Calix awarded Global Connections Fund grant for work on new pathway for treatment of diseases

Sydney, Australia – Calix, a multi-award-winning Australian technology company, has been awarded a Global Connections Fund grant for work on a new pathway for the treatment of diseases. Calix will partner with the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) in Greece to target the development of a non-toxic powder effective against a wide range of pathogens without generating resistance.

The Global Connections Fund forms part of the Australian Government’s Global Innovation Strategy, which seeks to create more jobs and drive Australia’s economic growth by advancing Australian ideas and assisting in the commercialisation process. This program is administered by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering with the support of its expert Academy Fellows network.

A collaboration with Principal Researcher Dr George Karagiannakis at CERTH was established to test whether Calix’s nano-active magnesium oxide (MgO) produced with very high surface area, was a source of reactive oxygen species (ROS).

ROS generation in animals and plants leads to a mechanism considered as the first defence to combat most diseases that originate from pathogenic anaerobic microorganisms. CERTH uses spin-trap electron paramagnetic resonance to quantify ROS.

Dr Mark Sceats, Chief Scientist of Calix and a Fellow of the Academy said, “The results confirmed that Calix’s nano-active MgO is a source of ROS and, furthermore, a higher dose of ROS was generated as the particle was dissolved in weak acids. This implies that direct application could be effective against disease, because acids exuded by the pathogens will trigger a burst of ROS when the particle meets the pathogen.”

Calix has dubbed this mechanism the “ROS bombTM” for pathogen suppression.

The grant will help Calix further investigate this, and then set up a broad Australian-European collaboration with CERTH to explore its use in combating diseases.

Phil Hodgson, CEO, Calix, said, “We live in an era where pathogens are becoming more resistant to our current means of protecting ourselves and our agriculture. There is a demand for products that treat diseases in humans, animals, and plants, bypassing the use of expensive, toxic antibiotics to which many diseases have become resistant. We believe that Calix could have a material and a process that could help solve this global challenge.”

Calix BOOSTER-Mag accepted into Food Innovation Australia Limited’s ‘Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations’ Book

Sydney, Australia – Calix BOOSTER-Mag has been accepted into the third edition of Food Innovation Australia Limited’s (FIAL) book, ‘Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations,’ which showcases 50 diverse innovations that span the entire food value chain.

FIAL is an industry-led, government funded initiative that works to grow Australia’s food and agribusiness industry through innovation and collaboration.

BOOSTER-Mag has been manufactured using Calix’s mineral processing technology, Calix Flash Calcination (CFC), which produces unique, high-activity, and non-toxic minerals that are proving to be bio-active against common plant pests and pathogens.

Phil Hodgson, CEO, Calix, said, “Global concern regarding the adverse environmental, production, and consumer impacts of chemical use in the agronomy sector is driving rapid change. Calix saw an opportunity to apply its CFC technology to pest and disease control in agriculture.

“The ability of bio-active minerals to inhibit common plant diseases and insect pests had already been established and reported. However, high production costs, the inability to manufacture at scale, and health and environmental concerns regarding nano-sized particles had prevented their use in agriculture. Despite these challenges, Calix knew it had the innovation, technological capacity, and scientific knowhow to develop safe and effective bio-active mineral products competitively.”

Following multiple trials in the lab and field, Calix developed BOOSTER-Mag as a low-cost, safe pest and disease control product. An Australian government ‘Accelerating Commercialisation’ grant let Calix undertake independent assessments to validate the product’s safety and effectiveness. The product can easily be applied via conventional farm equipment and, unlike many development products, BOOSTER-Mag can already be manufactured at commercial scale. A clear point of difference to other pest and disease control products is that BOOSTER-Mag’s magnesium base is an important contributor to plant health.

Phil Hodgson said, “BOOSTER-Mag is already being applied at full-farm scale by commercial growers and has the potential to minimise and, in some cases, even eliminate the use of conventional pesticides. It is also demonstrating reduced grower production costs without compromising yield and quality.”

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About Calix

Calix is a multi-award-winning Australia technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.

The core technology is a world-first, patented kiln built in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria that produces mineral honeycomb, which are very highly active minerals.

Calix uses these minerals, which are safe and environmentally friendly, to improve waste water treatment and phosphate removal, help protect sewer assets from corrosion, and help improve food production from aquaculture and agriculture without antibiotics, fungicides, and pesticides.

Calix’s technology has also been adopted overseas, where the company is working with some of the world’s largest companies, governments and research institutions on CO2 capture.

