The partnership will make use of Sphera's proprietary encapsulation technology and Algatech's biotechnological expertise to aid in the development of innovative delivery formats for microalgae-derived ingredients.
The first product under the collaboration, a water-soluble powder form of AstaPure, Algatech's all-natural astaxanthin brand, is slated to launch over the next few months.
The powder, once dissolved in water, will make for a clear, odourless solution with a neutral taste. It is also said to enhance the bioavailability of its ingredients.
Delivery on demand
Algatech CEO Hagai Stadler said, "The nutraceutical market is fast-changing. Companies are looking for new delivery forms and higher value for their products, and Sphera's proprietary technology is able to answer this growing demand.
"Sphera was established by three dedicated scientists, and successfully developed innovative encapsulation technology. That technology will allow for the incorporation of astaxanthin and other microalgae ingredients into new food and beverage categories, and add significant value to existing markets."
He added that cooperation across the value chain with tech firms such as Sphera was another step forward in Algatech's strategy for elevating the health benefits of microalgae.
"The development of new functional products requires technologies that improve bioavailability and potency. Our expertise allows us to offer consumers unique products that are appealing to the senses," said Sphera CEO Gianni Zoccatelli.
"We are devoted to using biodegradable materials and creating sustainable products. We are very excited to partner with a leading microalgae company like Algatech, which is committed to the environment and has created great sustainable ingredients."
Stadler added: "Partnering across the value chain with cutting-edge technology companies such as Sphera Encapsulation — and others to come — is yet another step forward in our strategy for bringing the benefits of microalgae to the next level."