Monday, 22 April 2019

BioLargo Engineering Cannabis Services

Our intrepid engineering division BioLargo Engineering, Science & Technologies (BLEST) has extensive experience delivering environmental engineering, permitting and training services to countless industries. Today we want to highlight the services they offer to operators in the cannabis and hemp industries. BLEST’s environmental engineering services even have the potential to cross-fertilize (if you’ll excuse the pun) the odor control product sales work our new distributor partner is doing in the cannabis and hemp industries with our patented odor and VOC control products.

You can read about their list of cannabis-related services in their brochure here: https://bit.ly/2Gph7GV

Their engineering services for the cannabis and hemp industries include areas like:
  • Planning and Permitting
  • Training and OSHA
  • Waste Management
  • Air Quality
  • Water and Wastewater
Source: Inc.com











This is an enormous market in the US and has ever-increasing engineering needs. The global legal cannabis market is expected to grow to $146B by 2025 at an astounding 34.6% annual growth rate. In California alone there are more than 9,000 licensed growers and processors according to CalCannabis, making it an important industry for our seasoned engineering term to serve.


Monday, 15 April 2019

BioLargo's Odor-No-More Enters Cannabis and Hemp Odor Control Industry with Experienced Distribution Partner Through White Label Agreement

WESTMINSTER, CA / ACCESSWIRE / April 15, 2019 / BioLargo, Inc. (OTCQB: BLGO), developer of sustainable products and technologies and a full-service environmental engineering company, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Odor-No-More, Inc. had entered into a five-year white label distribution agreement to supply odor and VOC control products to the cannabis and hemp industries with Cannabusters, Inc. (www.thecannabusters.com).






Cannabusters is an odor solutions provider comprised of experts with decades of air quality control experience through their sister company Mabre Corporation. Cannabusters was formed to leverage BioLargo's patented CupriDyne Clean technology in its aggressive push into the cannabis and hemp industries because of the product's record of unparalleled performance and safety serving customers in the waste handling industry.
Cannabusters has committed to a comprehensive marketing program that includes more than 25 trade show events over the next two years to quickly introduce the Cannabusters product to the cannabis and hemp industries. BioLargo's subsidiary Odor-No-More has committed to manufacture and supply its products containing the patented CupriDyne Clean formula to be distributed under the "CannabustersTM" brand.
Cannabusters, Inc. President Dominic Paulhus commented, "There has been an explosion of cannabis grow operations across North America over the past few years. We have watched the industry struggle to control the odors that naturally come with cannabis production. With CannabustersTM our goal was to provide a state-of-the-art odor and VOC control solution for cannabis and hemp growers who won't put up with non-performing products. We identified CupriDyne Clean as the best chemistry product for this goal because of its track record in industries with tough odors and the knowledge and expertise of the Odor-No-More team. We're proud to announce this partnership."
BioLargo President & CEO Dennis P. Calvert commented, "The legal cannabis market is still rapidly evolving in the US and we are just now learning the magnitude of the opportunity for odor control in this market. In our backyard in California, there are more than 5,000 licensed mixed-light and indoor growing facilities according to the licensing body CalCannabis. Our experience and internal calculations show that a typical 10,000 sq ft facility may use, conservatively, $5,000 of product or more per month. This figure does not include install, service, maintenance, or equipment revenues. Given the fact that the state of California alone received applications for nearly 20,000 cultivation licenses in 2018, we believe the market for cannabis cultivation odor control will grow dramatically in the next few years - and that's only California."
Odor-No-More, Inc. President Joseph Provenzano said, "Cannabusters, Inc. has an exceptionally qualified team and we look forward to leveraging the CupriDyne Clean formula and our existing infrastructure into this large and emerging industry under the Cannabusters brand. Within the cannabis and hemp industries, we have identified a number of key relationships to complement this agreement and are working to finalize new agreements with equipment manufacturers, regulatory consultants, key opinion leaders, and marketing partners. Our value proposition is unmatched for odor and VOC control and this is another great example of how our platform continues to expand in high-value markets."