Calix moves forward with IPO to raise A$8 million

Sydney, Australia – Multi-award-winning Australian technology company, Calix, is moving ahead with its initial public offering (IPO) after lodging its Prospectus with the ASIC on June 25, 2018. The Prospectus relates to an IPO of approximately 15.1 million shares by Calix at an offer price of A$0.53 per share, raising gross proceeds of A$8 million with market capitalisation on listing of A$65 million.

At the core of Calix’s business is a world-first, patented, Australian platform technology that reinvents the calcination (kiln) process. Calix has invested more than A$50 million in capital to date to develop and commercialise its technology, together with being awarded in excess of A$36 million in grant funding and rebates.

Calix’s technology produces new materials and processes, targeted at solving significant global challenges such as CO2 capture, waste water treatment and phosphate removal, protecting sewer assets from corrosion, and improving food production from aquaculture and agriculture with reduced anti-biotic, fungicide and pesticide use. Calix commercialises these new materials and processes via a variety of business models including direct sales of products, licensed distributor sales, and licensing of the technology.

Calix’s CEO Phil Hodgson said, “We have made significant commercial progress since bringing our first products to market in 2013 and we have successfully built a global business that is over 20 per cent owned by our staff. We have operations, customers and distribution partners across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe, with product trials starting in the United States.”

Calix decided to list on the ASX to provide funding for its growth strategy including: enhancing the efficiency of its existing production facilities to drive margin expansion; expanding its sales and marketing capabilities to increase revenues and enter new markets; continuing specific R&D projects; providing working capital; providing liquidity for its shares; and gaining the benefits of an increased profile as a listed entity.

In an external market report produced for Calix, global research organisation Frost & Sullivan estimated that the addressable global market opportunity is approximately A$62 billion for Calix’s commercialised product portfolio, approximately A$11 billion for the pre-commercial products, and in excess of A$20 billion for its advanced R&D projects.

While early in its commercialisation strategy, Calix is cash-flow positive and has achieved a compound annual revenue growth for its core products of 41.8 per cent between 2015 and 2017, with revenue growth of 34.2 per cent achieved in the first half of the 2018 financial year (as compared to the first half of the 2017 financial year).

The company also has a development pipeline for additional applications of its technology platform, which are supported by grants in Australia and Europe, including advanced batteries and decarbonisation of lime and cement.

Phil Hodgson said, “As a cash-flow positive business with multiple products and applications being developed across multiple industries, we look forward to using the IPO proceeds to continue and accelerate the commercialisation of Calix’s products and technology platform.”

The IPO is the subject of a prospectus, a copy of which can be obtained via Calix’s website. Eligible investors will need to complete an application form accompanying the prospectus to participate in the IPO, and should consider the prospectus before deciding whether or not to participate in the IPO.

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About Calix

Calix is a multi-award-winning Australian technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.

The core technology is a world-first, patented kiln built in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria that produces mineral honeycomb, which are very highly active minerals.

Calix uses these minerals, which are safe and environmentally friendly, to improve waste water treatment and phosphate removal, help protect sewer assets from corrosion, and help improve food production from aquaculture and agriculture with reduced antibiotic, fungicide, and pesticide use.

Calix’s technology has also been adopted overseas, where the company is working with some of the world’s largest companies, governments and research institutions on CO2 capture.

Calix introduces $1 a day manhole maintenance for local councils

Sydney, Australia – Calix has announced its $1 a day manhole maintenance for local councils to address the need to maintain these assets. Many Australian councils and water utilities recognise corrosion of concrete as a major and expensive wastewater management issue, threatening a growing number of sewer assets.

According to Calix, Australia’s $40 billion of concrete sewage infrastructure, if left untreated, could corrode away in eight years from sulphide attacks as they are highly prone to corrosion.

Phil Hodgson, CEO, Calix, said, “Maintaining assets, such as manholes, is a huge undertaking for local councils. While it may be considered a priority, there is not always the budget to appropriately cover inspections, protective coating, and the administration associated with the asset maintenance. This means that, often, manholes can be left unchecked.

“To address this need, Calix is introducing a new program where we maintain these assets for councils for just $1 a day per manhole for 10 years. This removes the requirement to set aside large budgets upfront for rehabilitation and removes the risk that the manholes deteriorate because there aren’t funds available.”

