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As a graduate student at Trent University, researcher Andressa Lacerda collaborated with research assistant Adam Noble to create Noblegen Inc. The company consists of two divisions, water purification and biotechnology. The biotechnology division uses microorganisms to produce biomaterials for commercial and industrial sectors, such as food and beverage, nutritional supplements, and cosmetics.
One of Noblegen’s many initiatives includes developing an alternative way to derive to omega oils than through fish—a depleting resource.
Based at Trent University, the fast-expanding Noblegen has exceeded growth expectations with 30 employees, 12 of whom are Trent graduates. Local partners include Peterborough Community Futures Development Corporation, Cambium Consulting & Engineering, and Champlain Animal Hospital.