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Sunday, Oct 29  |  Monday, Oct 30  |  Tuesday, Oct 31  |  Wednesday, Nov 1  |  


SUNDAY, October 29

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration Open

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Exhibitor Move-in
 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Algae Biomass Organization Annual Meeting


Monday, October 30

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Opening Plenary Session 1 Keynote

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Plenary Session 1 Panel: Nutrition

The Growing Role of Algae in Health & Nutrition

Whether as a sustainable source of alternative proteins, nutraceuticals and oils, or as a production platform for innovative therapies and new drugs, algae are increasingly being looked to as a key source of health and nutrition solutions for the 21st century.  This panel brings together algae innovators with brand owners - from global nutrition leaders to pioneers in plant-based products -- to discuss opportunities and challenges in bringing algae health solutions to the global market.

     Chris Butt, Principal Scientist, DSM

     Uma Sudhan, CEO, Valensa International

     Xun Wang, CEO, Triton Algae Innovations

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit

10:30 am-11:00 pm Energy Break
Exhibit & Poster Hall Open
Young Innovators Lounge in Session

11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Algae Foundation Report/Technical Standards Update

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Plenary Session Panel 2: Finance

Getting to Scale: Where Will the Future of Algae Tech Investment Come From?

Algae innovation offers solutions in agriculture, health, environment, materials, manufacturing and more.  This diversity is both the industry's strength and its challenge.  Investors from Wall Street to Main Street discuss the investment landscape from ag tech to domestic infrastructure.

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm  Lunch in Exhibit & Poster Hall
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Concurrent Track Panels

 

Biology
Searching for Solutions: Methods for Strain Screening and Characterization
The vast functional diversity of algae has motivated us to screen existing strains to identify better traits for commercial development.  At the same time, it is important to understand how strains behave in engineered cultivation systems.  The presentations in this session will cover new methods for isolating strains with improved performance, as well as evaluating their growth and productivity. This session will present strain selection activities at multiple scales, the impact of leveraging genetics for strain selection, evolutionary approaches, and other analytical techniques.

    Moderator: Kenneth Reardon, Colorado State University

     Taraka Dale, Los Alamos National Laboratory

     Michael Huesemann, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

     Paul Roessler, Algenol Biotech

     Christina Tyler, Los Alamos National Laboratory

     Josh Stepanek, St. Cloud State University

Commercialization, Finance & Policy
Products, Products, Products: Producing and Recovering Nutraceuticals and Other High-valued Nutritional Products
A variety of high valued products are being investigated in the commercial space. This session will present on challenges and advancements not only in production but recovery of Spirulina, Astaxanthin, Polyunsaturated Oils, and Omega-3 oils.

    Moderator: Ian Woertz, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

     Amha Belay, Earthrise Nutritionals

     James Irwin, Algaecan Biotech, Ltd.

     Yubin Zheng, Shandong Jinjing Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

     Rebecca White, Qualitas Health, Inc.

     Thushan Withana-Gamage, POS Bio-Sciences

Engineering & Analysis
Beginning with the End in Mind: How Algae Applications Affect Growth Rates and the Cultivation System Design
As interest in the diverse set of applications for industrial scale algae cultivation increases, more attention is being paid to how these applications influences growth environments. In this session, speakers will address how algae cultivation systems are affected by their focus on production of fertilizer, wastewater treatment and carbon sequestration.

     Moderator: Sandeep Kumar, Old Dominion University

     Ruth Spierling, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

     Daniel Mohler, University of Kentucky, CAER

     Derek Hess, Colorado State University

     Sandeep Kumar, Old Dominioin University

 

Focus Topic
Focus on Macroalgae

     Jason Quinn, Colorado State University

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall

Young Innovators Lounge In Session

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Concurrent Track Panels

 

Biology

Approaches to Identifying and Developing Novel Strains

Strains with improved performance can be isolated from natural environments or developed through cellular engineering.  Presentations in this session will cover the isolation of strains from deserts and high salt environments, the use of synthetic biology to develop new strains, and the use of phylogenetics to evaluate novel strains.