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BioLargo's CupriDyne Clean is an award winning and environmentally friendly formula that eliminates odors and volatile organic compounds "VOCs" without the need for fragrances and other masking agents.




The Company's role in rapidly growing emerging markets like the Cannabis industry has been coined a "Pick and Shovel Play" as the company supplies critical tools to help industry members optimize their operations.



About BioLargo, Inc.
BioLargo, Inc. is an innovative technology developer and environmental engineering company driven by a mission to "make life better" by delivering robust, sustainable solutions for a broad range of industries and applications, with a focus on clean water, clean air, and advanced wound care. We develop and commercialize disruptive technologies by providing the capital, support, and expertise to expedite them from "cradle" to "maturity" (www.biolargo.com). Our engineering division features experienced professional engineers dedicated to integrity, reliability, and environmental stewardship (www.biolargoengineering.com). Our industrial odor control division, Odor-No-More (www.odornomore.com) features CupriDyne Clean Industrial Odor Eliminator (www.cupridyne.com), which eliminates the odor-causing compounds and VOCs rather than masking them, and is now winning over leading companies in the solid waste handling and wastewater industries and other industries that contend with malodors and VOCs. Our subsidiary BioLargo Water (www.biolargowater.ca) develops the Advanced Oxidation System "AOS," a disruptive industrial water treatment technology designed to eliminate waterborne pathogens and recalcitrant contaminants with better energy-efficiency and lower operational costs than incumbent technologies. Our subsidiary Clyra Medical (www.clyramedical.com) features effective and gentle solutions for chronic infected wounds to promote infection control and regenerative tissue therapy.
Contact Information
Dennis Calvert President and CEO BioLargo, Inc. 800-400-2863
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SOURCE: BioLargo, Inc.



Wednesday, 10 April 2019

BioLargo Spotlight: Microbrewing Industry is Battling Wastewater Challenges

We at BioLargo Engineering, Science & Technologies are making strides to position ourselves in the engineering services marketplace as a pacesetter in innovative wastewater treatment services. This includes our wastewater engineering services as well as our cutting-edge water treatment technology – BioLargo’s AOS water treatment platform. But it also means that we have a passion for helping people seek out solutions to their water and wastewater problem so that they can get back to what matters – their business. Today we want to explain the challenges small breweries face with wastewater in beer production and speak to the solutions that can remedy those problems.












Craft beer brewing (commonly known as “microbrewing”) serves an ever-growing market for high-quality, small-batch beer and ciders. There are more than 7,000 brewpubs, microbreweries and regional craft breweries in the United States, with 1,000 expected to be added in 2019.  In 2017, they produced over 750 million gallons of beer, about 10% of total U.S. beer production.

In contrast to the major brewery operations that make brands like Coors and Budweiser, many craft breweries are located in condensed residential areas. Some are even integrated with restaurants and/or organize tours of their brewing facilities wherein customers get to learn about the brewing process from the brewers themselves. One thing that most people don’t know is that microbreweries, just like industrial breweries, create large volumes of wastewater per unit of beer produced. In fact, the average microbrewery produces almost 10 gallons of wastewater for each gallon of beer produced. That’s more than 7.5 billion gallons of wastewater per year. Brewery wastewater is laden with high levels of organics including bacteria and yeast, undigested carbohydrates, and chemicals including ethanol, aldehydes and ketones.  All of these constituents add to what is called the “organic carbon load” of the wastewater. In addition to this organic carbon load, brewery wastewater sometimes contains suspended and colloidal solids, excess nitrates/ammonia, and microbial activity.

