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Cuantec believe that food waste is a major financial and environmental problem and national disgrace.

Almost a third of food created in Western nations is wasted. Each year in the UK 7m tonnes of food from homes ends up in landfill, 220m tonnes from supermarkets. 10% of loss that is between farm and supermarket shelf.

That loss creates a stink, it costs money, and it can be avoided.

Cuantec is a blue biotechnology company creating a circular economy where waste from processing of the fisheries industry is put to much better use.

We are going to reduce the amount of waste going into landfill by up-cycling unwanted parts of langoustines and other shellfish, extracting a naturally occurring biopolymer, chitin from that and turning it into compostable, biodegradable food packaging.

This reduces the problem of landfill by replacing petroleum based plastics which take over 100 years to decompose and are a major hazard for animal and birds, with our food packaging that can be included in compost instead.

And our packaging goes further – it reduces the amount of food waste by extending the shelf-life of food. In addition to being compostable and biodegradable, our food packaging is naturally anti-microbial and kills off any stray bacteria, enabling longer shelf-life. This means that the salmon steaks that you buy in the supermarket would last, at home in the fridge, for much longer.

CuanTec make food packaging that is anti-microbial, compostable and biodegradable.

Our goal, with this product, is to work hand in hand with companies from fisheries through to food retailers, to create the new generation of food packaging, respecting our food and our environment.

Our packaging is an asset for the environment and for the economy.

It will save money too:
Every year in UK alone, retail and manufacture sectors lose £2.0 billion because of food waste
On average a household loses £60 per month on avoidable food waste.


With our packaging, food last longer, avoiding food waste and the economical lost that goes with it.

Less food waste, no plastic, less landfill.

The Company

Dr Ryan Taylor, a Strathclyde alumnus, created the company after seeing the amount of langoustines left to decompose every year, he saw in them a resource being wasted.

He chose to show the Scottish origins of the company with its name, Cuan (pronounced coo-an) being the Gaelic word for ocean.

He built around him a complementary international team that helps him develop the blue biotechnology products of tomorrow.

We are a vibrant and expanding company, and we always welcome high-quality applicants to join our team.

Find out more about our expert management team below.

Cait Murray-Green

Cait Murray-Green

Chief Executive Officer

Cait has been involved with CuanTec since its inception and is highly skilled in the commercialisation of science and technology. She is a research scientist who has moved through product development, sales and business development roles.

She has also worked as a Commercialisation Manager working with public sector scientists and as a consultant specialising in helping companies find their business opportunities and gain funding to commence activities.

Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor

Chief Operating Officer

Ryan is an analytical chemist with experience in fine chemicals and pharmaceutical industries.

The process and product design at the heart of CuanTec comes from his strong interest in how science can be used to benefit the environment and create new materials to address some of the biggest clean-up challenges that modern living faces.

Marguerite Guibourg

Marguerite Guibourg

Project Support Executive

Marguerite is an experienced business graduate with a strong scientific grounding. She provides the data analysis for the process and product development and digital marketing support.

Fluent in French, English and Spanish she is in charge of the Internationalisation of Cuantec.

Kasia Olszewska

Kasia Olszewska

Senior Chemistry Technician

Kasia obtained her masters in pharmaceutical analysis at Strathclyde University with distinction years after her first analytical chemistry masters.

She is in charge of developing the chemical processes of the company and ensuring quality, her significant experience of GLP and GMP will also be put to good use.

Our Sponsors & Investors

Getting every company started takes effort, time and money.

CuanTec are proud to acknowledge the support of their sponsors gathered from the commercial community of fisheries, food processors and retailers that are closest to the CuanTec circular economy.

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What Our Sponsors Say.......

The Science

CuanTec main aim is to develop blue biotech products, developing new processes mixing biology and chemistry in order to be as green as possible and to reduce our environmental footprint as much as possible.


We are doing green chemistry, to achieve a truly circular economy


Our products such as our food packaging will be made from naturally abundant materials.

Our first products are based on chitosan, we are producing it with a new patentable production process, reducing the economic and environmental cost normally associated with chitosan production.

We will be the first anti-microbial, compostable, biodegradable food packaging based on chitosan, to market with a complete circular economy story.

Our Events

We will be hard at work in the lab for most of 2017 but occasionally we can be found at a variety of events.

Check our diary which we will update throughout the year on an ongoing basis and come and say hi!