     Moderator: Taraka Dale, Los Alamos National Laboratory

     Michael Sandmann, Institute for Food & Environmental Research e.V.

     Richard Sayre, Los Alamos National Laboratory

 

Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Dollars and Cents: Economic and Policy Changes in Algae

This session will cover a broad range of topics including funding outlook, research tax credits, changes in EPA regulations for genetic organisms, and IP valuation.   The economic viability of algae systems are dependent on advancements in all of these areas

     Moderator: Rebecca White, Qualitas Health, Inc.

     Thomas Byrne, Carlson S.V.

     Jeremiah Frueauf, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox LLP

     Clare Thorp, Biotechnology Innovation Organization     

 

Engineering & Analysis

Leveraging Advances in Computational Modeling to Bend the Algae Cost Curve

The design and operation of algae production systems is benefiting from advances in modeling and less expensive computational power. In this session, speakers will address how computational modeling serves as an important tool in optimizing algae cultivation systems.

     Moderator: Carlos Quiroz-Arita, Colorado State University

     Jeremy Pruvost, AlgoSource Technologies - University of Nantes

     Samuel Compton, Colorado State University

     Neal Adler, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

     Myra Blaylock, Sandia National Laboratory

     Carlos Quiroz-Arita, Colorado State University

 

Focus Topic

Turning One Green Thing into Another: Novel Algae Conversion Techniques at the Interface of Engineering and Commercialization

A critical step in gaining economic value from algae cultivation is conversion to valuable products. There are a broad range of downstream processing techniques available, giving producers options about which products to bring to market, and what engineered processes can be used to get there. This session bridges the gap between engineering and commercialization in a discussion of algae conversion and processing techniques that are compatible with a market-driven product development approach.  

     Eric Monroe, Sandia National Laboratory

     Philip Pienkos, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

     Andre Coleman, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

     Pascale Champagne, Queen's University

     Jessica Tryner, Colorado State University

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Grand Opening Reception / Poster Session #1


Tuesday, October 31

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Exhibit & Poster Hall Open

7:15 am - 8:00 am 

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit & Poster Hall

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Plenary Session 3 Keynote Address

8:30 am - 9:45 am

Plenary Session 3 Panel: Agriculture & Feed

Sustaining the Future of Fish and Animal Feed

Algal omega-3 oils have broken out of the box, and are now being added to the ingredient portfolios of global feed leaders. What is the market opportunity, what are the challenges, and where do algal feed ingredients go from here?  This panel assembles perspectives from the growing list of feed industry players who've invested in algal ingredients for a lively discussion on the future of feed. 

9:45 am - 10:30 am 

Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall

Young Innovators Lounge In Session

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Concurrent Track Panels

 

Biology

Leveraging –Omics Tools to Understand Metabolic Diversity in Algal Systems

Microorganisms are complicated biological factories, but -omics tools offer new ways to understand the physiology, metabolism, and environmental responses of algae and cyanobacteria. Presentations in this session will provide information on new –omics tools and highlight their usefulness for probing algal metabolism.

     Moderator: Michael Guarnieri, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

     Robin Gerlach, Montana State University

     Niu Du, University of California- San Diego

     Aumaya Taleb, University of Nantes, GEPEA Laboratory

     Peter Karp, SRI International

     Kenneth Reardon, Colorado State University

 

Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Across the Pond: Advancements in Europe

Focusing on advancements across the value chain being made in Europe, the session will cover economic challenges, high valued products, and market analysis.

     Moderator:  Rene Wijffels,Wageningen University

     Maria Barbosa, Wageningen University

 

Engineering & Analysis

Making the Most Out of Algae: Advances in Extraction, Processing and Conversion

Alongside the wide range of products that can be produced using algae is an equally varied set of techniques for mechanically and chemically altering algae into commercially viable products. In this session, speakers will address several key advances in the extraction, processing, and conversion of algae. 