Many cities require that microbreweries treat their wastewater on-site prior to discharge to the sewer, or face increasing fines and penalties. This is well-articulated in a 2016 news piece by CBC news in this video, which describes Vancouver’s wastewater infrastructure struggling with the load from the city’s many craft breweries. Because of this, microbreweries seek new ways to reduce wastewater volumes and contaminant loads. The challenge for any small business is doing so without disrupting operations and breaking the bank.















BLEST offers solutions to these problems for microbreweries, including engineering consulting, permitting services, design, and wastewater treatment (including the BioLargo AOS system). We understand the wastewater issues that brewers contend with, and we are able to provide custom-engineered treatment systems suited for microbrewery needs, including:

  • COD/BOD treatment systems
  • Denitrification Systems – MBBRs, Packed Bed Bioreactors
  • Lamella Style Clarifiers
  • Dissolved Air Floatation (DAF) Systems (fine solids removal)
  • Potable water treatment to remove chlorine, solids, lead, bacteria, etc. prior to brewing
  • AOS for influent water treatment and AOS for bacteria control
  • Water capture, treatment and reuse systems
Additionally, many microbreweries in brew pubs prefer to start up in “historic” structures. These structures often require environmental, structural and safety related upgrades to meet newer building codes.  BLEST is positioned to provide a package of engineering services that can address these issues as well as services and products provided to the BioLargo family of companies. 

The national market for on-site waste water treatment for the craft brewing industry is, according to our internal market research, approximately $200 Million. The total market for overall wastewater treatment for industrial facilities is of course orders of magnitude larger than that. Targeting a small fraction of the total market provides significant revenue potential and an opportunity to serve a growing market segment local to all BioLargo geographic locations. Even within the immediate areas of BioLargo’s Westminster and Oak Ridge offices, there are several dozen micro- and craft breweries, many of which are in need of wastewater treatment solutions.

What is a BioLargo Spotlight?
It’s an exciting time at BioLargo. We’re moving fast, and it can be difficult to keep our stockholders and the investing public informed of our progress. In light of this, we will be posting a series of short articles titled “BioLargo Spotlight”, highlighting certain business activities and other important information in between our required SEC filings. Of course, these do not replace our public filings, which contain more complete information than can be delivered in this forum, and thus we urge you to carefully read and rely on those filings for definitive information, and to review our risk factors and caution regarding forward-looking statements. We are optimistic about our business as we work hard to continue to grow and ultimately generate profits for our stockholders.  

Legal Disclaimer
Our attorneys remind us that while we believe these developments are important and that these small victories could add up and lead to big victories, at this stage they do not rise to the level of an official material disclosure. As the size and magnitude of these developments become material, we will naturally report that information in an 8-K and our regular SEC filings

Monday, 1 April 2019

BioLargo Letter to Stockholders Highlights the Impact of its Innovative Technology Assets

Dear Stockholders,

With the challenging development cycles and barriers to entry our company has faced on its journey to commercialize its important platform technologies, one might ask the question – why do we do this?

The answer is easy:
  1. What we’re doing is important
  2. What we’re building will be huge
  3. We believe we’re going to win.

With your support, we’ve invested over $20 million developing ground-breaking technologies that will make life better for our planet and all of us.  We’ve introduced these technologies into markets that give us massive revenue potential. And importantly, our success in the odor business has given us the confidence that with our disruptive products and creative commercial strategies, we know we will succeed with all our technologies.

Last Friday (March 29th), we published our annual report (click here), and in it you’ll learn that we have so much to be excited about at BioLargo.

As you read through this letter, we believe you will agree that the positives of our business far outweigh the negatives and that we are well-positioned to grow our company now and in the future.

But we do not believe, for one second, that the market recognizes the value of what we’ve created – in fact, we believe that each of our business units described below have independent value that far exceeds our current company-wide “market value”. Let’s take a closer look together - read on below for more information.

