Overcoming the challenges of applying natural red colorant from seaweed in cosmetic products
- Industrial Biotechnology
It was important for the company to cooperate with technology centres that have previous experience with different technologies, as well as to establish good communication between the centres and the SME.
That is why they were able to troubleshoot efficiently and continuously choose the best options for experimenting. The Project partners managed to formulate a working microencapsulation method which makes red pigment phycoerythrin (PE) lipid-soluble and easily dispersible in fats, increases the stability of PE against heat, sunlight and oxidation in final products, and produces PE as a powder in a more cost-effective way.
Key success factors
The task chosen for this small project was specific, and it allowed to test different methods, which were carefully chosen based on the experience of experts from technology centres. The good communication between project partners, who had scheduled meetings every month, was important for continuously directing the project based on the intermediate results.