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What is Cuantec?

CuanTec is the latest start-up from Strathclyde Uni, opening its lab in Jan 2017.

CuanTec is working on new products which will help to solve the world’s problems of landfill and food waste by taking the inedible bits of langoustine and other shellfish and turning it into food packaging that makes fresh food last longer.

Our packaging will be anti-microbial, compostable and biodegradable.

Food waste is one of the biggest issues facing Europe. Being able to extend the shelf-life of fresh foods by wrapping it in new materials which can stop it rotting so quickly reduces the amount of food that is thrown away, preventing smells and greenhouse gases. Providing food in biodegradable, compostable packaging reduces dependence on plastic containers and wrapping.

And making it from what would otherwise be thrown away just seems sensible.

Less food waste, less packaging, less landfill.

The Company

The company name comes from the Gaelic word for ocean (cuan, pronounced coo-an). CuanTec takes the best of Scottish innovation and creates sustainable biopolymer products. It is not merely a fine chemical supplier, but will manufacture finished products providing specific advantage and value-add to their chosen markets.

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.

Look out for details of our Crowdfunding programme launching soon too!

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The Science

CuanTec will solve these problems by creating a novel food packaging material based on Chitosan created from the Chitin extracted from the shells. The packaging will be made from naturally abundant materials and maximise the natural anti-microbial properties of the biopolymer.

This will make a significant contribution to the global food waste problem. Our food packaging will help prevent food spoiling and rotting, so you can enjoy it for longer (less to throw away) and it will also be  compostable and biodegradable, so it can be handled separately from landfill (reducing waste)

It will be produced from a new, patentable, production process that reduces the costs and environmental impact of current Chitosan extraction methods.

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!