Odor-No-More’s CupriDyne Clean

We know this business unit is capable of generating enough cash flow to fund BioLargo’s entire business. How will we achieve that result with our limited financial resources? In two ways – first, by focusing on our national customers that represent over 3,000 potential locations to use our products and services, and second, by expanding into new industries, such as cannabis, with experienced partners who allow us to support, rather than capitalize, the efforts.

We’ve now proven that CupriDyne Clean (www.cupridyne.com) is simply the best odor and VOC (volatile organic compound) control product on the market, known for its industry-best performance, safety and cost-effectiveness. The four largest waste handling companies in the U.S. use it to control odors and VOCs at their transfer stations, landfills, and other smelly facilities. We are ramping up to expand our infrastructure to support these customers. Getting to this point with these big companies has been harder than we thought it would be, but we’re now over that hump. This segment alone represents an estimated $1.3B total addressable market for CupriDyne Clean, and just the four top customers we’re serving represent more than 3,000 locations. Revenues per location in this market range from $2,500 to as much as $20,000/month. If we secure a 30% penetration rate with just these national customers, and we benchmark revenues at the lowest and ultra-conservative figure per month, these customers present an opportunity equal to $2,500,000 per month or more. We are steadily marching ahead in this market, growing our staff as resources permit and winning customers because of our performance, value and service.

Solid waste handling isn’t the only market for CupriDyne Clean. Our product is now being pulled into new, high growth and high margin markets like cannabis production and processing where operators are scrambling to identify adequate odor control solutions that are part and parcel to their operating permitting requirements. There are more than 15,000 cannabis production sites in California alone, and many are abruptly discovering that the smell of their facilities bothers both neighbors and regulators. Rather than distract from our inroads in waste handling, we’ve started working with partners who are experienced in the industry and well-capitalized to take advantage of this massive opportunity. We will keep you posted on these very exciting developments as they unfold. And the cannabis industry is only the beginning. Many industries emit VOCs that regulators require they manage – and CupriDyne Clean manages them better than anything out there. Now that the product’s high value proposition has been proven in its first market, the flood gates can open in additional industries.

BioLargo Engineering, Science & Technologies (BLEST)

We are proud to say that our engineering division BioLargo Engineering, Science & Technologies (BLEST) is nearing its goal of achieving positive cash flow and thereby contributing to the corporate overhead. Less than 18 months old, we believe that the decision to acquire/build the engineering division will ultimately prove to have been a pivotal and financially beneficial decision for BioLargo. Not only do its external client contracts generate cash flow for the company (which we expect to increase dramatically in 2019), but it also dramatically changes our other business units’ capacity to put their technology assets into action through engineering and scale-up. The existence of our engineering division gives BioLargo Water the necessary resources to execute its pre-commercial and commercial pilots without needing incredibly expensive support from an outside engineering service provider. This benefit cannot be overstated.

The engineering division made significant progress in 2018 toward becoming a profit center for BioLargo. Some highlights include:
  • BLEST was retained to serve as “Owner’s Engineer” for a proposed integrated biofuels production project on the east coast worth approximately $687M.
  • BLEST began a time and materials contract to test the emissions from an energetic materials incinerator at a large U.S. military installation on the East coast. This contract is worth almost $100,000 and is expected to lead to more than $300,000 of work in 2020.
  • BLEST is providing wastewater treatment equipment and services to a microbrewery in Southern California, representing the company’s initial foray into food & beverage wastewater treatment.
Clyra Medical Technologies

Clyra Medical is another massive opportunity. It’s almost entirely independent from our other work because it obtains working capital through third party investors rather than relying on the parent company for financial support. While its first commercial product traverses through the arduous FDA 510(k) application process, we acquired the “SkinDisc”, a revolutionary product that regenerates tissue using stem cells (and has 250 case studies proving it, with no adverse reactions). Although the FDA process has been slow, and while we thought we could get approval without an expensive large animal study, we’re about to embark on that challenge and now feel we have a clear path to the finish line. We remain confident that this application will succeed in the face of these expanded requirements, and – more than that – that these new requirements simply highlight the uniqueness of the Clyra product and hint at its highly differentiated value proposition that will come to bear once it goes to market. The world has simply never seen a low-dose iodine-based wound care product like ours that delivers the “gold standard” in antimicrobial activity without the side-effects traditionally associated with iodine-based products. This unique property is part of what led to the expanded requests by the FDA, but is also a big part of why this product will be a powerhouse when it goes to market.

