Tuesday, 7 February 2017

BioLargo’s Advanced Oxidation System (AOS) Poised to Impact $862 Billion Global Water Market

Goldman Sachs calls water “the petroleum
for the next century” adding, “investors who
know how to play the infrastructure boom
will reap huge rewards.”

Test results show that the AOS achieves
unprecedented rates of disinfection, and eliminates
infectious biological pathogens such as Salmonella
enterica, Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli.

BioLargo continues its mission to Make Life Better.  

Biolargo Signs Veteran Water Industry Executive Mark Lambert as Strategic Advisor

BioLargo, Inc. (OTCQB: BLGO) announced that Mark Lambert had joined its team as a “strategic advisor” to help develop and refine the company’s commercialization plan for its break-through Advanced Oxidation System within the water industry. Mr. Lambert has over 25 years of experience as a senior level executive with extensive experience in the water, renewable energy and environmental services industries and has a strong track record of success in the management of successful organizations. Mr. Lambert’s expertise includes P&L and operations management, sales and marketing management, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, growth capital and transactional support.

Most recently Mr. Lambert served as Chief Executive Officer of IDE Americas Inc., a world leader in water treatment solutions specializing in the development, engineering, construction and operation of enhanced desalination and industrial water treatment plants. Mr. Lambert was responsible for all IDE activities in the Americas, including project delivery methods such as Engineering Procurement & Construction, Build & Operate, and Build Own Operate & Transfer. In addition to desalination, under Mr. Lambert’s tenure as CEO IDE Americas activities included industrial wastewater treatment in oil and gas, power generation, and mining.

Prior to IDE Americas, Mr. Lambert was Chief Operating Officer of Test America, a leading environmental testing firm focusing on clients in the municipal and industrial market sectors. In that role, Mr. Lambert was responsible for the P&L management of the analytical testing division with annual revenue of $350 million and 2,500 employees. Mr. Lambert has also held various senior management positions, including at American Water, U.S. Filter (Siemens) Corporation, Culligan, and Imperial Chemical Industries.  Mr. Lambert is actively involved in the water and environmental community, including the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Quality Association, and has served on several AWWA and WQA steering committees including the Point of Use committee and was a founding member of the WQA World Assembly. Mr. Lambert is a certified EPA “CUPPS” trainer for small community water agencies. Mr. Lambert received a BS in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from Golden Gate University.

BioLargo’s president Dennis P. Calvert commented, “We are honored that Mark has chosen to work with us and to help guide our company to the next level. We believe his extensive experience, knowledge and relationships in the water industry will help propel BioLargo’s technologies forward to commercial success.”

Mr. Lambert commented, “BioLargo’s Advanced Oxidation System (AOS) represents a breakthrough in the cost-effective treatment of difficult water and wastewater streams for both municipal and industrial applications. I look forward to working with the team at BioLargo in positioning this advanced technology for commercial success”

About BioLargo, Inc. 
BioLargo, Inc. (BLGO) makes life better by delivering sustainable technology-based products that help solve some of the most widespread problems threatening the world's supply of water, food, agriculture, healthcare and energy. More information can be found about the company and its subsidiaries at www.BioLargo.com. Its subsidiary BioLargo Water, Inc. (www.BioLargoWater.com) showcases the Advanced Oxidation Systems, including its AOS Filter -- a product in development specifically designed to eliminate common, troublesome, and dangerous (toxic) contaminants in water in a fraction of the time and cost of current technologies. It is the winner of the Technology Star award by New Technology Magazine for its breakthrough innovation for the oil industry and is named the Technology Innovation Leader in the water treatment market by Frost & Sullivan. BioLargo also owns a 50% interest in the Isan System, which was honored with a "Top 50 Water Company for the 21st Century" award by the Artemis Project now being commercialized under a license to Clarion Water, Inc. BioLargo's subsidiary Odor-No-More Inc., features award-winning products serving the pet, equine, military supply and consumer markets, including the Nature's Best Solution® and Deodorall® brands (www.OdorNoMore.com). BioLargo's subsidiary Clyra Medical Technologies, Inc. (www.ClyraMedical.com) focuses on advanced wound care management.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Biolargo Hatches Plan to Help Poultry Industry Make Clean Farms, Healthy Chickens, Safer Food and More Profit

The poultry industry is big business, but also faces big challenges. Since 1992, chicken has outpaced beef in per capita sales in the U.S., and during 2016, wholesale poultry sales were $60 billion. Despite this progress, a barrier to continued growth in this sector is pathogen control and other poultry health challenges that have demonstrated their potential to impact sales negatively.

