We promote blue biotechnology through experimental development and applied research of new marine microalgae production and processing technologies, on pilot and industrial scale (demonstrative projects) with application in the Canary food, cosmetics, agriculture and environmental industries.

Everything with a view to transferring said knowledge to the Canary business sector. In this line we are taking part in the BIOASIS platform to incentivate the blue biotechnology industry and in particular marine vegetable aquaculture, as a specialisation area for the growth of Blue Economy, together with the Spanish Algae Bank of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the ECOAGUA University Institute and the Sociedad de Promoción Económica de Gran Canaria (SPEGC).

We render support services for young pre- and post-doctorate researchers linked to research and economic activities related to the exploitation of insular marine resources.

Biotechnology Department Presentation


  • 1999

    First semi-industrial experimental microalgae cultivation plant in Spain

    Suitability of the conditions of Pozo Izquierdo facilities favored the location of first industrial microalgae cultivation and processing plant in Spain, and one of the first and largest in Europe, for large-scale production for collaborative nutraceutical and food purposes with private companies.

    First semi-industrial experime
  • 2010

    Venturi: device to minimize the impact of the discharge of desalination brines into the sea

    Raised as the technical feasibility study of Venturi diffusers for the improvement of the dilution process in brine discharges from desalination plants, the Venturi project allowed to evaluate the profitability and effectiveness of these devices in such discharges.

    Venturi: device to minimize th
  • 2012

    Incubation of the first Canary microalgae culture company: Algalimento

    The ITC's extensive experience in biotechnology, together with the contribution of private capital, allowed the creation of the first microalgae cultivation company in the Canary Islands for the food sector, and with the objective of obtaining food made from producing microalgae of carotenes and Omega-3 fatty acids

    Incubation of the first Canary
  • 2016

    Creation of Algae Biotechnology Excellence Platform (PEBA)

    The creation of the Algae Biotechnology Platform of Excellence, with ITC, Cabildo de Gran Canaria and University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is a boost for the development of the blue economy and Biotechnology sector.

    Creation of Algae Biotechnolog
  • 2016


    Creation of first incubator for Biotechnology companies in the Canaries (UPE-BIO)

  • 2018

    Creation of BIOASIS

    Creation of BIOASIS Gran Canaria brand: Blue Biotechnology & Aquaculture Excellence Platform

    Creation of BIOASIS