     Moderator: Lieve Laurens, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

     Katherine DeRose, Colorado State University

     Michael Kempkes, Diversified Technologies, Inc.

     Andrew Bessette, Old Dominion University

     Xiang Cheng, University of Toronto

     Lieve Laurens, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 

Focus Topic

Beyond Fuels: Opportunities in Agriculture and Chemicals

Algae have the potential to produce chemicals and materials, and to provide solutions to agricultural challenges.  Presentations in this session provide examples of these new opportunities, ranging from high-value products to integrating algae cultivation with agricultural residues. 

     Laura Carney, Heliae

     Adriana Alvarez de la Hoz, University of Minnesota

     Jianping Yu, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

     Gregory Rorrer, Oregon State University

     Peter Lammers, Arizona State University 

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch in Exhibit & Poster Hall / Poster Session #2

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Track Panels

 

Biology

Alternative Culturing Strategies

Productivity is essential for successful algal cultivations.  This session focuses on alternative approaches to achieving high productivity, including polycultures, feeding strategies, and the manipulation of system ecology.

     Moderator: Michael Huesemann, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

     Anthony Siccardi, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

     Ty Samo, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

     Omar Chiriboga, Oregon State University

     Matthew Jackson, Montana State University

     Frederique Belanger-Lepine, Universite Du Quebec, Trois-Rivieres

 

Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Thinking Outside the Pond: Advancements in Photobioreactors

Photobioreactors represent promising growths systems addressing some of the core issues with open systems.  This session will present on advancements in physical growth systems and impact of automation on operations.

     Moderator: Valerie Harmon, Harmon Consulting

     Fritz Wintersteller, SCHOTT Tubing

     Heikki Hyttinen, Subitec GmbH

     Ed Legere, Algenol Biotech

     Eugene Roebroeck, LGem

 

Engineering & Analysis

Water, Water, Everywhere: Novel Approaches for Cost Effective Algae Harvesting and Dewatering

Moving from dilute volumes of algae suspended in water to dried and concentrated algae produce is an energy intensive and economically costly component of microalgae cultivation and processing. In this session, speakers will discuss a range of novel approaches for cost effective harvesting and dewatering of algae.

     Moderator: Jordan Kern, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

     Teodora Shuman, University of Toronto

     Alyssa Aligata, Colorado State University

     Xuezhi Zhang, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

     Ashok Damle, Techverse, Inc.

     Sridhar Viamajala, University of Toledo

 

Focus Topic

Navigating the Dual Role of Carbon as Pollutant and Critical Feedstock

Algal biofuels have tremendous potential as a low-carbon source of transportation fuel. At the same time, the potential for widespread, cost-competitive algae cultivation may be intrinsically limited by a lack of access to concentrated carbon feedstocks. Speakers in this session will discuss the role of algae in mitigating carbon pollution via co-location with power plants and approaches for addressing potential carbon supply bottlenecks in cultivation.  

     Moderator: Babetta Marrone, Los Alamos National Laboratory

     Ron Chance, Algenol Biotech

     Everett Eustance, Arizona State University

     Kyle Poole, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

     John Benemann, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

     Agasteswar Vadlamani, The University of Toledo 

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm 

Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall

Young Innovators Lounge In Session

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

Concurrent Track Panels

 

Biology

Waste Not, Want Not: Impacts of Nutrient Source on Algal Biology

Nutrients are a critical aspect of algal systems for both biological and economic reasons.  This session emphasizes research that evaluates the impact of a variety of nutrient sources on algal biology, including data from small- to large-scale cultivations.

     Moderator: Todd Lane, Sandia National Laboratory

     Todd Pedersen, Montana State University

     Rob Gardner, University of Minnesota

     Ian Woertz, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

     Jorijn Janssen, Wageningen University and Research

 

Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Industry Leaders: Reports from Commercialization’s Front Line – Part 1

 

Engineering & Analysis

Designing Algae Systems that Meet the “Triple Bottom Line”

Taking advantage of algae’s economic and environmental potential requires approaches for measuring and optimizing the design of algae systems as both: 1) a stand-alone industrial processes; and 2) interactive components within larger industrial ecology contexts. In this session, speakers will discuss the application of techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life-cycle assessment (LCA) to measure the sustainability of algae systems in different circumstances.