Avian Flu (HPAI) outbreaks in the U.S. have impacted exports significantly, according to
Nan-Dirk Mulder, senior global animal protein analyst, Rabobank: "There is weak demand for U.S. broiler exports, which may be down 10 percent due to the trade restrictions that have resulted from the HPAI outbreaks."

Improving the health and safety of poultry is clearly of great importance to industry because it can help shore up sales and reduce potentially large losses at a time when margins are struggling well below 5%.

The economics of modern poultry production dictate the crowded nature of poultry coops or cages. In turn, crowding makes it difficult to manage cleanliness and pathogen transmission. Producers are doing their best with the limited arsenal of solutions available to them today, but they are still searching for novel technologies to ensure maximum health for their animals, maximum quality and quantity for their products, and minimum environmental impacts.

Disease Management in Poultry

In the spring of 2015, the second largest egg producer in the US lost 4 million laying hens to avian flu, illustrating a serious need for stronger disease management practices in the poultry industry. The economic effects of this virus are profound - in 2015 a total of 42 million chickens and turkeys were killed or culled because of avian influenza. The Cargill turkey product recall in 2011, where 36 million pounds of ground turkey were recalled due to Salmonella contamination, is another stark reminder of the importance of strong disinfection practices both in poultry production as well as processing.

Other diseases affecting the profitability of poultry production include cellulitis, a condition caused by the infection of cuts and scratches on birds by E. coli, which results in an estimated $12 million in annual condemnation losses in the U.S, as well as Coccidiosis, Coryza, Marek's Disease, Newcastle Disease, Mycoplasma, and Salmonellosis.

In the face of these problems, poultry and egg producers have historically turned to antibiotics and extensive use of chemical cleaners. However, in light of rising antimicrobial resistance, producers are being pressured to curtail prophylactic antibiotic use. Recent studies have isolated several strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in production chickens, illustrating the need for poultry producers to take steps to help stem the tide of antibiotic-resistant pathogens that threaten both animal and human health. Disease prevention in the poultry industry is a battle fought on many fronts, with water and waste management being major areas of concern. It is of utmost importance for water, at all stages in production and processing, to be free of bacterial and chemical contaminants. Existing water treatment technologies, such as the commonly employed chlorine dioxide (ClO­2­), fall short in several aspects, from unpleasant or toxic fumes, corrosion, pH sensitivity, and high operating costs. There is a clear market need for an effective, safe, and economically sustainable clean water technology to meet the challenges of water treatment in the poultry industry.

Poultry production, like any livestock industry, also produces a large quantity of organic waste, particularly manure. Ask any poultry worker, and they will attest to the powerful and unpleasant odors that this waste generates. A significant contributor to this effect is ammonia, which is produced in abundance by waste in poultry facilities. In addition to being unpalatable, ammonia accumulation has been shown to negatively impact the health of production chickens, emphasizing the importance of managing this and other odor-causing compounds in poultry production facilities.

BioLargo Solutions for Healthy Water, Healthy Animals, Healthy Food
Novel food and water safety technologies developed by BioLargo, Inc. (BLGO) can help alleviate many of the issues associated with crowded poultry production and processing sites, including disease management, sanitation, and odor control. All BioLargo platforms use the power of free iodine, a safe, long-studied disinfectant not associated with the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

BioLargo's sustainable technologies have not gone unnoticed. The company reports it was recently awarded a research grant by the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, as part of their Innovation Conservation Program. The MWD, whose mission is to deliver high-quality water to Southern California while minimizing environmental impacts, is one of the nation's leading innovators in water conservation. MWD has awarded BioLargo this funding to evaluate its advanced clean water solution, the Advanced Oxidation System (AOS), for use in California's poultry and food processing sector. This award is the first from MWD and the first US-based grant awarded to BioLargo, with all its prior awards having come from Canada. It is the 31st research grant awarded to BioLargo and its technical collaborators to help advance the AOS to commercialization. The company reports that it has a number of research projects moving ahead to validate the AOS for use in well-water treatment for livestock production, animal health improvements from iodine drinking water, and process water recycling. BioLargo has recently begun working with the Alberta Chicken Producers association and commercial poultry producers. It has also recently become a member of North American Meat Institute.

To further boost commercialization of the AOS, BioLargo recently developed a relationship with Carollo Engineering, arguably the top water-related engineering firm in the US, to conduct verification analysis on BioLargo's technology. Dennis Calvert, CEO of BioLargo, commented, "Carollo will be providing independent third party oversight of some initial demonstration testing starting in February 2017."

