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Sunday, Oct 14  |  Monday, Oct 15  |  Tuesday, Oct 16  |  Wednesday, Oct 17  |  

SUNDAY, October 14, 2018

 8:00 am - 6:00 pm


Algae in Texas: In the Lab and on the Beach

Spend the day immersed in the burgeoning Texas algae ecosystem


The day begins with an introduction to the largest algae collection

in the world by experts from the UTEX Culture Collection. 


Visit Texas A&M University's Sea Life Facility for an inside look

at the algae research program and the rich biodiversity and

exceptional seafood production of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.


Learn about one of the world's largest macroalgae phenomena and

the role of sargassum in the region's ecosystem and economy.


Remember to add this tour to your ticket when you register. 


12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration Open

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Exhibitor Move-in / Poster Set Up
 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm


Algae Biomass Organization Annual Member Meeting


 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Algae 101

An Introduction to Algae for Commercial Applications


Meet with the scientific and commercial leaders that are turning algae

into a game-changing technology.  Hear from insiders that are using algae

to revolutionize food, nutrition, water treatment, advanced materials, 

energy and many other markets.  Learn how algae cultivation 

techniques can meet new standards for sustainability, performance,

and the bottom line.


Special Welcome

   Matt Carr, Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization

       Markets That are Ripe for an Algae Takeover


   John Benemann, CEO, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.


The Best of the Week Ahead

   Robin Gerlach, Professor, Montana State University, & Summit Program Chair


Meet the Algae Elite - Top Industry Executives in an Interactive Forum

   Dave Hazlebeck, CEO, Global Algae Innovations

   Jacques Beaudry-Losique, Chief Business Officer, Algenol Biotech

   Stephen Mayfield, Director, California Center for Algae Biotechnology

   Rebecca White, Vice President, Qualitas Health


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

Monday, October 15, 2018

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

Welcome and Opening Remarks


   Robin Gerlach, Algae Biomass Summit Program Chair

   Rebecca White, Local Host Committee Chair

   Mark Allen, Algae Biomass Organization Board Chair

   Matt Carr, Algae Biomass Organization Executive Director


 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Keynote Presentations

   Elliot Roth, CEO, Spira


8:45 am - 10:15 am

Plenary Session Panel 1 

The Future of Algae for Food and Feed:  Can Algae Ingredients Break Through?


   Moderator:  Jill Kauffman Johnson, Corbion

   Miguel Calatayud, CEO, Qualitas Health

   Beau Perry, CEO, Blue Evolution

   Peter Bergstrom, International Business Manager, ADM Animal Nutrition

   Umasudhan C.P., CEO, Valensa

   Alvyn Severien, CEO, Algama


10:15 am - 10:30 am

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the 2018 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: Progress and Milestones

Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) and the Algae Academy's Algal-based K-12 STEM Initiative


   Ira Levine, Algae Foundation President & Board Chair


11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Plenary Session Panel 2

Pivotal Moments: How Innovation and Adaptation Are Shaping the 21st Century Algae Industry


   Mawae Morton, CEO, Cyanotech

   Lee Crockett, Division Manager of Sales & Marketing, DIC/Earthrise     


   Mike LaMont, Vice President of Operations, Heliae Development

   Valerie Harmon, CEO, Harmon Consulting

   Vitor Verdelho Vieira, President, European Algae Biomass Association


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

Breakout Session 1 - Concurrent Track Panels



Strain Discovery and Development - How to Get the Best Strains for Production of Fuels and Commodities

Discovery and development of new strains are still essential elements to increase productivities. Presentations will touch on topics from strain discovery, to non-GMO improvements, to genetic engineering.


   Moderator: Amanda Barry, DOE/BETO

   Joseph Weissman, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering

   Sangeeta Negi, New Mexico Consortium

   Eric Knoshaug, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

   Frank Uliczka-Opitz, Algenol Biofuels Germany GmbH

   Aubrey Davis, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.


