UCSD’s GE Algae Test

Scientists at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy have successfully completed the first outdoor field trial sanctioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for genetically engineered algae. In a series of experiments funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the researchers tested…

Genetically engineered algae that can thrive outdoors

Marlene Cimons, nexusmedianews.com reports that researchers at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy have successfully grown a genetically engineered strain of algae outdoors for the first time. Importantly, the modified strain doesn’t hurt native algae populations. Their work appears in a new study…

Dr. Mayfield on Biofuels

Kate Sequeira produced this video interview with UCSD biology professor Stephen Mayfield for the San Diego Union Tribune. Dr. Mayfield has spent the past 25 years experimenting with algae, and now focuses on extracting crude oil from green algae to create biofuel. “When petroleum’s expensive, we invest in alternative fuels…

CAB-Comm reports on six years of algal research

The Consortium for Algal Biofuel Commercialization (CAB-Comm), led by the University of California, San Diego, has just released its final report, detailing the many accomplishments and impactful contributions achieved in its six years of operation. CAB-Comm was established in 2010 through a competitive award…

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s Bryn Davis

In January of this year, after six months of plummeting oil prices, Sapphire Energy CEO James E. Levine announced that the company – with eight years and $300+ million of investment into drop-in algal biofuels – “is moving forward with its vision of commercializing its technology through several end markets.” The new…

A.I.M.’s 2014 Year in Review—Part 2

Much of the development of the algae industry in 2014 was driven by domestic and international alliances, partnerships, and mergers that brought complementary skills and technologies together. These collaborations were forged in record numbers in 2014. Some of the more high profile collaborations… [Read the full story]

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

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…

Analysis of algae parasite impact published

As part of an ongoing effort to improve commercial scale algae biofuel production, a group of scientists, led by crude oil producer Sapphire Energy, Inc., has announced the completion of a collaborative study…

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…

Sapphire Announces $144 Million Series C Funding

Sapphire Energy has announced it has secured the final tranche of a $144 million Series C investment funding. The Series C backers include Arrowpoint Partners, Monsanto, and other undisclosed investors…

Sapphire Announces Algal Chloroplast Genome Development

Sapphire Energy, Inc., has announced that Nucleic Acids Research Journal has published its white paper, “An Exogenous Chloroplast Genome for Complex Sequence Manipulation in Algae.” As the site of…

AIM Interview: C.J. Warner and Tim Zenk—Page 2

What from your background in gas and oil applies directly to what’s going on right now at Sapphire? C.J.: Oh boy! I draw from it everyday—from project management and engineering construction…

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy’s C.J. Warner and Tim Zenk

If it seems like there hasn’t been a lot of news lately coming from the algae industry’s largest algae-to-fuel gamble, Sapphire Energy, well, we’re happy to report that it’s not about trouble in paradise…

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CEO Dr. Jason Pyle

Dr. Jason Pyle, the high profile CEO at the even more high profile “green crude” developer, Sapphire Energy, holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Physiology, as well as an M.D., from Stanford University…

A.I.M. Interview: Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell

Their films are kinder and gentler than, say, a Michael Moore-type assault on big beaurocracy’s shell games and bumbling ineptitude. Yet, biofueled filmmakers Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell…

A.I.M. Interview: Algae Genetic Engineer Dr. Stephen Mayfield Part 2

We continue with the conclusion of our interview with Dr. Stephen Mayfield…Do you have a concern about genetic engineering? Is there a dark side that you think has a valid risk…

A.I.M. Interview: Algae Genetic Engineer Dr. Stephen Mayfield

If moving genes around on a chromosome is your idea of a good time, meet Dr. Stephen Mayfield, Director of the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology. A PhD geneticist from UC Berkeley…

A.I.M. Interview: OriginOil’s Brian Goodall

When senior executives move from the petroleum industry into the biofuels sector, there is a certain satisfaction that comes with them into this new field. Their satisfaction, because they are…