Research & Development

Our passionate team of scientists, engineers, and operators focuses on cross functional research, development, and deployment of biological and green chemistry processes across a diverse array of industries including beverage, cosmetics, defense, food, pharmaceuticals, materials, and remediation.

Natural Colors

Blue Marble has developed both green chemistry and natural microbial routes to several natural colors. We use natural or sustainable sources as solvents and non-virgin biomass (waste) as the feedstock for the recovery of carotenoids including both lycopene and beta-carotene. In the specific case of extracted lycopene, Blue Marble utilizes tomato pomace as the source of tomato oleoresin and lycopene. Additionally, we have worked with many microorganisms from algae to fungi to develop natural pathways to lycopene and beta-carotene.

Natural Propylene Glycol

Blue Marble has completed proof of concept work for natural propylene glycol.  With targeted fermentations involving non-GMO microorganisms, Blue Marble has been able to increase microbial transformation of lactic acid to propylene glycol. This has the potential to be an exciting new and natural pathway for a common solvent in pharmaceutical products and food processing.

Chia Mucilage

Mucilage is a thick gooey substance produced by many plants and microorganisms. Blue Marble developed a novel and efficient way to extract the mucilage from chia seeds. This product can be used as a natural texturizer and bulking agent in food and has the potential to replace ingredients like eggs during the cooking process. The process developed for chia mucilage recovery is organic compliant and produces other material streams, including but not limited to the extraction of high omega 3 chia oils and recovered fiber and protein from the chia seeds.

Hops Oil

Blue Marble developed a process to generate natural grapefruit characteristics, as well as other natural aroma compounds, from non-grapefruit characteristic hops oil. We utilized our natural chemistry and biology processes to modify existing natural materials in new and novel ways to generate these compounds that can be used in the flavor industry.

Microbial Cellulose

Blue Marble has released a fermentation pathway that uses food production side stream materials (waste) to cultivate cellulose-producing bacteria. This approach allows for the production of cost competitive cellulose materials for label friendly bulking and texturing solutions. Microbial cellulose is produced without hemicellulose or lignin contamination, making this cellulose superior to existing bulking agents. It can also be used as a calorie reduction compound with benefits including better GI tolerance than other calorie-reducers such as insulin or sugar alcohols.

Fermented Fusions

We’ve developed a new fermentation pathway called Fermented Fusions. This line of fermented products provides unique and novel fermented flavors and taste modulation compounds by route of several different polyculture fermentations.  The Fermented Fusions-MY utilizes a specially mixed yeast cassette and offers a fermentation process that generates floral aromas and flavors, vitamins, esters, alcohols, and organic acids. The Fermented Fusions products can be used to flavor sauces and dressings as well as used as salt replacements and flavor enhancers.