioMarine Chairman and BICA founder;
HE Bernard Fautrier, CEO of the Prince Albert II
of Monaco Foundation;
Øystein Lie, Chairman MareLife, Norway;
Deborah Mosca, CEO Marine Bio-Technologies
Center of Innovation , USA;
Ilaria Nardello, Marine Biotechnology Research Coordinator,
NUI Galway, Ireland.

BICA was officialy launched at the 2013 BioMarine Business Convention, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from 9 to 12 September.

According to Pierre Erwes: "The biomarine industry is a “transversal” industry sector bringing a novel approach to economic growth and a large potential for new business opportunities and jobs at the regional, national and international levels. This new initiative seeks to structure and integrate the biomarine industry and foster economic development by creating international business opportunities and partnerships."

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, during his live interview at BioMarine Halifax 2013, stated: "I am ready to welcome organisations [in Monaco] that seek sound and sustainable ocean management and I think this is the case of B.I.C.A. and for this I am extremely proud and happy to be able to welcome them".


Read the full press release..

View the full intervention of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Interview at BioMarine Halifax 2013



News
Irish Marine Biotechnology Delegation Travels to Canada
Report from Biomarine 2013
A delegation of Irish representatives, from the industry, policy and research sectors, traveled to Canada, in early September, to stimulate trans-Atlantic marine biotechnology driven R&D initiatives and intrenational marine biobusiness. The initiative was overseen by the Office of the Vice-President for Research of NUI Galway and activated by the Marine Biotechnology Research Coordination Unit (MBRC-IE). The occasion was the Biomarine 2013 convention, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The delegation included a representative of the national Beaufort Award for Marine Biodiscovery Research - Prof. Deniz  Tasdemir, at NUI Galway; and Mr. Declan Troy, from Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre, for the national Marine Functional Foods Research Initiative - Nutramara. Among the research performers, and with a strong vocation for services to industry is also the Shannon ABC group, an Enterprise Ireland funded Research Gate infrastructure and a collaboration between Limerick IT and Tralee IT. Industry delegates to the convention included the historical business of Arramara Teo, the main supplier of raw seaweed material from the west coast; and Oilean Glas Teoranta (OGT), an Irish company with a core business based on the harvesting and processing macro algae from the Donegal coast, for applications in the horticulture, animal health, cosmetics, human nutrition, biopharma sectors and other value-added markets. The participation of representatives from the development agency Údarás na Gaeltachta was particularly significant given the agency’s awareness of the need to add value to our marine biological resources and of being integral part of the innovation process.

Our delegation had a great impact on the convention, with various representatives directly engaged in panel discussions and session chairing. Short reports follow from the sessions where our delegates were involved in (photos courtesy of Biomarine Ltd., all rights reserved).


Marine-based Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
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From left to right: Ilaria Nardello (session moderator), Marine Biotechnology Research Coordinator, NUI Galway, IE; Martin Beaulieu, Director, InnoVactiv, Canada; Alan Critchley, VP Research, Acadian Seaplants Ltd, Canada; Arvid Lindberg, CEO Aquabiotech, NO; Helena Vieira, CEO Bioalvo, PTFrom left to right: I. Nardello (session moderator), NUI Galway, IE; Martin Beaulieu, Director, InnoVactiv, Canada; Alan Critchley, VP Research, Acadian Seaplants Ltd, Canada; Arvid Lindberg, CEO Aquabiotech, NO; Helena Vieira, CEO Bioalvo, PT


The session focused on the research and development of novel natural marine ingredients for Cosmetics & Personal Care products, an intensely innovative market area, with approximately 7,000 (seven thousand) new or improved functional cosmetics released, annually, based on natural products. Our panel discussion with authoritative industry representatives (Aquabiotech Ltd, Norway; Bioalvo, Portugal; Acadian Seaplants, Canada; InnoVactiv, Canada) confirmed that 'the marine' is a source of novel and exotic ingredeinets that can be sustainably produced - all key elements to stay competitive in today’s marketplace. However, sound scientific evidence of the benefits associated with any new ingredient is in high demand, both from the consumers’ side and from the larger manufacturing industry; a demand that is reinforced by increasingly stringent product regulations. Small companies need to act strategically in order to avoid killer overspending while pursuing claims substantiation.


Marine Natural
Products and Nutraceuticals
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Mr Declan Troy, Assistant Research Director at Teagasc, IE, panelist, pictured (right) during the panel discussion.


