January 13, 2022

A4F exhibits photobioreactor at BioLab Lisboa

Source: a4f

A4F is one of the companies highlighted in BioLab Lisboa, an initiative of Lisbon City Council and FCUL.

A4F is one of the companies highlighted in BioLab Lisboa (BLL), an initiative of the City Council and the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, which aims to empower the city, through new concepts, knowledge and innovative solutions, as capital of the present and of the future.

The BLL, inaugurated on January 13 by Carlos Moedas, President of the CML, and Luís Ferreira, Rector of the University of Lisbon, is part of the Fab Lab Lisboa (FLL) space, a municipal laboratory for digital fabrication, experimentation and prototyping, open to all citizens and allowing the synergy of the different valences that these equipments offer.

Among other initiatives, BLL will promote the Bio Lisboa Network, a multistakeholder structure designed to aggregate and align the knowledge and value chains in the city of Lisbon, with the aim of making it more resilient and contributing to the United Nations' sustainable development goals.

The end-to-end concept allows citizens, secondary school students, higher education institutions and public and private organizations to co-create new concepts for citizens and the city, through scientific knowledge. This partnership aims to promote training, capacity building, experimentation, prototyping, proof of concept, acceleration and business creation in the area of ​​Biotechnology, namely through biofabrication, bioproduction and engineering of biological systems.

In a first phase, three sections of activities are installed: molecular biology, bioprinters and bioproduction, including the photobioreactor (PBR) exhibited by A4F and which, in the inaugural visit, was presented by Nuno Coelho, President of the company.

The PBR, with a capacity of 150L, ​​was developed by the A4F engineering team to take advantage of a structure formerly used in slaughterhouse activities. A well-designed installation loaded with symbolism – the production of microalgae, protein of the future, in a space previously reserved for animal meat, protein of the past.