AOS Filter Breakthrough

Thursday, 22 January 2015

BioLargo’s AOS Filter Lands Its First Canadian Federal Research Grant

SANTA ANA, CA – BioLargo, Inc. (OTCQB: BLGO) announced today that the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded an “Engage Grant” to Dr. Lynn McMullen at the University of Alberta’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Sciences to initiate research with BioLargo’s Canadian subsidiary BioLargo Water, Inc. The grant will allow dedicated research at the University of Alberta around the company’s AOS Filter technology and its electrochemical inactivation of pathogens. This research will provide the necessary fundamental data that can be translated to further applications in the food and agricultural industries.  
“This first federal grant gives BioLargo expanded access to the unique knowledge and expertise at the University of Alberta and helps foster our long-term research partnership with the school”, commented  Dennis Calvert, President & CEO of BioLargo. “This specific award is for the maximum available under the Engage Grant program at $25,000 and we look forward to this important work with Dr. McMullen and to expanding our work at the University of Alberta as additional grants are finalized.” 

Dr. Lynn McMullen is a Professor of food microbiology at the University of Alberta where she has been teaching for over 20 years. She received her Ph.D. in Food Microbiology from the University of Alberta in 1994.  Her primary research focus is on the use of novel techniques to improve the microbial safety and quality of meat and other animal products. She works closely with industry and government organizations to improve meat hygiene and looks forward to her involvement with BioLargo as this research adds an exciting dimension to solving problems in food safety. Dr. McMullen has mentored over 40 graduate students in the past 20 years and the research with BioLargo will lead to the training of more students. We anticipate that the research will allow BioLargo to expand their Advanced Oxidation system to new applications in food and agriculture.  

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

"Unprecedented Results" Explained in SNN Live Interview with Dennis Calvert- President & CEO of BioLargo

SNN Interviews Dennis Calvert
President and CEO of BioLargo, Inc.
Symbol: BLGO

"Unprecedented Results" explained.

The AOS Filter - Link to Interview Here

Monday, 8 December 2014

"Unprecedented Results" Explained - LD Micro Presentation- A Shareholder Update

Dear Shareholder, 

We continue to refine our AOS Filter and expand trials on various contaminants as we prepare for commercial pilots. Our commitment to research in this area is considerable and dynamic. Our research team expanded to include three dedicated PhD researchers working for our subsidiary, BioLargo Water (Canada). Our offices and our lab are located within the University of Alberta research center at 'Discovery Place'. Our staff is led by Richard Smith, PhD and our Chief Science Officer, Ken Code and they all are backed up by extensive resources of the University. Our focused work is paying off. Our trial results are, by all accounts, "unprecedented" and the commercial opportunities have been referred to as "endless" by top independent researchers. 

We agree. 

We have three bold claims backed by test results at the University of Alberta. When compared to competing technologies focused on eliminating contaminants in water- test results with the AOS Filter show that our technology is: 

100 x more effective 
>10 x faster 
1/20th the cost/power 

To help illustrate: 

We recently completed a study to validate the AOS Filter's ability to eradicate Salmonella.

Salmonella is a problem: 
100,000 cells = infection 
94 million cases reported /yr (WHO) 
155,000 deaths annually (WHO) 
USDA Reports USA cost at ≈ $2.65B/yr 

Results: BioLargo AOS Filter: 
*10,000,000 cells 
*2 min. for total kill 

This rate of effectiveness is 'unprecedented'. 

To help illustrate just how 'unprecedented', the results can be compared the performance to an industry standard chlorine dioxide- 

Chlorine Dioxide 
*100,000 cells 
 *60 min. for total kill 

Our dramatic results help illustrate the extremely high levels of oxidation achieved within the AOS Filter / reactor. We shatter the records set by our competition. The study is being prepared for publication and we hope to share these soon. 

