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

SUNDAY, October 29, 2017

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration Open

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Exhibitor Move-in / Poster Set Up
 5:45 pm - 6:45pm Algae Biomass Organization Annual Meeting
 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Algae 101

Whether you are attending for the first time or the 11th,

you will take something valuable away from this industry orientation.  

Perfect for investors, those new to the Summit, or anyone wanting

an inside track to the week's activities and personalities.

You can add this session to your ticket when you register.  


     Matt Carr, Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization


     John Benemann, CEO, MicroBio Engineering

     Jason Quinn, Professor, Colorado State University

     Dave Hazlebeck, CEO, Global Algae Innovations

     Jacques Beaudry-Losique, CBO, Algenol Biotech

     Martin Sabarsky, CEO, Cellana

     Stephen Mayfield, Director, California Center for Algae Biotechnology

     Rebecca White, Vice President, Qualitas Health

Monday, October 30, 2017

7:00 am - 5:30 pm Registration
8:00 am - 8:45 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks


     Moderator: Jason Quinn, Algae Biomass Summit Program Chair


     Ron Sims, Local Host Committee Chair

     Chris Stewart, U.S. Representative, Utah

     Laura Nelson, Exec. Dir., Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development   

     David Hazlebeck, Algae Biomass Organization Board Chair

     Matt Carr, Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization


8:45 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.

     Moderator: Rebecca White, Vice President of Operations, Qualitas Health

     Chris Butt, Principal Scientist, DSM

     Xun Wang, CEO, Triton Algae Innovations

     Miguel Calatayud, CEO, Qualitas Health

     Arun Nair, CEO, AstaReal


10:15 am - 10:30 am

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit

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

11:00 am - 11:30 am

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.

     Moderator: Martin Sabarsky, CEO, Cellana

     Ab Basu, Executive Director, Rural Jobs Coalition

     Ryan Dressler, Vice President, Advantage Capital

     Rep. Scott Sandall, State Representative Utah District 1

     Chris Cassidy, Renewable Energy Advisor, U.S. Department of Agriculture  


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

Concurrent Track Panels


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

     Tryg Lundquist, California Polytechnic State University

     Martin Gross, Gross-Wen Technologies

     Daniel Mohler, University of Kentucky, CAER

     Derek Hess, Colorado State University

     Sandeep Kumar, Old Dominion University


Focus Topic
The Elephant in the Room: Macroalgae!

Macroalgae represent a promising area for the production of biomass.  The Department of Energy is currently investing with the goal of developing transformative technologies to reduce the cost of algal-based production.  This session will overview current technologies, future research projects, and current economics for the production of macroalgae.

     Moderator: Ira Levine, University of Southern Maine

     Marc von Keitz, ARPA-E

    Tollef Olson, Ocean's Balance

     Charles Yarish, University of Connecticut

     Ira Levine, University of Southern Maine

     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



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

     Dries Vandamme, KU Leuven Campus Kulak Belgium

     Michael Guarnieri, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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

     Juergen Polle, Brooklyn College

     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:Megan Olson, Wiley Rein LLP

     Martha Marrapese, Wiley Rein LLP

     Thomas Byrne, Carlson S.V.

     James Drage, Algaculture Project

     Jeremiah Frueauf, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox LLP


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.

     Maira Syed, University of New South Wales

     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.  

     Moderator: Anthony Marchese, Colorado State University

     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, 2017

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:15 am - 6:15 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

Christy Sterner, Bioenergy Technology Office - U.S. Department of Energy


8:30 am - 9:45 am

Plenary Session 3 Panel: Agriculture & Feed

Sustaining the Future of Fish and Animal Feed

Globally we are highly dependent on grains, soy and fishmeal for animal feed. As global population grows and demand for animal protein increases, producing this feed places more pressure on land and marine resources. Developing new sources of animal feed is critical to meet demand while reducing pressure on our planet’s resources. The panel aims to highlight the current and potential adoption of algae ingredients for aquaculture, terrestrial and pet feed.  Algae protein and algae-based marine omega-3s have emerged as scalable and sustainable ingredients for animal feed.

