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Projects in Development

Biogenic Minerals direct considerable energy and time into innovation and development projects. Here are the projects currently active at Biogenic Minerals.

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This work was supported by The Icelandic Food Innovation Fund, grant number 84469.”

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 815059.

Calcium Compounds Produced from Quahog Clam Shells

The quahog clam shell is primarily made of calcium carbonate, a naturally occurring mineral that is formed from the accumulation of calcium and carbonate ions in seawater. While being an excellent source of pure calcium carbonate, it is not the best compound for calcium supplementation due to its bioavailability.

The aim of this project is to find ways to utilize the clam shell for the production of different calcium compounds with a better bioavailability than calcium carbonate, in a way that allows for the economical use of the quahog clam for calcium based products.

Quahog clam in black sand seen from top

Exploration of Clam Shell Membrane for Bioactive Compounds

The shell of the quahog clam, Arctica Islandica, is covered with a organic membrane. This membrane is made up of polysaccharides and proteins which may have interesting bioactive properties. This project aims to explore this in detail.

Quahog clam in black sand
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