A quote from the annual report says it nicely, “We believe this product’s future role in the advanced wound care industry will be disruptive to many incumbent competing products like silver, hypochlorous acid and even other iodine-based products and therefore our extraordinary investment of time and money will have significant opportunity to generate a considerable return on investment as the products find their way through the FDA process for clearance and then to market adoption.  Simply stated, we believe it is worth it and that we will succeed.”

We should remind the reader that when this product does go commercial, its target market is very large. Clyra’s products have an estimated total addressable market of more than $2.5B by 2022.

BioLargo Water’s Advanced Oxidation System (AOS)

Our Advanced Oxidation System (AOS) is one of our most important technology assets and is very close to commercialization. This technology has significant potential to revolutionize water treatment and allow cost-effective treatment across several industries. We therefore believe it has a very bright commercial future and that that future is coming very soon.

The AOS was developed in collaboration with numerous leading academics at universities across Canada and the US and was supported by more than 65 government grants. The result of all this work is a patented water treatment technology that can eliminate both biological pathogens and hard-to-treat pharmaceutical micropollutants from waste water more cost-efficiently and while using less electricity than any other technologies. We also recently reported the results of an independent study confirming its usefulness to cost effectively remove micropollutants from water – an unprecedented achievement for the AOS. We expect this work to be published in science journals around the world in 2019, which will be highly impactful to promote the value of the AOS in the water treatment industry.

However, it’s not enough just to invent a powerful technology – it has to be proven in the field through pre-commercial pilots in order to demonstrate to industry players that it is robust and economical enough for the real world. That is exactly what we are doing right now with the AOS. We have several field pilots underway to demonstrate the economic feasibility and technical prowess of the AOS in real-world settings at poultry producing facility, a microbrewery, and soon in a stormwater treatment and reuse setting. These pre-commercial pilots represent a significant turning point in the AOS’ development cycle, and will pave the way for commercial trials and eventually sales and strategic partnerships or licensing opportunities.

Is all this work and money to develop this technology worth it? Yes. Not only does the technology have a total addressable market in the water industry of approximately $44B, but it has the potential to enable cost-efficient water treatment and reuse in countless settings, creating a better future for the world. There is a reason our company slogan is “we make life better”.

Looking forward in 2019

In 2019 we expect to achieve a number of crucial milestones that will, together, have a significant positive impact on our company’s value. These include:
  • Securing direct outside investment capital into BioLargo Water and Clyra Medical Technologies
  • Executing strategic partnerships to deploy our technology assets into new markets such as cannabis production for CupriDyne Clean
  • FDA approval of our Clyra product
  • Successful of our pre-commercial AOS pilots and subsequent commercial launch.

At the outset of this letter we mentioned a trend of converting our technology assets into monetized commercial assets. We are seeing this happen right now, and this is reflected by the shift of our resources away from R&D activities and toward commercial activities, marketing, and sales. Reflected by this is the fact that our fundamentals are improving: our two commercial business units generated revenues of $1,364,000 – more than twice 2017’s number – and our monthly cash burn rate is decreasing.

BioLargo has built an incredible portfolio of patented, proven technology assets that are, in the near future, expected to create enormous value for the company and its shareholders. We believe the value of these assets is not currently reflected by the parent company’s market capitalization, but we believe that it won’t be long until this changes. We hope that after reading about the outlook of our company’s dynamic business units you will agree that our future is ever brighter for BioLargo.  