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

   Josee Bouchard, Algenol Biotech

   Philip Pienkos, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

   Ahmet Yener Manisali, University of South Florida

   Jason Quinn, Colorado State University

   Shawn Starkenburg, Los Alamos National Laboratory


Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Policy, Finance, Education and Risk Assessment

This session will cover a broad range of topics including environmental risk assessment, funding outlook, research tax credits, changes in EPA regulatory framework, and education.   


   Moderator: Lanny Miller, Algenol Biotech

   Gwendolyn McClung EPA

   James Drage, Algaculture Project

   David Ramjohn, AlgEternal Technologies

   Jenna Bloxom, Colorado State University


Products and Markets

Macroalgae:  From Sea to Supermarket - Finding a Route from Research to Consumers


   Moderator: Chad Haynes, Booz Allen Hamilton & DOE ARPA-E Tech SETA

   Song Gao, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

   Charles Yarish, University of Connecticut

   Beau Perry, Blue Evolution

   Pi Nyvall Collen, Olmix Group

   Franklin Evans, Acadian Seaplants


3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall

Young Innovators Lounge In Session


 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Open Dialogue:

Shared Challenges and Collaborative Solutions in Macro and Micro Algae

An important conversation on finding a common policy agenda and identifying opportunities for collaboration and shared advocacy.  


To attend the dialogue, you must RSVP to 


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Breakout Session 2 - Concurrent Track Panels



Leveraging Omics Technologies for Species Domestication - Understanding Algae at the Systems Level to Drive Innovation

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 a variety of potential production species. Talks will present results from genome mining and strain comparisons.


   Moderator: Juergen Polle, Brooklyn College

   Runqing Yang, South China University of Technology

   Blake Hovde, Los Alamos National Laboratory

   Zaid McKie-Krisberg, Brooklyn College of CUNY

   Erik Hanschen, Los Alamos National Laboratory

   Amanda Barry, Los Alamos National Laboratory


Engineering & Analysis

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: Sridhar Viamajala, The University of Toledo

   John Benemann, MicroBio Engineering

   Michael Wilson, University of Kentucky - Center for Applied Energy Research

   Braden Beckstrom, Colorado State University

   Everett Eustance, Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology

   Sridhar Viamajala, The University of Toledo


Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Advancements in Photobioreactors

Photobioreactors represent promising growth systems for microalgae.  This session will present advancements in PBR growth systems, impact on operations, and economics of pond vs photobioreactor systems at large scale.


   Moderator: Lou Brown, Synthetic Genomics

   Fritz Wintersteller, SCHOTT AG

   Eugene Roebroeck, LGem

   Lanny Miller, Algenol Biotech

   Ron Chance, Algenol Biotech

   Michael Wilson, University of Kentucky-Center for Applied Energy Research


Products and Markets

Trailblazers: Algae Innovators Making Waves in Food and Health


   Moderator: Ben Kelly, Algarithm

   Ben Kelly, Algarithm

   Emily Pankow Fritz, Kemin

   Philip Bromley, Virun

   Simon Itsygin, Czar Salt 


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Grand Opening Reception / Poster Session #1

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

Keynote Presentations


8:30 am - 9:45 am

Plenary Session Panel 3

Making the Case: The Who, What, When, Where and How of a Compelling Case for Algae


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

   John Williams, Scoville PR

   Ben Kellogg, Founder, BWK New York

   Jill Kauffman Johnson, Corbion

   Philip Henson, Vice President-Creative Director, Something Massive          



9:45 am - 10:30 am 

Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall

Young Innovators Lounge In Session

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Session 3 - Concurrent Track Panels



Crop Protection - Detection and Mitigation of Pathogens

Crop protection is an important aspect of algae cultivation; more and more results of studies and efforts are being publicly shared. Talks will cover topics such as strategies to detect contaminations, prevent crashes, and understand culture ecology.


