June 22, 2015 | San Diego, CA
George Vozhdayev of PureBiomass LLC was awarded a Phase 1 Small Business Innovation & Research Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $180,000 to develop a 1/13 scale model of the TriPAR reactor. A matching contribution was made by Piveg, Inc. which plans to license the TriPAR system for the production of H. pluvialis to answer the global demand for astaxanthin products. Construction will begin next month in San Diego, CA with completion expected by June 2016.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." With an annual budget of $7.5 billion (FY 2016), NSF is the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.