Sincerely,

Dennis P. Calvert
President & CEO
BioLargo, Inc.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Press Release - BioLargo Supplies Odor and VOC Control Solution to Cannabis Industry: An Uptick Newswire Stock Day Podcast Interview



Phoenix, March 11th, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – On March 7th, 2019, Uptick Newswire Stock Day Podcast welcomed Dennis P. Calvert of BioLargo, Inc. (OTCQB:BLGO), a developer of sustainable technology assets and a full-service environmental engineering company. Mr. Calvert discussed the company’s most recent foray into a new business sector – cannabis – and discussed its technology assets in an interview with Stock Day’s Everett Jolly.

Jolly began by asking Mr. Calvert for an update on the Company’s CupriDyne Clean Industrial Odor Eliminator, which solves tough problems with odor and “volatile organic compounds” (VOCs) in industrial facilities. Mr. Calvert explained the product’s organic growth in the waste handling industry, and that it is rapidly replacing the products of large and experienced competitors. “The last year has been dramatic. We’ve landed the top four waste handling companies. We’re getting adoption, and the adoption is increasing,” shared Calvert.

The product’s overwhelmingly positive feedback in this market has led new opportunities, like the booming cannabis industry. Mr. Calvert explained how this represents a “pick & shovel” business opportunity, where the Company supplies a crucial tool for a serious problem – odor and VOC control – for the rapidly growing cannabis market.

Calvert also gave an update on the Company’s FDA 510(k) application for its Clyra medical product. Calvert explained that the Company’s FDA application is currently in process and that a positive outcome is expected, but as it relies on government regulatory processes this obviously can’t be guaranteed. Calvert did share that the product has, however, successfully passed its required sensitivity testing, a key part of the application process. Calvert shared that following its expected approval, the product will represent a game-changing technology in the wound care market because of its unmatched efficacy.

Finally, Jolly inquired about the Company’s advanced water treatment technology, the Advanced Oxidation System (AOS). Calvert shared that two pilots are in the early stages of deployment and that the Company has even been invited by one of the country’s leading water industry engineering firms to participate in a third-party validated field pilot to treat municipal wastewater at a municipal facility in the Northwest US, which would offer unprecedented recognition for the Company’s AOS. Calvert said, “This is really a big deal. It’s a sleeper that’s going to wake up.”

To close the interview, Calvert shared that the Company’s burn rate is continuing to decrease even as they experience substantial growth. The Company’s goals for 2019 include a reduction of the Company’s debt, a capital for its water and medical subsidiaries, FDA approval for its medical product, and completion of its AOS water treatment pilots and subsequent commercialization.

“2018 was the turning point, 2019 is where we really start to see the value show up.”, closed Calvert.  

To hear Dennis Calvert’s entire interview, follow the link to the podcast here: (Link Here)

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About BioLargo, Inc.

BioLargo, Inc. is an innovative technology developer and environmental engineering company driven by a mission to "make life better" by delivering robust, sustainable solutions for a broad range of industries and applications, with a focus on clean water, clean air, and advanced wound care. We develop and commercialize disruptive technologies by providing the capital, support, and expertise to expedite them from "cradle" to "maturity" (www.biolargo.com). Our engineering division features experienced professional engineers dedicated to integrity, reliability, and environmental stewardship (www.biolargoengineering.com). Our industrial odor control division, Odor-No-More (www.odornomore.com) features CupriDyne Clean Industrial Odor Eliminator (www.cupridyne.com), which eliminates the odor-causing compounds and VOCs rather than masking them, and is now winning over leading companies in the solid waste handling and wastewater industries and other industries that contend with malodors and VOCs. Our subsidiary BioLargo Water (www.biolargowater.ca) develops the Advanced Oxidation System "AOS", a disruptive industrial water treatment technology designed to eliminate waterborne pathogens and recalcitrant contaminants with better energy-efficiency and lower operational costs than incumbent technologies. Our subsidiary Clyra Medical (www.clyramedical.com) features effective and gentle solutions for chronic infected wounds to promote infection control and regenerative tissue therapy.
Contact Information:
Dennis Calvert President and CEO BioLargo, Inc.
949-643-9540 x2
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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Tamarack Advisors Article: Top 'Pick & Shovel' Play for the Cannabis 'Gold Rush'