The session highlighted that the sectoral innovation is lagging behind despite the acknowledged high-potential of marine bioesources to bring novel elements to the food and nutraceuticals sector. It was suggested that trade groups from different marine-derived products, representing oil, seaweed, proteins, enzymes, microbes, etc., worked more closely together to explore and adddress common issues and growth opportunities. The need for improved delivery forms and mechanisms of actions is particularly evident, as it is the need to educate the consumer. 



Marine Potential Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs)
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The session included both academic and industrial researchers highlighting the importance of both secondary and primary metabolites (including toxins) from marine macro- and micro-organisms in the development of drugs for human diseases. The importance of natural product chemistry, as well as synthetic, semi-synthetic and biosynthetic approaches for designing novel natural molecules and to meet the supply issue have been underlined. The need for larger investments and partnerships in marine biotechnology is obvious for successful translation of discovery into commercial pharmaceuticals.  Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir, Professor of Natural Product Chemistry and Marine Biodiscovery, at the National University of Ireland, Galway, presented a very well received talk on: “Search for Potential Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) in Warm, Temperate and Colder Waters”.


Seaweed Biorefinery

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Franck Hennequart, technical director of Oilean Glas Teo, Ireland (OGT) was one of the experts on the seaweed biorefinery panel. From the discussion, he reports that 'Biorefinery' is intended as "the use and valorisation of any component in 1kg of seaweed". Whether biofuel production from seaweed responds to this criterion was part of the discussion, with some stakeholders regarding the biofuel products as pure commodities and others as viable biorefinery products. It appears that the high end of the market lies with the remaining portions of the extracted biomass of wild or culturable seaweed species such as Laminaria, Saccharina, Undaria, Ascophyllum, Kappaphycus, Eucheuma, Gracilaria, Porphyra and some green seaweeds like Ulva - but bioprocessing technologies are still in need of improvement.


Biomarine Clusters
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From left to right: Oystein Lie, CEO, Marlife, NO; Rory Francis, Executive Director, PEI BioAlliance, Canada; Ernst Kloosterman, CEO, Industrial Biotech Network, NO; Brian Monks, Int. Business Development, Capbiotek, FR; Deb Mosca, CEO, Marine Biotechnologies Center for Innovation; Ilaria Nardello, Marine Biotehcnology Research Coordinator, NUI Galway, IE; Pierre Erwes, Chairman, Biomarine, FR.


The Characteristics of existing clusters and innovation networks were explored as well as the needs for the realisation of the Biomarine International Clusters Association ( B.I.C.A.), an international scouting platform for marine biotech R&D, which would operate through a coordinated network of expert contact points. Ireland's representative for BICA and BICA founder is Dr. Ilaria Nardello (ilaria.nardello@nuigalway.ie), Marine Biotechnology Research Coordinator, operating from NUI Galway. 

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Walsh Fellowship Scheme 2013
To complement and build on recent research conducted as part of NutraMara, Dara Kirke has started a project “Optimisation and Standardisation of phlorotannin profiles of commercially valuable seaweeds with food applications”, supervised by Dr Dagmar Stengel at NUI Galway and Drs Rai and Smyth at Teagasc Food Research Centre at Ashtown, under the  Walsh Fellowship Scheme 2013. This project aims to provide a detailed characterisation of phlorotannins in brown seaweed of commercial value, elucidating the relative importance of intrinsic and extrinsic factors that impact on phlorotannin pools.
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Marine Biodiscovery, Far West Exploration
Marine Scientists Explore Biodiversity and Ecosystems in Irish Waters
Dr Louise Allcock, of NUI Galway, led a team of 14 scientists in a three-week deep sea research survey aboard the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer. Part of an ongoing effort to understand Ireland’s deep-sea biodiversity, in parallel with the national marine biodiscovery programme, the team investigated the underwater habitats of the Whittard Canyon, a valley in the Irish Atlantic margin system. Many of the specimens collected  with the use of the ship's Deepwater Remotely Operated Vehicle, including a rare five kilogram sponge, will be used in biodiscovery research and tested for antibacterial and other therapeutic properties. A rare giant hydroid over half a metre in diameter is pictured (Ⓒ NUI Galway).
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Rendez-vous de Concarneau , "Where Industry meets science".
by B. Monks, cluster manager, CapBioteck (FR)
In an intimate setting at the marine biological station, around 50 participants attended the two-day event with people coming from as far away as northern Norway, there were Germans, English and French.  The event coincided with the European Biotech week, that was organized by EuropaBio.  The topics included trends in micro algae, aquaculture, climate change, EU policy on marine biotech(a future ERA-Net is underway), and marine bio-prospecting from the icy waters of northern Norway. A third day (October 5th) saw an open house at the marine biological station and a steady stream of people, from students to grandparents, kept the room filled at more than 70 people listening to the promise of biotechnology (and marine biotechnology) as well as the local growing economy based on this innovative technology.
Events
The World Is Your Oyster: How You Eat It Is Up To You. Insights into Careers in Marine and Food Research.
31 October 2013, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Dublin 15
Info and registration:
Dr Fiona Manning
NutraMara Programme Manager
Fiona.Manning@teagasc.ie
by FRIDAY 18th October 2013.

