FucoSan – Health from the sea

Project description:

FucoSan – Health from the Sea (FucoSan – Sundhed fra havet) is a German-Danish project funded by the EU regional development program Interreg Va for three years since March 2017. Under the leadership of the Eye Clinic of UKSH (Kiel), cross-border expertise from research to commercial-sustainable use has been brought together with seven other partners. The aim is to identify potential applications of the valuable marine bioresource of fucoidans for health and well-being.
Project tasks are the sustainable supply of the marine source material and the development of an economic downstream processing. In three pilot applications, selected fucoidan fractions will be specifically tested for their suitability in cosmetics, in ophthalmology and regenerative medicine, thereby combining the knowledge of multiple applications. Finally, the collected information will be made available to research and industry in a project database.

Project website: https://www.fucosan.eu/de/

Our tasks:

  • Procurement, cultivation and wild collection of brown algae

Project staff:

  • Dipl. Biol. Verena Sandow, project management
  • Dr. Levent Piker, project supervision, managing director CRM
  • Dr. Stefan Rehm, project communication and public relations
  • Dr. Rafael Meichßner, Fucus sp. cultivation

Funding by: EU Interreg 5a

Period: March 2017 until February 2020

Project partners:

  • University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Clinic for Ophthalmology.
  • University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Clinic for Trauma Surgery
  • Christian-Albrechts-University, Pharmaceutical Biology
  • Christian-Albrechts-University, Institute for Business Administration and Innovation Research
  • oceanBASIS GmbH
  • Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Research Unit Marine Natural Product Chemistry
  • University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
  • Odense University Hospital
  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU)


Dipl. Biol. Verena Sandow Algae cultivation, research diving, marine ecological expertise

Dipl.-Biol. Verena Sandow