Cyanobacteria are oxygenic photosynthetic gram negative bacteria formerly known as blue green algae, as they were long thought to belong to the plant kingdom. A feature shared by cyanobacteria and plants is their ability to perform photosynthesis. According to the endosymbiont theory cyanobacteria are in fact the origin of chloroplasts, the organelles which harbour the plant`s photosynthetic machinery.
Cyanobacteria are a new, mostly idle source of natural material which features the synthesis of diverse bioactive substances, hence being of great pharmaceutical interest.
Dr. Dan Kramer
Dr. Torsten Schwenke
Dr. Heike Enke
Information: Cyano Biotech GmbH is a spin-off from the Institute of Biology of Humboldt-University, Berlin. The company persues commercial recuperation of the results of 20 years of R&D in the field of cyanobacteria, as carried out by the group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Börner (Dept. of Genetics).