Astaxanthin is the first product with which Bicomer, a start-up company based in Bielefeld, Germany, hopes to make the animal feed and cosmetics industries more sustainable by using biotechnology. The high-quality carotenoid is not just renowned for its red colour. It is above all a vitamin-like ingredient that is frequently used in fish and poultry fodder. Even triathletes swear by its effectiveness as a dietary supplement. It is also used as an antioxidant and UV absorber in the cosmetics industry.

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Author profile picture Almut Otto is a writer and has over 30 years of know-how in the communications industry. She learned the trade of journalism from scratch in a daily newspaper and in a special interest magazine. After studying communication sciences in Munich, she worked as an international PR manager in the textile, shoe, outdoor and IT industries for a long time. For some years now, she has been concentrating more on her journalistic background. As a passionate outdoor and water sports enthusiast - her hobbies include windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP boarding, sailing and snowboarding - she is particularly interested in keeping the oceans clean and shaping a sustainable future. In addition, she is always fascinated by the latest developments from the world's hardware and software laboratories.