Algae in Industry

Pharmaceutical Industry

In the book “Drugs from the Sea” (ed. Nobuhiro Fusetani, pub. S. Karger AG, 2000),
an entire chapter is devoted to drugs extracted from microalgae. Thousands of different
naturally-occurring compounds in algae were found to have a plethora of therapeutic properties ranging from anti-cancer to painkilling, antibacterial, antifungal,
anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and enzyme inhibition.

Cosmetics Industry

The success of the Chilean cosmetics industry is a result of the exploitation of fatty acids,
pigments, carotenoids, astaxanthins and phycobiliproteins contained in algae that promote
healthy skin and have UV-blocking properties.

Beauty Ointments

Algae is added to moisturizing creams manufactured by major companies, such as La Mer,
L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson, to utilize the anti-ageing properties found
in algae’s active ingredients.