AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy CEO James Levine

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy CEO James Levine

James “Jamie” Levine took over the reigns at Sapphire Energy in July of this year as former President and CEO Cynthia “CJ” Warner stepped down, retaining her role as chairman of the company’s board of directors…

AIM Interview: Matthew Carr, ABO Executive Director

AIM Interview: Matthew Carr, ABO Executive Director

Matthew Carr was recently named executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the leading trade association for the algae industry. His presence will soon become familiar to the industry when…

AIM Interview: Scripps’ Dr. Mark Hildebrand

AIM Interview: Scripps’ Dr. Mark Hildebrand

A new report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked 28 Algae Technology Area projects. Dr. Mark Hildebrand and his team at Scripps Institution…

AIM Interview: Jose Sanchez Piña

AIM Interview: Jose Sanchez Piña

Currently Vice President of QA & Services at OriginOil Inc., Jose Sanchez Piña is a veteran in the design and field operation of open pond, photobioreactor and dark-growth algae production systems, as well as an experienced executive in product and…

AIM Interview: Heliae’s Dan Simon

AIM Interview: Heliae’s Dan Simon

Every year about this time we like to check in with Heliae’s Dan Simon, the highly motivated President and CEO in the driver’s seat of one of the most fascinating and exciting businesses in the algae arena. His disruptive technology organization…

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CJ Warner

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CJ Warner

On the day the U.S. government shut down, Sapphire Energy’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Tim Zenk, was contemplating what to do, since several of the people on his upcoming ABS panel…

AIM Interview: Dr. Ike Levine on launching the Algae Foundation

AIM Interview: Dr. Ike Levine on launching the Algae Foundation

Dr. Ira “Ike” Levine is a tenured professor of Natural and Applied Science at the University of Southern Maine. No stranger to algae, he brings 25+ years of applied algal farming, cultivar enhancement…

A.I.M. Interview: Sara Volz

A.I.M. Interview: Sara Volz

Sara, we’ve got to hand it to you. A lot of students make it all the way through college without much of an idea about what they plan to do afterwards. You, on the other hand, seem to have had a pretty clear idea from an early age….

A.I.M. Interview: NAABB’s José Olivares

A.I.M. Interview: NAABB’s José Olivares

José Olivares is a busy man. Not only the founder and kingpin of the NAABB 3-year DOE-backed consortium to ring out the potential of algal biofuel production, he also recently served as conference chair for…

AIM Interview: Fermentalg’s CEO Pierre Calleja

AIM Interview: Fermentalg’s CEO Pierre Calleja

Founded in 2009 by Pierre Calleja, Fermentalg is a French-based industrial biotechnology company specializing in the bio-production of chemical compounds from microalgae, for use in everyday…

AIM Interview: Life Technologies’ Farzad Haerizadeh

AIM Interview: Life Technologies’ Farzad Haerizadeh

Synthetic Biology lead R&D specialist at Life Technologies in Carlsbad, California, Dr. Farzad Haerizadeh, along with his team, are developing synthetic biology parts, devices and chassis…

AIM Interview: Dr. Isaac Berzin

AIM Interview: Dr. Isaac Berzin

It was in 2001 when Dr. Isaac Berzin, a PhD Chemical Engineer at MIT’s Center for Space Research, started to question the work of the Department of Energy’s Aquatic Species Program, the first major scientific collaboration looking at creating biofuel from algae…

AIM Interview: Incitor’s Jacob Berman and Troy Lapsys

AIM Interview: Incitor’s Jacob Berman and Troy Lapsys

There is a new process that algae producers can use in the conversion stage to help increase their capacity and add to the bottom line, says Incitor’s VP of Business Development Jacob Berman…

AIM Interview: ASU’s Dr. Milton Sommerfeld

AIM Interview: ASU’s Dr. Milton Sommerfeld

Big algae news in the state of Arizona is the $15 million award by the Department of Energy to Arizona State University to establish a national algae science and technology testbed, dubbed the Algae Testbed…

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CJ Warner and Tim Zenk

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CJ Warner and Tim Zenk

Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm, in Columbus, New Mexico, is the biggest gamble on the table for commercial-scale algae to fuel. With over $300 million in investments and loan guarantees…

AIM Interview: Heliae’s Dan Simon

AIM Interview: Heliae’s Dan Simon

Heliae is the 9th startup for CEO Dan Simon, and the company is finally at his favorite stage. “We are completing our charge through the Valley of Death,” he says. Indeed. In 2012, Heliae grew their team to over…

AIM Interview: Waterwheel Factory’s Bob Vitale

AIM Interview: Waterwheel Factory’s Bob Vitale

About 14 years ago, after a consulting background working with manufacturers on fabrication and processes, Bob Vitale met a man named Robert Hubbs who began mentoring him in the science of making…

AIM Interview: DAO Energy’s David Dubyne

AIM Interview: DAO Energy’s David Dubyne

In 2008 David DuByne helped start and run an algae biodiesel company, Dao Energy, LLC, in Chengdu city of Sichuan Province, in western China. Their concept was to use low cost labor…

AIM Interview: NAABB’s Dr. José Olivares

AIM Interview: NAABB’s Dr. José Olivares

As the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, NAABB, comes to the end of the second year in its three-year lifecycle, it’s looking more and more like Aquatic Species Program: The Next…

AIM Interview: Bioprocess Algae CEO Tim Burns

AIM Interview: Bioprocess Algae CEO Tim Burns

Many eyes are closely watching the development arc at Bioprocess Algae, in Shenandoah, Iowa, for signs that this might be the model for future farming. An algae cultivator with “extreme” co-location advantages…

AIM Interview: Susan Kunz, BioVantage CEO

AIM Interview: Susan Kunz, BioVantage CEO

Susan M. Kunz, President and Chief Executive Officer of BioVantage, describes herself in part as a “startup addict,” this being her fourth company built from the ground up…

AIM interview: Fluid Imaging Technologies’ CEO Kent Peterson

AIM interview: Fluid Imaging Technologies’ CEO Kent Peterson

Kent Peterson, founder and CEO of Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc., has, for the past ten years, watched the algae industry develop through a microscope. His Yarmouth, Maine-based firm builds and markets…

AIM Interview: Heliae CEO Dan Simon—Page 2

AIM Interview: Heliae CEO Dan Simon—Page 2

How did your ethanol perspective play into the new strategy? When I left my previous company I had learned enough about the biofuel industry to base any decision for starting the next company on five…

AIM Interview: Heliae CEO Dan Simon

AIM Interview: Heliae CEO Dan Simon

Nestled in the Phoenix, Arizona suburb of Gilbert—a quickly growing community aspiring to be a magnet for algae businesses—Heliae is beginning to emerge from the shroud of secrecy that has surrounded them…

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