Armed with results like these, we believe that our commercial opportunities within the oil and gas industry and the industrial food processing industry are obvious and big. We are anxious and pressing ahead to push towards commercialization as soon as possible. We are targeting first commercial trials in the next six to nine months. We have a number of interested parties in discussions with us and we are busy refining the design of our AOS Filter to help insure that we meet the specific demands of these trials. 

Additionally, we expect to announce soon, the completion of the first grants to help support our ongoing research. We continue to work diligently to successfully license our consumer products related assets and expand sales to the US Government. Our work with Clyra Medical is advancing slowly due to our limited resources, but it is advancing, and we are anxious to accelerate that work. Our license of the Isan technology to Clarion Water is good and deserves more explanation in the future. We have initiated discussions with a number of potential strategic alliance partners within the water industry and we believe that area of focus will pay off. We will report again soon as these various initiatives move ahead. 

We presented an overview at the LD Micro Investment conference last week. 
(Click this safe link to view the presentation) 

Please help us spread the word and call me for an update anytime. I welcome a chance to speak with you! This is a very exciting time for BioLargo and I look forward to sharing more soon! 

Dennis P. Calvert 
President & CEO 
BioLargo, Inc. 
949-643-9540 x 1 

Forward Looking Statement Disclaimer-The statements contained herein, which are not historical, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the risks and uncertainties included in BioLargo's current and future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in BioLargo's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Press Release: BioLargo issued patent for its platform of liquid and hydrogel iodine technologies

Expanding intellectual property estate and new unprecedented results drive innovation at BioLargo

SANTA ANA, CA – BioLargo, Inc. (OTCQB: BLGO) announced today the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued patent 8,846,067 titled “antimicrobial solutions and methods” which covers the use of BioLargo’s iodine technology in its platform of liquid and hydrogel solutions. The liquid and gel technologies are foundational to multiple products sold under various brands by BioLargo’s subsidiary companies, including Nature’s Best Solution, NBS, Odor-No-More, and Deodorall. The new patent also covers the wound gel and wound cleanser products in final stages of development at BioLargo subsidiary Clyra MedicalTechnologies, Inc., being readied for application for FDA approval and licensure. The patent also covers other liquid and gel products in development for disinfection (such as to control bacteria, fungi, spores and viruses), as well as odor control. Additionally, the patent covers the potential use of the company’s hydrogel when combined with boron to provide a barrier/absorption technology for radiation leaks.
Regarding the newly issued patent, BioLargo Chief Science Officer Kenneth R. Code stated, “This is the 5th patent issued in 2014, and once again shows the novelty and usefulness of our iodine technologies.  These liquid and gel applications are being sold, evaluated, tested or trialed by various strategic alliance candidates, licensing candidates, and granting authorities across multiple industry segments.  We are in discussions now with a number of companies and research colleagues that may use our technology to gain market share through licensure.” Dennis Calvert, President and CEO of BioLargo added, “Our liquid and gel systems compete at the highest levels with all other disinfecting products.  By comparison, our products are environmentally friendly, gentle, non-toxic, non-staining and simple to use, with no known microbial resistance capability.  Our intellectual property estate is expanding rapidly as our third party validations continue to demonstrate new unprecedented results.”

Sunday, 9 November 2014

BioLargo's AOS Filter Wins "Technology Star Award" - New Technology Magazine -The First Word on Oil Patch Innovation

