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Bluewater Bio appoints Professor Tom Stephenson

growing team and continued fundraising fuel global expansion

Bluewater Bio International, a global specialist in the treatment of wastewater, is pleased to announce that it is boosting its already strong technical team with the appointment of world leading academic, Professor Tom Stephenson, to its Advisory Board and also as Chairman of Water Innovate, which Bluewater Bio is set to acquire. Prof. Stephenson is a universally respected expert in the water and wastewater industry with an international reputation and he is currently Chairman of British Water.

Prof. Stephenson, a graduate in biochemistry from the University of York, holds a PhD in civil engineering from Imperial College London, specialising in public health engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), recently elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Prof. Stephenson‟s personal international reputation for research is demonstrated by publication of over 150 paperson water and wastewater treatment, engineering, biological wastewater processes and the design and manufacture of package plants. He has held an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) „Platform‟ grant for 10 years and has represented the industry on panels for UK Government and British Water. He has also contributed to the OECD World Business Council for Sustainable Development report on Water Scenarios to 2025.

Commenting on his appointment, Prof. Stephenson said: "I am delighted to have joined forces with Bluewater Bio. The Company has tremendous potential to advance water treatment worldwide with its growing portfolio of innovative, high-performance technologies. As advisor to Bluewater Bio'sBoard I relish the challenge of this implementation stage in the market and believe my experience can accelerate the

team's advancement of the field; adding to the excellent performance shown by the successful HYBACS technology, a growing order book in South Africa, Middle East and China, and an expanding R&D pipeline and a portfolio of proven technologies."

Daniel Ishag, CEO of Bluewater Bio, said: “Professor Stephenson is one of the world leaders in our field — we are privileged to welcome him to the team. He will be a valuable guide in our strategic development and acquisition plans for our rapidly expanding portfolio of advanced, high-performance technologies.”

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Bluewater Bio International is the holding company of a group of companies which have developed a cost effective advanced biological solution for the treatment of wastewater. Bluewater Bio is involved at all stages of the process from plant design and costing through to installation, commissioning and training and, when required, the provision of ongoing operation and maintenance.

The proprietary technology, called HYBACS (Hybrid Bacillus Activated Sludge), is gaining acceptance among a growing number of companies both in Europe and the Middle East, Africa and Asia to be commercially superior to many existing treatment processes worldwide, across a wide range of treatment requirements. Bluewater Bio‟s strategy is to focus on supplying HYBACS and a growing portfolio of complementary

technologies to both the municipal treatment sector and to industrial customers and polluters of water. This strategy presents customers with cost-effective HYBACS-based treatment and offers an evolving range of innovative solutions which provide the immediate treatment, capital cost benefits, wastewater reuse potential and the lifetime operational cost and energy saving benefits of the HYBACS process.

Bluewater Bio‟s product range aims to address municipal and industrial wastewater treatment/reuse requirements associated with:

  • municipal and domestic wastewater from cities and residential developments;
  • upgrading existing sewage treatment plants to meet stricter regulations and legislation;
  • monitoring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
  • wastewater reuse, providing high quality treated effluent for use in agriculture, irrigation, landscaping, and „greening‟ initiatives where there is water scarcity, such as the Middle East;
  • beverage wastewater from brewers and drink manufacturers;
  • food processing wastewater, for example effluent from an abattoir or confectionary plant; and leachate wastewater from landfill sites.

HYBACS is also able to treat efficiently a much wider range of organic industrial wastewaters, including highly concentrated livestock wastewater and the effluent from, among others, textile manufacturers, hospitals and factories.

The HYBACS system is applicable to new and existing works, over a wide range of scale, and has been proven commercially in over 25 applications.

The HYBACS process deploys a different biological approach to any commercially established wastewater treatment process. Through its design and operation, HYBACS biologically selects a particular group of bacteria capable, when stimulated, of giving particularly high yields of different enzymes which are the work horses of wastewater treatment. This forms the foundation of the HYBACS process‟s ability to deliver wastewater treatment with superior performance over competing technologies in a number of key areas.

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Further information on Professor Tom Stephenson

Professor Stephenson is Head of School Applied Sciences at Cranfield University, a member of the University Executive reporting to the Vice-Chancellor. He leads the School‟s activities that embrace the key areas of manufacturing, materials, natural resources and sustainable systems. He has been responsible for growing the Centre for Water Science to become the UK's largest postgraduate group with over 10 academic staff and over 40 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers making it the UK‟s largest water-focused postgraduate group: pre-eminent in its field of science, engineering and management of water in municipal, industrial and natural environments.

The Centre is now recognised internationally for its research, education, training and consultancy in the areasof treatment technologies, engineering, irrigation, socioeconomics and policy dedicated to the improvement of water quality to protect and enhance the natural, human and industrial environments. 

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