Article by Tamarack Advisors, courtesy of Accesswire

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  • The Cannabis industry is the new ''gold rush'', with the legal marijuana market estimated to grow to $146 billion by 2025. Marijuana stocks can offer great returns but can be highly unpredictable and risky.
  • ''Pick & shovel'' plays are companies that provide essential goods and services to an industry without being direct participators, they offer an alternative way to participate in the financial returns of the growing cannabis industry.
  • Odors from grow operations and production are bothering neighbors and creating serious problems in the form of local resident opposition, costly permit delays and rejections, fines, and lawsuits.
  • The industry is struggling to control marijuana's strong odors with current technologies.
  • BioLargo, an innovative technology and engineering company, has a new solution with its patented ''CupriDyne Clean'' currently killing hard-to-control odors at landfills and waste transfer stations.
The Cannabis Odor and VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) Problem
DENVER, CO / ACCESSWIRE / March 7, 2019 / Control of noxious VOC emissions is a critical and growing problem for the cannabis industry. Communities across the US and Canada are complaining to authorities about the rise of unpleasant odors coming from nearby cannabis production facilities, garnering a poor public image for growers and creating the potential for lawsuits, fines, and regulatory backlash. And lawsuits have been filed - a Colorado court decided that a family who complained about the ''noxious odors'' coming from a cannabis venture next door had sufficient grounds to argue the aroma had hurt their property values, and could therefore sue for triple damages under the federal racketeering laws used to target the Mafia. With cannabis now legal in ten states with more on the way, the odor and VOC issue is garnering significant negative public attention. It may well be one of the toughest problems threatening the industry.
Source: ww.cbc.ca






