Work Package 1: NTUA
Within the work package 1, almost all tasks are accomplished. Nanoparticles are now easily produced with the methods proposed. Functionalization is now optimized to cover nanoparticles with a layer of lipid or sugar, that is necessary to make them biocompatible. Two prototype systems were fabricated for continuous production of magnetic cells via electroporation and for the separation of non-uptake nanoparticles from magnetic cells.
Work Package 2 NOMASICO
The prototype for the magnetic cultivation of magnetic system is in an advanced stage. A perfect location in Cyprus has been found, the design of the cone structure is accomplished and is now under construction. Also the external growth chamber is under construction. All part will be delivered to the warehouse for the final assembling in a few weeks.
Work Package 3 and 4
These work packages will start soon. There are no updates available yet.
Work Package 5: PNO Consultants
WP5 focuses on Exploitation and Business Development activities. A stakeholder analysis is currently in progress to set the basis for these activities as well as to support the communication and dissemination actions. The analysis seeks to identify the most active for-profit (SMEs and large industries) and not-for-profit (universities and research institutes) actors from primary producers to product uptakers. In particular focus are organisations that are active in the cultivation and harvesting of microalgae (including technology providers), the extraction and purification of microalgae components and the production of microalgae-based food, cosmetic, health and nutraceutical products.
Work Package 6: NTUA & PNO Consultants
PNO Consultants has sent the communication and Dissemination plan at the end of January and several materials has been developed (website, brochures, leaflets, roll ups…). PNO Consultants continues to do the dissemination of VALUEMAG througt the Social Media and events like the BIOECONFIN (November 2017) or BIOKET (March 2018). Since the launch of the project, the social media strategy focuses on Twitter and LinkedIn. The strategy has specially expounded on LinkedIn with an engagement rate of 3.50% and more than 90 followers. The social media strategy communicates on the progress of VALUEMAG and several news related to VALUEMAG (microalgae, bioeconomy, photobioreactor…)