Welcome to the
ZIM – Cooperation Network
„Microalgae – a sustainable source
of high quality natural products“

About us

The international ZIM-Cooperation Network “Microalgae – a sustainable source of high quality natural products” is focused on biotechnical and industrial usage of microalgaes for producing high-grade natural substance in different fields like chemistry, pharmacy and food.

In close collaboration between industry partners, research partners and international partners from South Korea and Australia, the network will develop innovative and economical products and strategies. Expanding this network international, particularly in regard to Australia with its suitable climatic conditions and extensive experience, is one of the big aims during this project period.



ANiMOX develops solutions for the use of all by-products (whether animal or vegetable orgin) in bio-based industrial processes.

Location: Berlin
Established since: 2003


Bioactive Food GmbH

BioActive Food researches, develops and produces natural food concentrates to supplement daily nutrition.

Location: Bad Segeberg
Established since: 2008


Dr. Eberhard Bioenergie GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Eberhard Bioenergie deals with the production of microalgaes for the food industry. Extraordinary is its innovative, open system for producing end products with high quality.

Location: Ducherow
Established since: 2017

Füllner & Partner GmbH

Füllner und Partner GmbH is specialized on the extensive planning, software and hardware development, 3D construction, production of mechatronic components, LED luminaires and luminaire systems.

Location: Stahsdorf b. Berlin
Established since: 1992



LABOKLIN is a private accredited laboratory with great experiences in the fields of pathology, microbiology and molecular biology.

Location: Bad Kissingen
Established since: 1989


Microganic GmbH

Microganic GmbH sells and produces microalgae and their ingredients for the food industry, the medical field and cosmetics. Their interdisciplinary, internationally trained team combines years of experience in algae production, sales and business administration.

Location: Melle
Established since: 2015


MINT Engineering GmbH

MINT is an innovative supplier for photobioreactors for microalgaes with special know-how in biology, engineering technologies, quality management and process control.

Location: Dresden
Established since: 2016


Proteome Factory AG

Proteome Factory is specialized in protein identification and characterization with more than a dozen years experience in modern protein analysis and proteomics.

Location: Berlin
Established since: 1992


Subitec GmbH

Subitec is the leading development partner for the usage of algae biomass and is specialized in the high efficient industrial production of phototroph microorganism by special Flat-Panel Airlift Photobioreactors.

Location: Stuttgart
Established since: 2000


TERRA URBANA Umlandentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

TERRA URBANA is a nationally and internationally acting business, that is focused on environmental planning and environmental technologies.

Location: Zossen
Established since: 1993


Ventury GmbH

The Ventury GmbH company has many years of experience in the fields of planning and construction of buildings and process technology plants as well as energy technology projects.

Location: Dresden
Established since: 2007


Associated partners - Science

Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg

Research areas: microalgae for production of amino acid; characterization of new algae strains.

Location: Freiburg



Research areas: microalgae cultivation; integrated multitrophic aquaculture; process and installation engineering; ecologically, economically and socially sustainable microalgae production.

Location: Bremerhaven


Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg

Research area: phototrophic biotechnology, especially the cultivation and extraction of valuable substances from microalgae.

Location: Cottbus


Gesellschaft zur Förderung von Medizin- , Bio und Umwelttechnologien e.V.

Research areas: phototrophic processes for optimal biomass- and product building; analytics for algae ingredients; reactor systems on a scale 500 ml – 30 l; experimental platform for the evaluation of lightening, pH value, supply of carbon dioxide and nitrogen.

Location: Halle (Saale)


Hochschule Anhalt

Research areas: biotechnological production of valuable and active substances (carotenoids, sulfolipids, fatty acids, proteins, amino acids, pharmaceutical substances) from algae and the fermentation of complex biomass substrates (biogenic waste materials, renewable raw materials).

Location: Köthen


Hochschule Bremerhaven

Research area: biotechnology of microalgaes and cyanobacterias.

Location: Bremerhaven


Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Research areas: organization and function of metabolic networks; phototrophic metabolism using cyanobacteria as model organisms.

Location: Berlin


Martin – Luther Universität Halle

Research areas: chemical and biological screening of actinomycetes and cyanobacteria strains, stock culture, isolation and structure elucidation of biologically active natural products.