   Moderator: Todd Lane, Sandia National Laboratories

   Todd Lane, Sandia National Laboratories

   Kunal Poorey, Sandia National Laboratory

   Thomas Dempster, Arizona State University

   Ryan Simkovsky, University of California, San Diego

   Carolyn Fisher, Sandia National Laboratories


 Engineering & Analysis

Multi-disciplinary Advances in Algae Culturing and Dewatering

Reducing the cost of producing dry algae will expand the number of economically viable algae-based products and services. This session discusses a number of possibilities for improving the efficiency of the growth and dewatering processes through novel engineering designs and integration with other industrial processes.


   Moderator: Ashok Damle, TechVerse, Inc.

   Carlos Quiroz-Arita, Colorado State University

   Carlise Sorenson, University of Minnesota

   Masatoshi Kishi, Soka University

   Kyle Poole, MicroBio Engineering, Inc.

   Nickolas Avila, Montana State University


Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Algae Applications in Water Treatment and Nutrient Recovery: Finding Downstream Markets

From high value niche markets to commodities algae can do it.  Learn about new ideas and strategies for new markets in algae.


   Moderator:  Albert Vitale, Commercial Algae Management

   Kelvin Okamoto, Gen3 Bio

   Martin Gross, Gross-Wen Technologies

   Mohamed Ashour, National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries

   John Thee, Clearas Water Recovery

   Ian Woertz, MicroBio Engineering


Products and Markets

Algae for Animals: Feed Applications Go Global


   Bernie Hansen, GreatO Feed

   Tryon Wickersham, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

   Richard TenEyck, AAFCO

   Pallab Sarker, Dartmouth College


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch in Exhibit & Poster Hall 


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Breakout Session 4 - Concurrent Track Panels



Wastewater and Polycultures – Optimizing Productivity through Diversity

Wastewater treatment as well as nutrient and water recycling are important aspects in sustainable algae culturing for both biological and economic reasons.  This session emphasizes research that evaluates the impact of a variety of water and nutrient sources on algal biology, including data from polyculture and monoculture systems.


   Moderator:  John Benemann, MicroBio Engineering

   Jeffrey Lodge, Rochester Institute of Technology

   Stephanie Schramm, University of Illinois

   Matthew Jackson, Montana State University

   Scott Edmundson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

   Robin Gerlach, Montana State 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: Sandeep Kumar, Old Dominion University

   Ronald Halim, The University of Melbourne

   Michael Kempkes, Diversified Technologies

   Laura Soto Sierra, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

   Hunter Cuchiaro, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

   Katherine DeRose, Colorado State University


Commercialization, Finance & Policy

What Can’t Algae Do? New Markets 

From high value niche markets to commodities algae can do it.  Learn about new ideas and strategies for new markets in algae.


   Moderator:Ron Chance, Algenol

   Thomas Byrne, CarlsonSV

   Jesse Traller, Global Algae Innovations

   Hywel Griffiths, Fermentalg

   Scott Fulbright, Living Ink Technologies   

   Robert Henrikson, Smart Microfarms



Products and Markets

Algae: Soil Savior? Terrestrial Applications for Algae Biomass


   Edgard Jauregui, Heliae Development

   David Ramjohn, AlgEternal

   Ben Cloud, BEEM Biologics

   Stephen Gomez, Santa Fe Community College


2:30 pm - 3:15 pm 

Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall

Young Innovators Lounge In Session

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm 

Breakout Session 5 - Concurrent Track Panels



Novel Products from Microalgae: Making the Most of Biology

A limited number of large-scale production microalgae exist. Presentations in this session will cover novel isolates and strain improvements as well as the engineering of potential platform species for generation of novel products.


   Moderator: Rob Gardner, University of Minnesota

   Jun Cheng, Zhejiang University

   Patricia Harvey, University of Greenwich

   Mitsuteru Ishiwara, DIC

   Joseph Msanne, New Mexico Consortium

   Ryan Davis, Sandia National Laboratory


Engineering & Analysis

Cultivation Practice Makes Perfect 1: Updates from Testbeds and Consortia

Algae technologies are advancing thanks to federal research support and research partnerships with the private sector, which are instrumental in building interest in algae. This session presents updates from high profile federal investments in algae R&D, as well as testbed implementations. Research topics presented focus mostly on advances in algae cultivation.


