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The Summit's Young Innovators Lounge is an opportunity for those early in their careers or just beginning their journey in the industry to connect with established algae companies and research institutions. 


Young Innovators Lounge logoThe Young Innovators Lounge offers a unique opportunity to connect aspiring students and companies looking for top-notch talent. 


During each of the Energy Breakout Sessions, the Young Innovators Lounge hosts leaders from both industry and academia for round table discussions to chat about the latest research and provide helpful industry insights from their wealth of experience.

Come by to join discussion, review resumes, and connect with the brightest upcoming algae industry players!

With over 180 different companies, research labs and other organizations represented at the Algae Biomass Summit there can be no better place to build a network in the algae industry.

See you at the Summit!


We are still planning the 2020 program! In the meantime, feel free to examine the 2019 YIL Schedule:


Tuesday, September 17, 2019


 10:30-11:00 am – National Lab & Industry

  • Lieve Laurens, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • David “D3” Hazlebeck, Business Development & Financial Analyst, Global Algae Innovations, Inc.


3:30-4:00 pm - Academia & Entrepreneurship

  • Schonna Manning, Director of R&D of the UTEX Culture Collection of Algae
  • Thomas Byrne, Tax Manager, CarlsonSV - Project consultant in the Algae industry


Wednesday, September 18, 2019


10:00-10:30 am - Industry & Academia

  • Jill Kauffman Johnson, Head of Global Market Development for Algae Ingredients, Corbion
  • Robin Gerlach, Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Montana State University


2:30-3:00 pm - National Lab & Industry

  • Taraka Dale, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Mike LaMont, Vice President of Operations, Heliae Development LLC.
  • Rebecca White, Senior Scientific Advisor, Qualitas Health and iWi®


Thursday, September 19, 2019


10:15-10:45 am –Entrepreneurship

  • Valerie Harmon, CEO, Harmon Consulting
  • Martin Gross, President, Gross-Wen Technologies



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