Nature Shows The Way


Advanced disinfectant technology developer sets sights on oil and gas applications
A small publicly-listed Santa Ana, Calif.–based company that is developing water purification and advanced disinfectant technologies, all using some form of iodine, sees one of its Edmonton-developed technologies as a way to clean up and even eliminate oilsands mining tailings ponds.
“With our technology you can reduce the footprint of and even eliminate tailings ponds,” says Dennis Calvert, president and chief executive officer of BioLargo Inc., which is listed on the OTC bulletin board [Symbol: BLGO] in the United States.
Despite its small size, the company has secured 12 U.S. patents for its iodine-based technologies and has another eight pending for what Calvert calls multi-billion dollar business opportunities.
And while that might sound like hype, the company’s water purification and disinfectant technology developed by Edmonton-based inventor Kenneth R. Code, from whom BioLargo purchased the rights to the iodine-dosing system concept in 2007 (he remains its chief science officer), is expected to be piloted at an oilsands mining site in the next year or so.
The road to commercial application of its Advanced Oxidation System (AOS) Filter technology to treat water in oilsands tailings and in other water treatment applications is well advanced. The company is a founding member of a research chair launched about three years ago at the University of Alberta (U of A) focused on evaluating technologies to help solve contaminated water issues in the oilsands.
That chair, sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, includes membership by such oilsands industry giants as Syncrude Canada Ltd., Suncor Energy Ltd., Royal Dutch Shell plc and Canadian Natural Resources Limited, along with Alberta Innovates and Environment Canada. Calvert says laboratory tests of the AOS Filter at the U of A led to significant validation of the technology in preparation for the tailings pond field pilot test.
The company is also exploring many other opportunities for deploying its technology. “The most rapid adoption is likely to be in the area of [treating and disinfecting] industrial produced water,” he says. “Tailings ponds will happen more slowly because of the scale.”
The most likely areas where the company’s iodine-based technologies will be adopted are in the food processing and refining sectors, he says.
“We believe our technology is world-class,” says Calvert. He adds that the BioLargo technology will eventually be deployed in developing nations, where the quality of drinking water is an urgent health issue. “It could also end up under the kitchen sink,” where the effectiveness of existing water filtration systems could be accelerated using the company’s technology.
But for now the company is continuing to work with U of A researchers to prove up its approach in treating tailings water. It is also working with Lynn McMullen, U of A professor in the department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Science, who is researching the use of the AOS Filter in food processing, livestock and other agricultural sectors. [Referring to the results as 'unprecedented with endless applications within the food industry']
However, as a small company with limited financial flexibility (it has raised $15 million in private equity), the company is concentrating on strategic partnerships and on the speedy adoption of its technology in a variety of industries.
“We think of ourselves as a platform technology company,” Calvert says. “We have a number of initiatives that are starting to generate revenue. We’re focused on selling the licence [for the technology] to established companies.”
To speed up adoption and generate revenue, the company is working with other firms involved in the pet care sector, since its technology can be used for odour abatement, and in the medical sector, where iodine-based solutions are used for advanced wound care.
Last year it announced it had sold a version of its technology called Suction Canister Solidifiers to the U.S. Army Medical Agency, where the product will be used in triage and surgery during troop deployment. It had previously sold a version of the technology that solidifies bodily fluids and eliminates odours to a medical facility at Langley Air Force Base.
That product design was developed by its Clyra Technology division, which has developed super absorbent pads and wound dressings, woven and non-woven wound dressings and other medical products, all of which have earned or are awaiting U.S. patents. Although no dollar figures were announced related to the arrangement, the product could now be deployed by all U.S. military forces, representing a significant market, Calvert says.
In mid-August the company announced it had entered into a manufacturing and distribution licence deal for its Isan precision iodine dosing system with Clarion Water, a new operating division of InsulTech Manufacturing LLC, which has more than 20 years of commercial success worldwide in the water disinfection sector.
Based on the use of iodine, which Calvert calls “a powerful, broad-spectrum biocide,” the Isan disinfection system is seen as “the logical replacement for chlorine in applications involving irrigation supply and post-­harvest sanitation,” he says. It delivers iodine with exact precision for fortification, or depending on the application, it can take it back out.
It will initially concentrate on the agricultural sector. Clarion has already marketed the Isan system in Australia and New Zealand and will now market it worldwide. Under the licence agreement, BioLargo received a $100,000 payment upfront and will earn a royalty on sales for the next two years.