Calix developed a purpose-built, vehicle-mounted rig that sprays PROTECTA-Mag, a specialised magnesium hydroxide coating product developed by Calix for long-lasting corrosion protection, in sewage manholes. With its vertical spray operation, the assets can be quickly, safely, and cost effectively protected from acid corrosion. Work is carried out without stopping the sewer flow and without the need for confined space entry.

PROTECTA-Mag has already been used to rehabilitate more than 300 corroded manholes across Australia and New Zealand.

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About Calix

Calix is a multi-award-winning Australia technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.

The core technology is a world-first, patented kiln built in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria that produces mineral honeycomb, which are very highly active minerals.

Calix uses these minerals, which are safe and environmentally friendly, to improve waste water treatment and phosphate removal, help protect sewer assets from corrosion, and help improve food production from aquaculture and agriculture without antibiotics, fungicides, and pesticides.

Calix’s technology has also been adopted overseas, where the company is working with some of the world’s largest companies, governments and research institutions on CO2 capture.

Calix enters the race for grid-scale storage batteries

Sydney, Australia – In support of large-scale renewable energy storage, Calix has announced that it will use and adapt its patented Calix Flash Calciner (CFC) Technology for Thermochemical Energy Storage (TCES) under a new three-year project called SOlar Calcium-looping integRAtion for ThermoChemical Energy Storage (SOCRATCES). The project was recently awarded €5m in funding from the EU Horizon 2020 scheme.

The SOCRATCES project, which commenced in January 2018, will develop a TCES prototype plant using CFC technology. Calix is one of 15 participants in the SOCRATCES consortium, led by the University of Seville, that brings together organisations in Spain, Portugal, France, UK, Italy, Greece and Germany.

Phil Hodgson, CEO, Calix, said, “The worldwide transition from fossil-fuel power stations to renewable sources of power generation is occurring rapidly, with large investments in renewable energy delivering impressive results. However, one of the great challenges facing a system with a high share of renewable energy is that supply does not always match demand.

“The inherent variability of large-scale deployment of renewables can be addressed by grid-scale batteries: energy storage systems that supply power when required, and store energy when it is not. Such systems need to be reliable and cost-effective to support the new situation facing electricity grids across the world. Calix’s technology is uniquely placed to provide innovative solutions for energy storage.”

TCES stores energy by using a chemical process, such as using heat to break limestone into lime and CO2, and regenerating the energy later by reversing the process, such as re-combining lime and CO2 to produce heat. The demand for TCES is to balance power grids so that the excess energy production from renewable energy sources, such as solar, can be stored and later released to the grid when required.

The project will demonstrate the use of solar energy to convert limestone into lime and CO2 in a CFC reactor, and then generate power from the heat released by the reverse process. This reaction uses limestone, which is a very common, low-cost mineral, and has close to the highest thermal energy storage capacity known (in GJ/tonne). The application of the CFC to lime and cement is being demonstrated in Calix’s LEILAC project, and the primary task of the consortium is to integrate the CFC reactor into a TCES plant.

A small-scale prototype plant will be built to demonstrate the system in 2019. This will be used to validate this method of energy storage, reduce the core risks, understand and optimise the system, assess the efficiencies that may be obtained at scale, undertake a lifecycle cost analysis, and provide learnings for a rapid scale-up of the technology.

Phil Hodgson said, “Calix’s contribution to TCES should prove to be an economical and reliable method of supporting widespread renewable deployment. Ultimately, it could improve the way we generate, use, and deliver electricity.”

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About Calix

Calix is a multi-award-winning Australia technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.

The core technology is a world-first, patented kiln built in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria that produces mineral honeycomb, which are very highly active minerals.

Calix uses these minerals, which are safe and environmentally friendly, to improve waste water treatment and phosphate removal, help protect sewer assets from corrosion, and help improve food production from aquaculture and agriculture without antibiotics, fungicides, and pesticides.

Calix’s technology has also been adopted overseas, where the company is working with some of the world’s largest companies, governments and research institutions on CO2 capture.

Calix receives Australian Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund award to develop new technology for batteries

Sydney, Australia – Australian technology company, Calix, has announced it is the recipient of an Australian Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund award to produce advanced materials for lithium ion batteries, a major growth market over the coming decades.

Phil Hodgson, CEO, Calix, said, “As the world transitions to renewable energy there will be an increasing demand for efficient, cheap, and high-capacity electricity storage. This means there is a massive global market for batteries that Calix can tap into.

“The Calix Flash Calciner (CFC) technology can be used to make a wide variety of mixed metal oxide materials for advanced manufacturing applications.