This comes on the heels of news reported last month that BioLargo had developed a working relationship with Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) to pursue mutual business opportunities and work towards larger industrial scale applications that can serve BioLargo and CB&I clients. CB&I is a world-leading engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction company, and a provider of environmental and infrastructure services. CB&I has significant interests in environmental remediation, and has numerous clients whose challenges could be met with BioLargo's patented technologies. 

BioLargo's Lowest Cost, Highest Impact AOS Water Treatment Solution 
BioLargo, Inc.'s Advanced Oxidation System, or AOS, is a state-of-the-art water treatment platform that uses three simple ingredients: iodine chemistry, cutting-edge water filtration materials, and electrolysis, to achieve outstanding water disinfection and decontamination results. Researchers have found the AOS to be effective against Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli, reducing bacterial values exceeding 6 logs (99.9999%) in highly contaminated water. This performance is roughly 100x greater than the best-in-class industry standard for poultry water disinfection, chlorine dioxide (ClO2). Researchers call the results "unprecedented". The AOS is also incredibly energy-efficient, estimated to consume is less than 1/20th the energy of UV disinfection, electro-chlorination, or ozonation systems. Dennis Calvert, BioLargo CEO says, "The AOS Filter in its Alpha configuration was specifically designed for deployment in the agricultural and livestock industries."

Isan System to Maintain Water Sanitation, Prevent Spread of Disease, and Reduce Airborne Wastes
AOS is not the only BioLargo technology that may impact the poultry industry. BioLargo's Isan System is an efficient, low-cost, reliable aqueous iodine delivery system, and already approved by the EPA for use in poultry drinking water. The Isan provides residual iodine for livestock production water, enabling persistent, long-lasting disinfection for that water as it is delivered to the animals. Featuring full automation, the Isan is a set-it-and-forget-it water treatment solution, and allows effective and cost-efficient water disinfection with minimal labor requirements. The Isan produces pure and accurate doses of iodine, a safe and long-understood disinfectant not associated with the development of any bacterial resistance - an important fact in a time when antimicrobial resistance is of the utmost concern. Iodine is also effective at a broader range of pH than chlorine-based solutions, meaning less labor is required to monitor and maintain the pH of water dosed by the Isan, and there is little chance of treatment failure due to pH fluctuations. Iodine is effective against a vast range of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, making it an ideal disinfectant to defend against the diverse pathogens relevant to the poultry industry.

Iodine, such as that used in the Isan system, has other benefits other than making clean water. Iodine has been shown to cause increased weight gain in some poultry, as well as negate some of the negative effects of bromine consumption in chickens. The beneficial effects of iodine in feed water are currently under additional study in a research collaboration between BioLargo and University of Alberta scientists. The study focuses on the effect of iodine in drinking water on the health of chicken guts and the composition of bacteria that live there, which has in recent years come to light as an important health determinant in all animals.

The Isan system is ideal for disinfecting large amounts of feed water, and is compatible with misting or spraying systems, providing a surface and air disinfection solution perfect for poultry production facilities. Iodine misted by an Isan system may be useful to reduce the incidence of topical infections such as cellulitis, a condition caused by scratches infected with E. coli, which iodine has well-documented efficacy against. Since cellulitis is a cause of meat condemnation and is estimated to cause upwards of $12 million in losses in the US alone each year, Isan implementation could save producers significant costs in this area alone. This is an area that is targeted for further study. 

CupriDyne Clean to Reduce Odor and Improve Air Quality 
In addition to AOS and Isan, BioLargo's CupriDyne Clean provides safe, gentle, and effective odor control solutions for industry. The FDA considers all components of CupriDyne Clean to be GRAS (generally recognized as safe) for consumption by humans and animals. It works by eliminating odor-causing chemicals (volatile organic compounds) rather than masking them with fragrances. CupriDyne Clean can improve air quality in poultry production facilities. CupriDyne clean has been shown to be effective in eliminating ammonia, a major contributor to unpleasant odors in livestock production and a source of health problems for livestock animals.

CupriDyne Clean is eco-friendly, non-toxic, and non-sensitizing, making it suitable for busy industrial settings where workers are present. CupriDyne Clean is also an effective stain remover and all-surface wash, and combined with its dramatic odor control, makes the perfect product to maintain a healthier, more productive facility.