Iodine is common to all the applications BioLargo is involved in. The chemical element, the heaviest essential element used widely in biological functions, has long been known as the broadest spectrum, most powerful disinfectant known. Even NASA recognizes iodine’s unique qualities, the company notes, using it as the only water disinfection process on all manned space flights.
“All of the work that we have done over the years is to advance our technology for the use of iodine across a number of different market segments,” says Calvert.
The AOS Filter technology, a new invention that has been developed by the company in the last three years, deploys the power of iodine and electrolysis using a kind of steady shower technology that decontaminates and removes odours at one-twentieth the cost of existing approaches, Calvert says. In addition, there is little power consumption when the technology is deployed.
“We’re enhancing the performance of widely understood technologies,” says Calvert. “In testing we validated that our AOS Filter was able to dismantle and remove [contam­inants] in seconds versus hours [with other technologies].”
He further explains how the technology works. “What we have done is we have taken an oxidizer, iodine, and we have combined it with well-understood technologies like carbon, filter media, ceramics or membrane technologies, and when we combine those components, we can extract contaminants from the water flow. What is unique about the invention is that we have combined traditional filter media with an oxidizing technology and electricity, which then allows the device to provide an oxidation potential across the surface area of the filter media at an incredibly effective rate.
“What it means basically is we have taken a filter, and we have converted it into a reactor, so we can then operate at very high flow rates and at incredibly low levels of energy. So the device features high rates of oxidation, low power consumption, high speed and continuous flow.”
In the oilsands sector, contaminants such as naphthenic acid and bacteria must be dealt with in water treatment. In addition, there are such hard-to-treat contaminants as acids, ammonias, solvents and dioxane.
Many of the same contaminants are common in other oil and gas processes, such as hydraulic fracturing. BioLargo’s technology could be used to treat recycled water in many areas of the oil and gas industry.
At the U of A, the tests were conducted on contaminated water taken from oilsands tailings, “and the work has proven our effectiveness of dismantling and removing targeted naphthenic acids,” he says.
It now costs an estimated $2.50–$3 per barrel to treat contaminated water in the oilsands mining sector, according to Calvert. “We can do it for a fraction of the cost.”
BioLargo’s suite of technologies has attracted some respected executives to the company. Harry DeLonge, now a senior adviser at the company, was formerly a vice-president of manufacturing technologies with beverage and snack food giant Pepsi-Cola International. Vikram Rao, another senior adviser, spent 30 years with oilfield service giant Halliburton Company, most recently serving as its senior vice-president, senior strategy adviser and chief technology officer.
Tanya Rhodes, a former vice-president of innovation and wound management with pharmaceutical industry giant Smith & Nephew Wound Management, is a senior adviser with BioLargo’s Clyra Medical division.
Calvert says the company’s motto is “We make life better,” reflecting the importance of clean water [food safety & wound healing) to humanity. “We think it’s our right to have clean drinking water, but the investment is so high [to achieve that goal] that it isn’t feasible. But we bring an economically viable technology to the table at a fraction of the cost of other approaches.”
Kris Cudmore, who heads Grande Prairie, Alta.–based water logistics company White Water Management Ltd., is so impressed with BioLargo’s technology he wants to get in touch with the company to try it out in the oil and gas production areas where his company works, in northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia.
“We’ve been looking at iodine-based electrolysis technology,” says Cudmore, president of the five-year-old company. “We’re trying to figure out what the best technology is. I’d like to reach out to them.”
White Water, which supplies water for hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas uses and also works on water issues in the forestry sector, regularly assesses different approaches to water treatment and recycling. Cudmore says iodine-based treatments make sense. “It [will] be a multi-million dollar technology,” if it works as promoted, he says.
He’s hopeful the technology will reduce the salinity in treated water, which is a major issue. But after having investigated various approaches to treating water, he says he is impressed with BioLargo’s approach.
Water use will only grow as an issue in northern Alberta and northern British Columbia, Cudmore says, and BioLargo’s technology has a huge potential market in the oil and gas industry and other sectors if it works “as it appears,” he says.
His company, which sets up large water storage tanks and pumps water from as far as 24 kilometres away for fracking jobs and treats grey water from Alberta municipalities such as Fox Creek, Rocky Mountain House and Edson for use in fracking, would definitely use BioLargo’s approach if it is as effective as the company suggests.
Dennis Calvert, BioLargo Inc.                                                                               
Tel: 949-643-9540