As an article published in The Cannifornian puts it, ''Marijuana odors have triggered lawsuits against cannabis companies. They've also led residents to try to block commercial operations from coming to California, Colorado and the other states where recreational cannabis is legal. Denver has set odor standards for marijuana and many California cities and counties rely on repeated complaints as evidence of a problem. In Santa Barbara County, for example, if county authorities get three odor complaints from a business in a year, the company must take steps to fix the problem. And if the business doesn't stop the stench, the county may revoke local permits.''
With odor and VOC control identified as a leading problem, cannabis growers are starting to share ideas about their industry's odor problem. ''Probably the biggest hurdle now, for everybody involved, is knowing what's available as best practices and what's feasible,'' said Dana Pack with Fogco, an Arizona-based, industry-leading manufacturer of misting systems used to deploy odor and air quality control products in the cannabis industry. As optimal solutions to the odor and VOC problem are identified, this trend toward industry collaboration and sharing will likely accelerate their viral spread and adoption.
BioLargo's Solution - CupriDyne Clean
BioLargo, Inc., (OTCQB: BLGO) initially launched and proved its patented breakthrough odor and VOC control product, CupriDyne Clean, in the $75 billion waste handling industry. Unlike competing products, CupriDyne Clean does not simply attempt to mask, cover up or filter out odors and VOCs, but actually destroys (oxidizes) them. As a more effective and lower cost solution than competing odor control products, CupriDyne Clean has been a paradigm shift for odor control in the waste handling industry. BioLargo reports it has customers in the largest waste handling companies in the United States.
CupriDyne Clean's success in the waste industry has led to recognition and market pull-through in other industries, most recently the cannabis industry.
Company management discusses the move into the cannabis industry in a recent blog post: ''The company's success in the waste handling industry allows it to leverage its considerable expertise and proven product through strategic channel partnerships to rapidly capture a large share of the cannabis odor control market. We intend for CupriDyne Clean to quickly become part of the 'best practices' for mitigating cannabis-related odors and VOCs.''
BioLargo described its entry into the cannabis odor and VOC control market through key channel partnerships to market, sell, and distribute their product under a private label brand, rather than sell directly. In their blog, company management explains that this strategy will result in more rapid uptake of the product through these distributors, allowing the product to secure a dominant position in the growing market as quickly as possible.
Mr. Provenzano, President of BioLargo's subsidiary Odor-No-More was quoted, ''Within the Cannabis industry, we have identified a number of key relationships and are working to finalize agreements with equipment manufacturers, regulatory consultants, key opinion leaders, and marketing partners. Our value proposition is unmatched for odor and VOC control and this is another great example how our platform continues to expand in high value markets.''
'Pick & shovel' play for new Cannabis gold rush
A new gold rush is on, but this time it's green. Cannabis sales are exploding and there is a lot of money to be made. The key is to identify the winners out of the hundreds of investment options, and picking winners is not always easy. In the California gold rush, the large majority of miners never made any money and usually lost significant amounts due to travel, lodging and equipment expenses. The people who got rich much more consistently and safely were those who provided essential goods, services and products to the miners.
Levi Strauss, one of the most famous examples, made his fortune by supplying the gold miners with rugged clothing that was previously unavailable and stood up to the demands of a miner's hard life. Levi fulfilled an essential need of the growing market, and in doing so became extremely wealthy.
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Money manager Ken Mahoney explains in this article why ''pick-and-shovel'' companies like BioLargo are the best way to take advantage of the opportunities that cannabis brings while avoiding the volatility and risk of cannabis stocks.
Companies affected by the problem
Many companies in the cannabis industry are affected by these issues and can benefit from BioLargo's patented solutions. Examples are companies like:
  • Terra Tech Corp. (OTCQX: TRTC), a vertically integrated cannabis-focused agriculture company, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Irvine, California. The company's Herbs and Produce Products segment offers hydroponic herbs, produce, and floral products. And it's Cannabis Dispensary, Cultivation and Production segment operates medical marijuana retail and adult use dispensaries under the name Bl├╝m, providing a selection of medical and adult use cannabis products.

  • OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (OTCQX: OGRMF) through its subsidiaries, produces and sells dried cannabis and cannabis oil in Canada. It was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Moncton, Canada. The company also offers wholesale shipping of cannabis plant cuttings, dried flowers, blends, pre-rolls, and cannabis oils to retailers and wholesalers.

Conclusion
Cannabis is a booming market with countless ways for an investor to participate and create value. However, many marijuana stock plays can be highly unpredictable and volatile. ''Pick and Shovel'' plays that focus on companies that provide essential solutions to serious problems in the booming market offer an excellent way to participate in the financial returns of the growing cannabis industry. One of the biggest problems requiring a solution in the cannabis industry is odor and VOC control.
BioLargo's CupriDyne Clean is well-positioned to be the best and most cost-efficient solution to the cannabis industry's odor and VOC problem. CupriDyne Clean offers a patented, environmentally friendly product platform with applications across multiple industries that deal with odors and VOCs, collectively representing a multi-billion-dollar odor and VOC control market. The product has already been proven effective in combating the difficult odors of the solid waste handling industry, where the product is being adopted by several of the largest waste handling companies in the United States.
BioLargo doesn't just develop odor and VOC control products, it also develops and owns patented platform technologies that provide safe, green, game-changing solutions for industries including healthcare, water treatment, and air quality. It offers multiple blockbuster products, including CupriDyne Clean, that are either currently commercially active or are nearing commercializations. As well, company financials are getting stronger - in Q3 2018, the company reported its nine-month revenue had increased almost 150% over 2017, and while its annual 10-K has not yet been filed, in a January stockholder letter it reported a preliminary revenue estimate that would be more than double its revenues in 2017.
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