“For example, we started with some cheap, agricultural-grade manganese carbonate and, using our CFC technology, created various controlled oxidation states of highly porous manganese oxide, a common lithium battery material.”

The materials were tested by Dr Qilei Song’s research group at the Imperial College in London, and the results reviewed with Australian experts such as Monash University and Deakin University’s BatTRI Hub.

Professor Doug MacFarlane from Monash University said, “Calix’s material appears to have unique properties that we expect should lead to superior battery and supercapacitor performance. These are early days but we are very encouraged by the potential.”

Phil Hodgson said, “The application of Calix’s technology to batteries could be a game-changer in terms of providing a viable, sustainable option that supports the global goal of renewable energy.”

About Calix

Calix is a multi-award-winning Australia technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.

The core technology is a world-first, patented kiln built in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria that produces mineral honeycomb, which are very highly active minerals.

Calix uses these minerals, which are safe and environmentally friendly, to improve waste water treatment and phosphate removal, help protect sewer assets from corrosion, and help improve food production from aquaculture and agriculture without antibiotics, fungicides, and pesticides.

Calix’s technology has also been adopted overseas, where the company is working with some of the world’s largest companies, governments and research institutions on CO2 capture.

Innovative products honoured at The Australian Business Awards 2017

Sydney, Australia – Calix has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2017 for the New Product Innovation Award.

Now in their twelfth year, The Australian Business Awards are an annual all-encompassing awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of comprehensive award categories.

Phil Hodgson, Calix’s CEO, said “The ABA100 Winner in New Product Innovation award reflects once again the company’s development efforts with every one of its products, especially in improving their application.”

The program seeks to engage with the world’s business, innovation and technology leaders through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework.

Since launching AQUA-Cal+, Calix has gained remarkable market knowledge and product development experience via its partners in the Philippines, Malaysia and Hong Kong. More recently, field trials also started in India, the world’s largest shrimp exporter, Indonesia and Thailand. Calix has also presented a paper on our continued success in yield improvement and disease prevention in prawn and shrimp farming at the Asia Pacific Aquaculture Conference (APA17) in Kuala Lumpur this year, attended by about 3,000 participants from 46 countries.

Phil Hodgson, said, “The award recognises Calix’s achievements in the research and development of its aquaculture product AQUA-Cal+. Calix developed AQUA-Cal+ as a safe, environmentally friendly water conditioner to directly address problems associated with intense aquaculture such as disease and pollution, and deliver improved feed performance and yield.”

The unique properties of AQUA-Cal+ arise from the formation and optimisation of reactive superoxide species in our magnesium hydroxide particles, as well as enhanced calcium, from Calix’s unique CFC technology. These special features work with the well-established acid neutralisation and water clarification properties of Magnesium Hydroxide Liquids to provide an enhanced environment for aquaculture.

“Today, companies are facing a competitive and continuously changing business landscape. In this context, the performance of companies depends more than ever on their flexibility, adaptability and responsiveness. New technological possibilities have the potential to transform the way companies operate within their respective industries with long-term gains in efficiency, productivity and customer loyalty,” Australian Business Awards Program Director, Ms Tara Johnston, said.

“Each year the ABA100 Winners are recognised for their commitment to business and product innovation and for their achievements in transforming business practices and end user experiences.

“The Australian Business Awards are proud to acknowledge the role of these leading corporate, government and non-government organisations for implementing innovative, well-managed high-performing business initiatives and for the research and development of their innovative products and services,” Ms Johnston added.

The Australian Business Awards program provides notable opportunities for high-performing organisations which implement world-class business initiatives and develop innovative products and services to be acknowledged and honoured for their achievements both nationally and internationally.

The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards.

Organisational participation includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multi-national subsidiaries, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

For more information on The Australian Business Awards and the 2017 ABA100 Winners go to www.australianbusinessawards.com.au.

About Calix

Calix is a multi-award-winning Australia technology company that is developing new processes and materials to solve global challenges.

The core technology is a world-first, patented “kiln” built in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria that produces “mineral honeycomb” – very highly active minerals!

Calix is using these minerals, which are safe and environmentally friendly, to improve waste water treatment and phosphate removal, help protect sewer assets from corrosion, and help improve food production from aquaculture and agriculture without anti-biotics, fungicides and pesticides.

Calix’s technology has also been adopted overseas, where we are working with some of the world’s largest companies, governments and research institutions on CO2 capture.

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