   Moderator: Lieve Laurens, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

   Michael Huesemann, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories

   John McGowen, Arizona State University

   Albert Vitale, Commercial Algae Management

   Choul-Gyun Lee, Inha University

   Lieve Laurens, National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Industry Updates: Life Beyond the Test Tube

Learn from leaders in the industry what’s new and what’s happening next.  


   Moderator: Ian Woertz, MicroBio Engineering 

   Robert Teegarden, Orlando Utilities Commission

   Rodney Corpuz, Global Algae Innovations

   Rebecca White, Qualitas Health

   Jeremy Weir, Commercial Algae Management

   Haydar Al Sahtout, Saudi Aquaculture Society


Products and Markets

Algae, Recycled Carbon and ADvanced Biofuels: Prospects for 2020 and Beyond


   Moderator: Alison Goss Eng, U.S. Department of Energy

   Alison Goss Eng, U.S. Department of Energy

   Mike Kerby, ExxonMobil

   Yasushi Hashimoto, IHI Corporation

   Laurel Harmon, LanzaTech



4:45 pm - 6:00 pm Happy Hour Reception / Poster Session #2

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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 - 8:30 am


Keynote Presentations

   David Babson, Senior Advisor, Office of the Chief Scientist, U.S. Department            of Agriculture   

  Matt Lucas, Center for Carbon Removal / Director, Carbontech Labs 


8:30 am - 9:45 am

Plenary Session Panel 4

CarbonTech and the New Carbon Economy

The New Carbon Economy consumes carbon emissions as a resource while reducing the carbon footprint of industries large and small.  This panel will discuss various aspects of the New Carbon Economy, including research, commercialization, investment, deployment, and policy.  


   Moderator:  Mark Allen, Accelergy Corporation

   Matt Lucas, Center for Carbon Removal / Director, Carbontech Labs

   David Babson, Senior Advisor, Office of the Chief Scientist, U.S. Department            of Agriculture

   Laurel Harmon, LanzaTech

   Alex Rozenfeld, Managing Director and Partner, Climate Impact Capital


9:45 am - 10:15 am  Awards Presentations and Announcements
10:15 am-10:45 am 

Energy Break in Exhibit & Poster Hall

Young Innovators Lounge In Session


10:45 am-12:15 pm


Breakout Session 6 - Concurrent Track Panels



Cultivation Practice Makes Perfect 2:Cultivation Strategies Towards Scaling Algae Biomass Production

This session will continue our conversation on the use of a variety of cultivations strategies that could be beneficial to algae scale up, from methods aimed at reducing contamination in mixotrophic cultures to wastewater treatment and the use of algae to recycle CO2 emissions.


   Moderator: Taraka Dale, Los Alamos National Laboratory

   Eneko Ganuza, Heliae Development

   Ruth Spierling, California Polytechnic State University

   Eric Monroe, Sandia National Laboratory

   Wei Liao, Michigan State University

   Rick Johnson, InNow Water and Environmental Services


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) 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: Everett Eustance, Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology

    Ryan Davis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

   Peter Chen, Colorado State University

   David Hazlebeck, Global Algae Innovations

   Sandeep Kumar, Old Dominion University

   Roshni Bahekar, Reliance Industries Limited 


Commercialization, Finance & Policy

Carbon Capture for Algae


   Moderator: Matt Lucas, Center for Carbon Removal - Director, Carbontech       


   Chris Romans, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America

   Greg Fleming, Air Liquide


Products and Markets

That's Made of Algae? The New Wave in Algae Biomaterials


 12:15 pm

 2018 Algae Biomass Summit Adjourns 


 12:45 pm - 5:45 pm


Carbon Capture and Storage Tour: The Petra Nova Power Plant

Visit Petra Nova's coal-fired power plant near Houston, one of the only two power plants in the world that are capturing carbon emissions for beneficial use and sequestration.  View technologies in operation, consult with plant operators and hear what lessons have been learned since the plant began capturing post-combustion CO2 in January 2017. 


Limited space available! 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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