Participants intending to submit a poster should indicate so in their registration email. This is a free event but number of participants is limited.
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SmartOcean Forum - Blue Growth: Seize the Opportunity. Share the Potential.
5-6 November 2013, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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5th Congress of the International Society for Applied Phycology (ISAP) 2014
22-27 June 2014, Sidney, Australia
Read more +
5th BioMarine International Business Convention
30–31 October 2014, Cascais, Portugal
Read more +
“2014 University-Industry Interaction Conference”
23-25 April 2014, Barcelona (ES)
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Publications
Technology Entrepreneurship – Bringing Innovation to the Marketplace
New Book
Technology Entrepreneurship – Bringing Innovation to the Marketplace (Dec. 2013).  Palgrave-Macmillian, London, UK.
Authors: Dr.Natasha Evers (Marketing Discipline, NUI Galway); Dr. James Cunningham, (Director Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway) and Dr. Thomas Hoholm, (BI School of Management, Norway).

Overview of Book
Integrating theory and practice, this book provides students with the knowledge, skills and practical approaches needed to deal with the challenges involved in managing, commercialising and marketing technological innovation and new business development.  A variety of short and long case studies are included from Canada, Europe, Scandanavia and Asia in technology related sectors such as web based technologies, green technologies, nano and biotechnology, material science, marine food processing, instrumentation and electronics, and information technology.

 

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Fatty acid contents and profiles of 16 macroalgae collected from the Irish Coast at two seasons
Research output of NutraMara - Marine Functional Foods Research Initiative, led by Teagasc Ashtown

Schmid M, Guihéneuf F and Stengel D. (2013). Fatty acid contents and profiles of 16 macroalgae collected from the Irish Coast at two seasons. J Appl. Phycol. DOI 10.1007/s10811-013-0132-2.

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In vitro assessment of the cardioprotective, anti-diabetic and antioxidant potential of Palmaria palmata protein hydrolysates
Harnedy P and Fitzgerald RJ (2013). In vitro assessment of the cardioprotective, anti-diabetic and antioxidant potential of Palmaria palmata protein hydrolysates. J Appl. Phycol. DOI 10.1007/s10811-013-0017-4
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UPLC-MS profiling of low molecular weight phlorotannin polymers in Ascophyllum nodosum, Pelvetia canaliculata and Fucus spiralis
Tierney, M.S., Soler-Vila, A., Rai, D.K., Croft, A.K., Brunton, N., Smyth, T.J. (2013). UPLC-MS profiling of low molecular weight phlorotannin polymers in Ascophyllum nodosum, Pelvetia canaliculata and Fucus spiralis. Metabolomics DOI 10.1007/s11306-013-0584-z.
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Enrichment of polyphenol contents and antioxidant activities of Irish brown macroalgae using food-friendly techniques based on polarity and molecular size
Tierney, M.S., Smyth T.J., Rai D.K., Soler-Vila A., Croft A.K., Brunton N. (2013) Enrichment of polyphenol contents and antioxidant activities of Irish brown macroalgae using food-friendly techniques based on polarity and molecular size.  Food Chemistry, 139 (753-761)
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Bioactive compounds from marine mussels and their effects on human health.
Grienke U, Silke J and Tasdemir D. (2014). Bioactive compounds from marine mussels and their effects on human health.  Food Chemistry 142 (48–60).
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The α-amylase and α-glucosidase inhibitory effects of Irish seaweed extracts
Lordan, S Smyth T, Soler-Vila, A, Stanton C and Ross, P. (2013). The α-amylase and α-glucosidase inhibitory effects of Irish seaweed extracts. Food Chemistry 141 (2170–2176).
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