Location: Halle (Saale)


Max-Planck Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie

Research areas: metabolomics used in molecular plant physiology and photosynthetic microorganism, analysis of the central metabolism of cyanobacteria.

Location: Golm b. Potsdam


Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Research areas: biochemistry; genetics and biotechnology of photosynthetic microorganism with the focus on the interaction between different metabolic pathways in photosynthetic cyanobacteria and green algae.

Location: Bochum


Technische Hochschule Wildau

Research areas: molecular biotechnology and functional genomics with focus on screening, development of robotics, lightening and Software; strain maintenance and culturing of microalgae and the analysis of carotene, unsaturated fatty acids and other ingredients; production of algae for the production of renewable resource and as a source of food for zooplankton.

Location: Wildau b. Berlin


Universität Bielefeld

The Algae Biotechnology & Bioenergy Research Group at Bielefeld University was founded in 2009 and is part of the Faculty of Biology and of the Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec). The working group of Prof. Kruse investigates the potential of microalgae for the utilization of light energy and CO2 for the biotechnological production of valuable compounds in fundamental and applied research projects. Targets in the focus of our current research include hydrocarbons, carbohydrates, lipids, recombinant proteins and other bioactive molecules.

Location: Bielefeld


Universität Potsdam

Research areas: identification and application of secondary plant substances, identification and characterization of proteins due to Proteomresearch, Proteinprofiling or mapping, valuing changes in the structure of proteins.

Location: Potsdam


Universität Rostock

Research areas: molecular biology of cyanobacteria, production and characterization of mutants in the carbohydrate metabolism, system biology of CO2 assimilation of cyanobacteria and plants, production and characterization of cyanobacterial strains for biofuel.

Location: Rostock


Zentrum für Ernährung und Lebensmitteltechnologie gGmbH

Research areas: The Centre for Nutrition and Food Technology - ZELT has been cooperating with research and the food industry since 1997. Product and process development for food companies is flanked by sensory, microbiological, chemical and physical analyses.

Location: Neubrandenburg


Foreign partners

IMB Centre for Solar Biotechnology - The University of Queensland

Development of new solar powered technologies and industries based on photosynthetic green algae; Strain purification, cryopreservation, nutrient and light optimisation, metabolomics and metabolic engineering, high-value product development and screening, photobioreactor and raceway system design, technoeconomic analysis, scale-up.

Location: Brisbane, Australia


Climate Change Cluster - University of Technology Sydney

Research-based solutions focusing on the development of new algal biosystems with the following applications: Commercial-scale microalgal biomass cultivation methods in bioreactors; Efficient algal biomass harvesting and processing methods; Biotech-ready, genetically engineered, elite microalgal strains; Algae-based biodegradable plastics; Development and biomanufacturing of therapeutics from algae using GMP-lite facility; Bioremediation systems for wastewater and solid waste treatment.

Location: Sydney, Australia


Plant Biotechnology Laboratory - Hanyang University

Research-based solutions focusing on the development of versatile microalgal strains using microalgae transformation technique and molecular genetics; Identification of low temperature adaptation mechanism of polar microalgae, especially characterization and application of antifreeze proteins. As efforts to produce high valued biochemicals such as biodiesel and carotenoids, scientists are developing high light conversion efficiency, high speed CO2 capturing microalgae.

Location: Seoul, South Korea


DSI Technology Pty Ltd

Software solutions for production control in the agricultural and food sector; Process monitoring in the breeding, production and extraction of high-quality active ingredients

Location: Brisbane, Australia

Global Futuremakers Pty Ltd

Sustainable and innovative energy and water solutions

Location: Brisbane, Australia


Network management

T+I Technologie- und InnovationsConsult GmbH has extensive know-how in the field of ZIM network and cluster management. We support partner companies and scientific institutions in the networks we have initiated in the identification of ideas and joint projects. We support the application for the financing of innovation projects and ensure the guidelines compliant reporting and billing to the promoters.

Furthermore, we ensure a constant exchange between the participating companies and scientific cooperation partners.


Lena Karwen
Senior project manager

Bärbel Riemann

Dr. Gerhard Smettan
Project management


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