(Bonita Springs, FL)— Algenol Biofuels Inc., an industrial biotechnology company that makes ethanol using hybrid algae, announced today that its parent company, Algenol LLC, recently acquired Cyano Biofuels GmbH. Cyano Biofuels, which is located in Berlin, Germany, has extensive experience in producing hybrid algae to make ethanol and green chemicals. The acquisition significantly increases Algenol’s research and development capacity and strengthens its valuable access to European expertise in biotechnology and algal research.
Algenol LLC previously held an indirect, minority position in Cyano Biofuels, and Algenol has worked closely with the German company for the past three years. Cyano Biofuels was founded in 2007 and is located in the Adlershof technology park in Berlin. Cyano Biofuelshas strong ties to leading German universities and is a spin-off from Humboldt-University.
“Combining our companies will accelerate our ability to fully develop Algenol’s DIRECT TO ETHANOL® technology and move us more rapidly toward commercialization. The Berlin area is well known for its world-class research on microalgae and is a perfect place to hire talented scientists and technicians. We plan to continue Cyano Biofuel’s collaborations with German universities and believe these collaborations will add significant new technology and new capabilities to our Company,” said Paul Woods, Algenolʼs co-founder and CEO.
“Algenol is the perfect partner for us. We have extensive experience working together and are certain that Cyano Biofuels will thrive in combination with Algenol. With Algenol’s stateof-the-art new laboratories in Lee County, Florida and plans to build a pilot-scale biorefinery in 2011, we eagerly look forward to making the transition from a development stage company to a commercial company in the near future,” said Dan Kramer CEO and cofounder of Cyano Biofuels GmbH.