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

SNN Article: Game-Changing Technology for $350 Billion Water Treatment Industry Validated by the University of Alberta

Game-Changing Technology for $350 Billion Water Treatment Industry Validated by the University of Alberta 

This is an update from an article originally published in MicroCap Review Summer/Fall 2014 Issue. Here, BioLargo's CEO explains what University of Alberta's validation of BioLargo's AOS Water Filtration Technology means to the company. See the Link to the Actual Article Here

Tuesday, October 21, 2014   By Dennis Calvert, CEO of BioLargo, Inc.Company Profile Page: BioLargo, Inc. (OTCQB: BLGO) 

 Scientists at the University of Alberta, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science validated the unprecedented effectiveness of BioLargo’s (BLGO) AOS Filter in removing contaminants from water. The tests demonstrated a level of efficiency that has never been seen before in destroying highly concentrated contaminants in sample water, including Listeria and Salmonella.Although the testing is applicable in many areas, food safety was a primary concern of this most recent work. Professor Lynn McMullen evaluated the results and commented, "The AOS Filter technology could be highly efficient in solving food safety problems and may be applied to improve food quality with the potential to improve storage life. The potential applications of the BioLargo AOS filter in the food industry could be endless -- from primary commodities to finished food products."Professor McMullen further explained, "At the foundation of the AOS Filter is its efficiency in generating a highly oxidative state. The data supports its potential to accomplish high-level disinfection that can be useful in multiple markets including food processing and agriculture production. Extremely high levels of performance [disinfection] were achieved during testing and we are excited to expand the work with BioLargo to other applications targeting food safety concerns."This work follows on the heels of validation work by the University of Alberta in eliminating soluble organic contaminants like those found in the controversial and massive oil sands tailings ponds in Alberta, Canada. The AOS Filter was found to decontaminate actual field samples of toxic “produced water” at high speeds and low costs never before seen.

Oil Sands production is now the largest means of producing oil globally, but it comes with the price of requiring enormous amounts of toxic water to be disposed of after it releases the oil from the sand. Alberta is known to be the second largest oil reserve in the world and this “produced water” from oil recovery is being stored in tailings ponds in Alberta that are already up to 170 square kilometers and growing because there is no other place to put the wastewater. A recent government report claims that over 10 million gallons per day of this toxic water is leaking into the Athebasca river that is the primary source of clean water for Alberta.BioLargo (BLGO) was selected as a founding member of a Canadian NSERC “research chair” formed to solve the contaminated water and tailings ponds problems associated with the oil sands industry.

Led by University of Alberta Professor Mohamed Gamal-El Din, a leading expert in the area of water treatment and advanced oxidation, and funded by the Canadian government through the University of Alberta’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the primary area of focus of the “NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Oil Sands Tailings Water Treatment” is to develop proactive water management strategies to dramatically reduce the footprint and environmental impact of existing tailings ponds operations.

This validation by the University of Alberta points to the growing excitement for our significant commercial opportunity across multiple industries. We have already demonstrated the AOS Filter's ability to dismantle organic molecules commonly trapped in water, in 'seconds vs. hours' and at extremely low power levels. It is believed to offer a low cost solution when compared to all other technologies.Now, by expanding the work to include high-level disinfection within the food and agriculture industry, we can confidently point to the expanded scope of our future commercial markets. We are confident that the AOS Filter can dramatically impact every segment of the $350 billion water industry.We believe that many market opportunities will include strategic alliances and joint venture partners to exploit such a large opportunity as ours.

We look forward to sharing additional scientific results as the various researcher teams publish them. We are very excited about this milestone, the expanding work within the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta, and the massive commercial future for our AOS Filter.

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