Potential Beneficiaries of BioLargo Poultry Solutions 
Disruptive products commonly face challenging barriers to market entry (e.g. regulatory hurdles, incumbent advantage), and one would expect BioLargo's technologies to be no different. As BioLargo's superior products find their way to market, major poultry producers that stand to benefit from BioLargo's poultry solutions are:

  •  Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN), processed 33.41 million broilers at an average live weight of 5.75 pounds to produce 175.6 million RTC pounds of chicken on an average weekly basis in 2015. 
  • U.S. broiler producer, Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (PPC), processed 28.85 million broilers weekly at an average live weight of 5.71 pounds to produce 141.67 million pounds of chicken. 
  • Sanderson Farms, Inc. (SAFM) 
  • Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (CALM), is the largest egg producer. 
  • BRF S. A. (BRFS) is a leading producer of poultry and pork in Brazil.
  • $19 billion Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL) provides a diverse array of meat products including numerous poultry products. 
  • $17 billion Conagra Brands, Inc. (CAG) 

With its high impact, low cost clean water and air solutions, poultry industry operators should soon be flocking to BioLargo to help them achieve increased profits and decreased risk across the board. 

About BioLargo, Inc. 
BioLargo "makes life better" by delivering technology-based products that help solve some of the world's most important problems that threaten water, food, agriculture, healthcare and energy. More information can be found about the company and its subsidiaries at www.BioLargo.com. The subsidiary BioLargo Water, Inc. (www.BioLargoWater.com) showcases the Advanced Oxidation System (AOS), a product designed to eliminate common, troublesome, and toxic contaminants in water in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of current technologies. It is the winner of the Technology Star award by New Technology Magazine for its breakthrough innovation for the oil industry. BioLargo also owns a 50% interest in the Isan System, which was honored with a "Top 50 Water Company for the 21st Century" award by the Artemis Project. The subsidiary Odor-No-More Inc., features award-winning products serving the pet, equine, and consumer markets, including the Nature's Best Solution(R) and Deodorall(R) brands. (www.OdorNoMore.com). The subsidiary Clyra Medical Technologies, Inc. (www.ClyraMedical.com), focuses on advanced wound care management and is preparing to make FDA 510(k) applications in 2017.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Industry Giant Chicago Bridge & Iron to Support Implementation of BioLargo’s Clean Water and Air Technologies

BioLargo, Inc. (OTC: BLGO), owner and developer of the breakthrough AOS (Advanced Oxidation System), a low-energy high-efficiency clean water technology, announced the start of a relationship with Chicago Bridge & Iron, NV (NYSE:CBI). According to the press release and a number of recent interviews with BioLargo’s President & CEO, Dennis P. Calvert, the new relationship was formed to support the commercialization of BioLargo’s proprietary technology and to provide independent performance verification. BioLargo also reports the AOS has been proven to disinfect and decontaminate water better, faster and at a lower cost than any other competing technology.

Based on the breadth and significance of the technical performance claims for its AOS, BioLargo has a broad range of commercial opportunities for large industrial applications that must contend with water such as: maritime ballast water management systems, wastewater treatment, environmental remediation, food safety, oil & gas, mining, and agriculture. Its future uses also promise to impact the drinking water industry, including municipal, home use, and emerging nations. The company is also busy commercializing its new “CupriDyne Clean” an industrial odor control product launched last May. The company reports that the product is so effective and low-cost it is gaining rapid traction through trials with leaders within the waste handling industry and that it has had some early sales. Management believes sales will continue to climb, as they finalize supplier agreements with large multi-location customer accounts. CupriDyne Clean may also have an important role to play in industries that contend with volatile organic compounds like hydrogen sulfide (H2S) that impact air quality and safety.

Dennis P. Calvert, President & CEO of BioLargo commented, “All of our technologies at BioLargo can serve a wide array of industrial customers that want clean water and clean air. Our mission to ‘Make Life Better’ includes helping industry tackle operational challenges cost effectively. That intersection of service is likely where our new relationship with CB&I will shine the brightest and we look forward to working with the exceptional team at CB&I to serve industry.” 

With more than 40,000 employees, $13 billion in annual revenue and over $20 billion in future contracts, CB&I is a world-leading engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction company, and a provider of environmental and infrastructure services. CB&I builds oil refineries, liquefied natural gas terminals, wastewater treatment plants, offshore platforms, and power plants. CB&I is also the world’s largest tank construction company and builds tanks for the oil & gas, mining, water, and wastewater industries. The company also remediates hazardous waste problems. 

Clean water and clean air are at the heart of many of industries served by CB&I and BioLargo’s technologies. Details in the first announcement were slim. This news sends notice to the investment world and to industry that Biolargo’s technologies can have an important role to play in helping solve air and water contamination problems in a safe, effective and affordable way. Calvert has been quick to point out that the current version of the AOS has been engineered to serve entry-level clients and that important scale-up work is required to serve very large-scale industrial clients.  

