2009 Algae Biomass Summit Expecting Record Number of Speakers & Presentations

More than 800 industry experts to attend three-day event designed to encourage knowledge sharing and highlight advances in industry

SEATTLE – September 8, 2009 – The 2009 Algae Biomass Summit, the official conference of the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) and the algae industry’s premier global conference, announced today it is expecting to draw more than 800 attendees for a three-day event exploring the development of algae-based solutions to global energy, environmental, and economic issues. The third annual summit, which will take place October 7-9, 2009 in San Diego, will also include a record number of more than 70 expert speakers, 70 poster presentations and 25 exhibitors, providing attendees a wide range of information and expertise on the algae industry.

“The quality of speakers and presenters, record number of abstract submissions and high registrations for this year’s Algae Biomass Summit reflects the growing promise of algae as a crucial source for clean and renewable energy,” said Thomas Byrne, Chair of the ABO’s Event Committee and founder of Byrne & Company Ltd. “This conference will be the premier event for the industry and will provide a preeminent platform for cooperation and advancement in algal technology and policy.”

The ABO has posted the final conference agenda, which features dozens of presentations from national and international technologists, producers, scientists, investors, and policy-makers. During the course of the event, these leaders and the hundreds of attendees will discuss issues of critical importance to the emerging algae industry, including the commercial viability of algae production, current government and private initiatives, evolving technologies, processing concepts, and venture and project finance.

Dr. J. Craig Venter, a well-known leader in genomics and the founder of Synthetic Genomics, Inc., will open the summit with his keynote presentation titled “From Reading to Writing the Genetic Code.” Also featured at the summit will be a tribute session to Ralph Lewin, “the father of green algae genetics”, a distinguished scientist, author and professor, who spent nearly 50 years at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

The Algae Biomass Summit’s founding sponsors are Byrne & Co Ltd and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Additional sponsors include FedEx, Raytheon, The Boeing Company, Airbus, Stoel Rives, Invitrogen, and Sapphire Energy.

More information, including registration for the 2009 Summit, is available online: www.algaebiomass.org/events.

About the ABO
The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and advocate for the development of commercially-viable transportation and power generation fuels as well as other non-energy applications for algae biomass. Its membership is comprised of people, companies and organizations across the value chain. More information about ABO, including its leadership, membership, costs, benefits and members and their affiliations, is available at the website:  www.algaebiomass.org.

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