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

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 10% of loss that is between farm and supermarket shelf.
Each year in the UK 7,000,000 tonnes of food from homes and 240,000 tonnes from supermarkets ends up in landfill.

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

CuanTec are producing antimicrobial, compostable food packaging from the waste of langoustines and other shellfish. We extract a naturally occurring biopolymer, chitin, and combine it with other natural substance to create a flexible film which can extend the shelf life of fresh food.

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.

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

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

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.

Less food waste, no plastic, less landfill.


The Company

CuanTec (pronounced coo-an tec) comes from the Gaelic word for ocean, cuan, and technology.

We are a competent international team that develops 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.

Dr Cait Murray-Green

Dr Cait Murray-Green

Chief Executive Officer

Cait has been involved with CuanTec since its inception. She 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.

Dr Ryan Taylor

Dr Ryan Taylor

Chief Scientific Officer

Ryan is a physical 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.

Dr Tracy White

Dr Tracy White

Head of Microbiology

Tracy is a microbiologist who obtained her undergraduate degree through the University of the Highlands and Islands at the Scottish Association for Marine Science, and her PhD at Queen's University Belfast. She has several years' experience within the biotechnology sector and has worked with various commercial and industrial sectors. Tracy leads the microbiological aspects of the novel extraction process developed by Cuantec and is based at the European centre for Marine biotechnology, near Oban.

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.

Sarah Connelly

Sarah Connelly

Lab Technician

Sarah obtained her Master's degree in Industrial Biotechnology with distinction at the University of Strathclyde, through IbioIC's first collaborative masters. Sarah did her research project with CuanTec, and is now involved in the development of the process.


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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 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!