Biodiscovery and Biorefinery

With an overall goal of providing a sustainable access to the chemical diversity from our oceans, CIIMAR has developed a platform for navigating from biological material to pure compounds.
CIIMAR provides large-scale microalgae culture and biomass processing facilities as well as last-generation photobioreactors, a collection of fractionated extracts from marine microorganisms and a growing library of pure compounds.
A series of diverse biological assays that can assist biodiscovery efforts can be conducted safely at CIIMAR including cancer cell line cytotoxicity, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory assays, as well as ecologically-relevant bioassays to test for anti-microfouling, anti-macrofouling and anti-algal activities.
In addition, CIIMAR's Biodiscovery and Biorefinery Platform has the ability to carry out natural products isolation in the mg scale, structural characterisation (using HRMS as well as NMR) and medicinal chemistry iterations.