PROALG born near of 2010, comes from a 4th generation family business located in the Atacama region of northern Chile and the tannery directly connected to the algae industry.. The seaweed industry in Atacama began in the late 1970s and has now become a social, economic and ecological problem due to the high price per kilo on the coast. Atacama has become a center of economic activity with a global impact, representing the region with the greatest extraction of algae from natural meadows on the planet. PROALG's proposal is to improve the environment and local economy by increasing added value through technological advances.
The coasts of the South Pacific represent one of the cleanest natural environments on the planet, its cold currents rich in nutrients offer an excellent environment for marine biodiversity and specifically in Atacama these factors are accentuated by being the only region in the country where there is only artisanal level fishing. The low industrial flow and ecological impact on its coasts provides conditions of low human activity in places of wide geographical extension, becoming a key factor in the development of high purity resources.
The production methods have been developed in accordance with the Chilean Pharmacopoeia and the algae are processed with special care to keep them extremely clean.
Three types of brown macro algae are used, each with different characteristics in their alginates, in addition to the virtues of their alginates, these types of algae contain almost twice as much alginate as the rest of the algae present in other oceans.
PROALG has all the necessary permits for laboratory work and alginate production required to market its products globally.
The results of heavy metal analysis show that PROALG has alginates up to 10 times cleaner than other high purity alginates on the market, this has also proven to be important for working with cells. The applications in different areas that are developed with alginates seem to be endless, in this case the interest in MedTech applications is very high, they are focused on Tissue Engineering among other important and interesting treatments in the medical sector.
Located in the driest desert in the world, in the coastal industry with the largest harvest of natural algae on the planet, science has been developed, adding value to preserve the environment and the local economy. With this PROALG have become the pioneers in Atacama, Chile, South America and the globe in producing one of the cleanest and best quality alginates in the market.
Connected with laboratories from Atacama to Manchester, Berlín, Milán, Buenos Aires, Tokio, etc. This allowed to advance in the prototype phase to reach the final product ready for the market introduction phase.
For the 2022 market, 3 high purity sodium alginates have been developed, with variations in their composition proportions of mannuronic and guluronic acids (M/G). These are: NaAlg M/G ratios: 1:1, 1.5:1 and 1:1.5.
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