The Solabia Group, a French supplier of cosmetics ingredients derived from biotechnologies (fermentation and enzyme biocatalysis), fine chemicals and plant extraction technologies, is completing its offer by capitalizing on the wealth and diversity of algae through the acquisition of Algues & Mer, a company created in 1994 with its head office in the Ouessant island (Brittany, France). This location, in the Iroise sea, on the West coast of Brittany offers exceptional sourcing conditions.

The island of Ouessant contains a large variety of both wild and cultivated...

The island of Ouessant contains a large variety of both wild and cultivated algae. - Photo credit: Vuldentive

Indeed, the island of Ouessant is classified as a biosphere reserve of the Iroise Sea by UNESCO and contains a large variety of both wild and cultivated algae, far removed from pesticides, heavy metals and pollution.

Since its creation, Algues & Mer was especially notable in the development of different active molecules and, in particular, fucoidans, sulfated polysaccharides with multiple properties for cosmetic, nutritional and pharmaceutical use (ongoing collaboration with INSERM).

With this new acquisition, the Solabia Group intends to develop new sources of inspiration and, of course, innovations by applying all its expertise to the algae world, which is currently rapidly expanding, and thus strengthen its position as a major world player in cosmetic ingredients,” highlights the group in a release.