Moderator: Jill Kauffman Johnson,Sustainability & External Affairs, Algae Products, Corbion Biotech, Inc.

Adam Ismail, Executive Director, GOED (Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s)

Xingen Lei, Cornell University

Craig Behnke, VP Research & Development, Sapphire Energy

Vitor Verdelho, President, European Algae Biomass Association 

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



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

     Guido Reinhardt, IFEU-Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Heidelberg

     Imogen Foubert, K.U. Leuven Kulak

     Orri Bjornsson, Algalif

     Dorinde Kleinegris, Uni Research AS


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. 

     Moderator: Michael Wilson, University of Kentucky

     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 - 1:00 pm

Lunch in Exhibit & Poster Hall 

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Concurrent Track Panels



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

     Albert Vitale, Commercial Algae Professionals

     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, Seattle University

     Imogen Foubert, KULeuven University

     Alyssa Aligata, Colorado State University

     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

     Jacques Beaudry-Losique, Algenol Biotech

     Luis Costa, A4F

     Everett Eustance, Arizona State University

     Kyle Poole, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

     John Benemann, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.


2:30 pm - 3:15 pm 

Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall

Young Innovators Lounge In Session

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm 

Concurrent Track Panels



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

     Thinesh Selvaratnam, AzCATI, Arizona State University

     Ian Woertz, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

     Jorijn Janssen, Wageningen University and Research


Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Trailblazers:  Lessons on Bringing New Products to Market

from Algae's Next New Market Mavens

An ever-growing number of algae product innovations - from algae ink and energy bars to sustainable sneakers and do-it-at-home grow kits -- is generating buzz for the potential to transform markets -- and the world around us.  Hear from some of the sector's most exciting start-ups on what to expect when taking new products to market -- and how to succeed in so doing.  

     Ryan Hunt, ALGIX

     Sean Raspet, Nonfood

     Alvyn Severien, Algama Foods

     Mitsuru Izumo, euglena


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


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.  

     Moderator:  Ron Sims, Utah State University

     Frederique Belanger-Lepine, University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres

     Luisa Corredor Arias, Montana State University

     Kirsten Sims, WesTech Engineering, Inc.

     Jonathan Wood, Utah State University

     Ron Sims, Utah State University


4:45 pm - 6:00 pm Champagne Reception / Poster Session #2
5:15 pm - 6:45 pm VIP Event

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 1, 2017

7:00 am - 11:00 am Registration Open
7:30 am - 10:15 am

Exhibit & Poster Hall Open

7:15 am - 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit and Poster Hall

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Concurrent Track Panels



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

     Moderator:  Albert Vitale, Commercial Algae Professionals

     David Hazlebeck, Global Algae Innovations

     John Benemann, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

     Dave Meyer, LanzaTech

     Eric Moellering, Synthetic Genomics


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, Queen's University

     Juchao Yan, Eastern New Mexico University

     Ruth Spierling, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

     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

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Plenary Session 4 Nutrient Recycling



Rob Teegarden, Vice President, Orlando Utilities Commission

Monetize carbon, nitrogen and other nutrients from waste streams.


Mark Edwards, Co-Founder, Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance

The looming phosphorus crisis and the opportunities it presents.


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.  

     Moderator:  Mark Allen, Accelergy

     Rob Teegarden, Vice President, Orlando Utilities Commission

     Mark Edwards, Co-Founder, Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance

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

     Matt Lucas, Associate Director, Center for Carbon Removal


 12:15 pm  2017 Algae Biomass Summit Adjourns 
 12:45 pm - 1:10 pm  Algae Tour Bus Loading at South Porte Cochere 
 1:15 p.m. - 6:15 pm

 Utah Algae Technology Tour

An exciting tour of regional algae technology deployments and research.  This is your chance to interact directly with the engineers and scientists making real-world algae applications possible, view technologies up close, and network with fellow Summit attendees.  Remember to add this tour to your ticket when you register.                      

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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