BioLargo Water’s research team recently showcased the first pre-commercial prototype of its AOS water treatment system, billed as the lowest cost and highest impact, scalable clean water technology in the world. By combining a cutting-edge carbon matrix, advanced iodine chemistry, and electrolysis, this technology rapidly and inexpensively eliminates bacteria and chemical contaminants in water without leaving residual toxins. 

University of Alberta researchers, in collaboration with BioLargo Water Scientists, have confirmed test results that validate the AOS achieves unprecedented rates of disinfection, eliminating infectious biological pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli. The AOS has also been proven effective in oxidizing and removing hard-to-manage soluble organics acids, aromatic compounds, and solvents faster than existing technologies and with very little input energy. Proven test results validate its important role for extremely high oxidation potential to tackle a long “watch list” of contaminants identified by the EPA. The company reports that future generations of the AOS will include the extraction and harvesting of important contaminants like sulfur, nitrates, phosphorus, and even heavy metals. 

The company’s first “Alpha” AOS was constructed in collaboration with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)'s Center for Sensors and Systems Integration and with NAIT's Applied Bio/Nanotechnology Industrial Research Chair. Its “Beta” unit is expected to be ready for commercial trials in 2017. 

"Alpha" AOS- BioLargo’s AOS Water Treatment
Solution Showcased August 2016 at BioLargo
Water’s 2nd Annual Technical Symposium 
What places the AOS above competing technologies is its exceptionally high rate of disinfection (100x more effective than the competition, as verified in poultry production applications) and remarkably low capital and operational costs, made possible by its extremely low amount of electrical energy required to power the oxidation process.Studies have shown the AOS to achieve remarkable rates of disinfection at less than 1/20th the electrical energy input of competing technologies.

The AOS is scalable and modular in design to meet a wide variety of needs in the marketplace. BioLargo is already working on what it calls the “Gen 2 AOS” for ultra-high flow rates. Because the markets for the AOS are very large and the needs so great, management reports that they believe it is only a matter of time before industry adopts this new breakthrough low cost technology. 

Industries and Companies to Benefit
Oil and gas companies such as Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL), Schlumberger Limited (NYSE: SLB), Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) and Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE: RDS-A) could dramatically reduce water transportation, sourcing and disposal costs by adopting the AOS. The AOS has been shown to be cost effective at removing problematic contaminants from oil & gas “produced water”, and any technology such as the AOS that could cost-effectively enable water recycling on-site could slash costs and greatly improve the bottom line for many producers that are now suffering big losses due to persistently low oil prices. It could also alleviate the costly problem of injecting produced water deep into injection wells, and simultaneously reduce pollution. 

The maritime industry has increasing regulatory pressure to eliminate the detrimental transfer and release of invasive marine species through the discharge of ballast water. This issue prompted the International Maritime Organization to impose regulations for the treatment and discharge of ballast water, and these new rules are scheduled to come into force beginning September of 2017. An estimated 65,000 ships must adopt ballast water treatment systems type approved under the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWMC). Approved systems must disinfect seawater to specified standards without adding any toxic elements to the discharged water. 

Global Water Intelligence estimates that the average cost for each ballast water management system will be more than $750,000 and the total cost to outfit every vessel will be about $46.5 billion. Because it is the highest impact, lowest cost, lowest energy technology known that can solve this problem, the AOS is could be the most practical solution to maritime operators such as DryShips, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), Navios Maritime Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NM), Diana Shipping, Inc. (NYSE: DSX), Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO), Diana Containerships Inc. (DCIX) and several others. 

In an effort to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness in the poultry industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, FSIS, announced new, stricter federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products, as well as in raw chicken breasts, legs, and wings. The new regulations took effect July 1, 2016 and have the potential to impact sales of poultry processing operations of Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), Pilgrims Pride Corporation, (NASDAQ: PPC), Sanderson Farms, Inc., (NASDAQ: SAFM), Hormel Foods Corporation, (NYSE: HRL), Perdue, Cargill, Smithfield Food, Inc., Conagra Foods, Inc., and every other poultry processor. Researchers at the University of Alberta confirmed that the AOS could be highly effective in reducing cross-contamination of pathogens when poultry is washed in chill tanks. 

Water quality of municipal water systems is also a growing concern and a few large water treatment companies that provide water services to millions of U.S. residents are American Water Works Company, Inc., (NYSE: AWK), American States Water Company (NYSE: AWR), Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE: WTR) and Veolia Environment S.A. (OTC: VEOEY). 

The need for a better and lower cost clean water technology is urgent and CB&I may just be the perfect company to support implementation of breakthrough low-cost water and air treatment technologies developed by BioLargo, Inc. that can help solve problems across such a broad spectrum of industries.