     Moderator: Jordan Kern, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

     Chih-Ting Kuo, UIUC

     Michael Walsh,Institute for Sustainable Energy, Boston University

     Jennifer Markham, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

     Deborah Sills, Bucknell University

     Jordan Kerns, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Institute for the Environment

      

Focus Topic

Striving to Close the Cycle: Role of Algae in the Fossil Fuel and Mining Industry

The Western U.S. has large reserves of fossil fuels, including coal, oil and gas, as well as large deposits of valuable minerals.  Algae can play a role in both, improved economics and decreased footprint of operations by utilizing low value waste streams for the cultivation and processing of algae.  The presentations in this session will summarize approaches and processes with the potential for value-enhanced operations through the use of algal-based technologies and products.   

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Evening Reception
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm VIP Event


Wednesday, NOVEMBER 1

7:30 am - 11:00 am Registration Open
7:30 am - 10:45 am

Exhibit & Poster Hall Open

7:15 am - 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Concurrent Track Panels

 

Biology

Algae as a Crop: Detection and Mitigation of Pathogens

Culture stability is critical to the integrity of large-scale production of algal biomass.  This session highlights current research on strategies for improving biomass stability, with a focus on identifying and treating non-desirable contaminants.

     Moderator: Rob Gardner, University of Minnesota

     Thomas Dempster, AzCATI-Arizona State University

     Carolyn Fisher, Sandia National Laboratory

     Ryan Simkovsky, University of California, San Diego

     Kunal Poorey, Sandia National Laboratory

     Todd Lane, Sandia National Laboratory

 

Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Industry Leaders: Reports from Commercialization’s Front Lines – Part 2

 

Engineering & Analysis

Waste Not, Want Not: Optimizing the Use of Algae as a Treatment Method for Wastewater

A growing number of municipal and industrial wastewater facilities are taking advantage of the tremendous ‘win-win’ potential for integrating algae cultivation in wastewater treatment systems. Pilot-scale and commercial-scale demonstrations are proving that these systems can be reliable, effective, and economical.  In this session, speakers will discuss ongoing projects that demonstrate the potential for algae cultivation to be paired with wastewater treatment.

     Moderator: Ruth Spierling, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

     Lei Lui, Queens University

     Juchao Yan, Eastern New Mexico University

     Tryg Lundquist, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

     Garrett Pallo, Clearas Water Recovery

     Daniel Johnson, University of Illinois 

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall

Young Innovators Lounge In Session

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Award Presentations
Announcement of the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Plenary Session 4 Nutrient Recycling

Nutrient Recycling: Cashing in on Carbon, Nitrogen and Other Nutrients and Turning Environmental Mitigation into Economic Opportunity 

Recent years have seen a wave of endorsements for algae and other microbial approaches to mitigating industrial carbon emissions; this has taken on a more international flavor following ratification of the Paris Climate accord late in 2016.  More recently domestic wastewater, agriculture, and feedlot operations.  Together with CO2 these nutrients provide all of the ingredients to grow algae and produce a variety of marketable outcomes such as carbon capture and utilization (CCU), feeds, and foods. Representatives from utilities, manufacturing and agriculture discuss challenges and opportunities for applications of algae in nutrient recycling.  

     Dal Wayment, General Manager, South Davis Sewer District (Utah)

 

 12:15 pm 2017 Algae Biomass Summit Adjourns 

Stephen Mayfield, University of California, San Diego

Synthetic Promoters Capable of Driving Robust Nuclear Gene Expression in the Green Alga Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii

Stephen Mayfield, University of California, San Diego

Synthetic Promoters Capable of Driving Robust Nuclear Gene Expression in the Green Alga Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii

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Algae Biomass Summit
October 29 - November 1, 2017
Grand America Hotel - Salt Lake City, Utah

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