We want to start by wishing a Happy New Year to all our partners, team members, stockholders, and followers. 2022 was a pivotal year for BioLargo, with revenues growing substantially each quarter and more than 125% year-over-year thanks to exceptional long-term channel partnerships and increasing adoption of products based on BioLargo technologies. (Note that our revenue numbers are preliminary and have not yet been audited, and are thus subject to change.)
As we start the new year, it’s a great time to reflect on the milestones we’ve achieved in 2022 and the opportunities we’ve laid the foundation for in 2023. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, allow us to share some highlights:
POOPH – New Value Created in a New Market
A great example of this model is with our odor and VOC
control business unit. BioLargo’s industrial odor control agent, marketed under
the brand name CupriDyne Clean, uses our proprietary chemistry to control industrial
or solid waste odors. However, the same underlying chemistry, in a different
formulation, can be used to deliver a product to address pet odors.
This product, marketed nationally on television under the brand name POOPH, is making an even bigger splash in pet product consumer markets. Its recent introduction into Walmart is a huge success and is expected to continue growing in 2023. BioLargo’s partner, Ikigai Marketing Works, reports that the product is being positively received by several major national retail chains.
By leveraging the consumer market expertise of Ikigai, BioLargo has created a significant revenue stream from an existing technology without increasing the company’s overhead and while reducing its reliance on external capital. This business case is a great example of the capacity of the BioLargo business model to generate new value through partnerships.
Putting an End to Forever Chemicals (PFAS)
With the enhanced understanding of the significant risks to human health that these chemicals pose, regulations are being proposed and implemented to control human exposure and remove them from our environment. Regulations were proposed to add PFAS to the CERCLA (“Superfund”) list last September and PFAS are expected to be added to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) list in 2023. In the summer of 2022, the Health Advisory Levels (HALs) for PFAS were revised down almost 10-fold, with similar changes expected under the Safe Drinking Water Act in early 2023. The EPA has begun pushing for new monitoring of PFAS contamination of air and wastewater as a likely prelude to tightening regulations.
BioLargo is positioned to uniquely address this escalating need for practical, affordable PFAS treatment solutions. BioLargo’s AEC (Aqueous Electrostatic Concentrator) systems allow us to help customers to develop tailored solutions to remove a wide range of harmful PFAS from water, meet regulatory requirements, and preserve human and environmental well-being. As compared with incumbent technologies, our AEC machine reduces hazardous waste disposal and operating costs. As PFAS contamination becomes an increasingly pressing problem across the US and the world, we are excited for the opportunities to help communities and industry clean their water. As for its commercial status, we have begun our first PFAS mitigation project (still in early phase), and have entered into sales and business development contracts with nine channel partners and/or independent sales representative companies to represent our PFAS removal technology to clients.
Minimal Liquid Discharge Systems Partnership (a Water Reuse Initiative)
It is hard to overstate the potential impact of being able to reuse every drop of liquid water, especially in drought-ridden areas. This goal drove the companies to combine their efforts to bring a novel wastewater treatment product design to the market. The heart of the new modular design, developed and patented by Garratt-Callahan scientists, needed the expert equipment and manufacturing capabilities of BioLargo to bring it to fruition.
The resulting collaborative breakthrough allows small- and medium-volume manufacturers to approach the industrial gold standard of “zero liquid discharge” without the million-dollar capital investments often required by traditional technologies. It’s about bringing new capabilities to market at an accessible price point and creating a positive impact not only for these individual manufacturers but for the environment as a whole. Garratt-Callahan is focusing on customers with a track record of technology adoption and sector leadership in order to lay a foundation for broad adoption among their peers.
The Energy Industry: A Strategic sector for BioLargo
There is an inextricable linkage between water and energy. Producing, moving, treating, and heating water, then collecting and treating wastewater – every step of the water cycle – consumes energy. Just as producing water requires a lot of energy, harnessing energy requires lots of water. This relationship between water and energy is called the water–energy nexus. And it’s behind our strategy for becoming a recognized player in the energy industry. Allow us to share two examples of how we’re implementing this strategy: our Ultra Safe Nuclear project and our South American Waste-to-Energy Project.
Ultra Safe Nuclear Project
The widespread adoption of nuclear power generation has been limited by the sheer size of nuclear reactors and their inherent safety issues. But because nuclear power holds the potential for addressing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change concerns, there is a significant market for any company that can develop safer, smaller, nuclear power solutions.
Ultra Safe Nuclear is a Seattle-based nuclear energy innovator and has invented a "fission battery" – a fourth-generation modular nuclear reactor that addresses these market needs. They have engaged BioLargo’s engineering division to develop the fuel production system that the fission battery will rely upon, a crucial component for the final device. This will allow the company’s revolutionary new Micro Modular Reactor to deliver safe, zero-carbon, cost-effective energy anywhere. This is yet another way that BioLargo‘s environmental engineering capabilities are being brought to bear on the challenge of making life better – sustainably.
How do you dispose of 2,000,000 tons of municipal solid waste every year and come out ahead both financially and in terms of environmental impact?
A Southern California-based sustainable energy services company has engaged BioLargo to answer that question for a South American client. BioLargo‘s answer is a waste-to-energy conversion plant project that leverages the capabilities of BioLargo’s waste management and air quality control subsidiary, ONM Environmental, and the expertise of its engineering subsidiary, BLEST. The state-of-the-art plant would be expected to be one of the largest of its kind in the entire world.
At this time, both the Ultra-Safe Nuclear and Waste-to-Energy projects are expected to progress to their subsequent phases of engagement in early 2023, and we’ll keep our stakeholders informed as each project moves ahead.
I want to remind readers that our subsidiary Clyra Medical Technologies continues to advance its commercial efforts to capitalize on the regulatory clearance of its Bioclynse product, an efficacious, safe, long-acting wound irrigation solution that can be used throughout the entire surgical procedure, with no need to rinse out (https://www.clyramedical.com/clyraproducts). They have recently signed contracts with and are training over 25 sales representatives, landed their first customers, are in negotiations with hospital systems and buying groups, and are in negotiations with major channel partners. Stay tuned as we’re very excited about Clyra.
As always, we encourage our stockholders, partners, and followers to reach out to us if they have questions, advice (or even criticisms!). Our network is a fundamental reason for our success and we’re grateful for the strength of your engagement and support. You can always reach me directly by email at email@example.com.
We wish you all a wonderful and Happy New Year!
Dennis P. Calvert
President & CEO, BioLargo, Inc.
About BioLargo, Inc.
BioLargo, Inc. (OTCQB:BLGO) is a cleantech and life sciences innovator and engineering services solution provider. Our core products address PFAS contamination, achieve advanced water and wastewater treatment, control odor and VOCs, improve air quality, and control infections and infectious disease. Our approach is to invent or acquire novel technologies, develop them into product offerings, and extend their commercial reach through licensing and channel partnerships to maximize their impact. See our website at www.BioLargo.com.
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