Algae Biomass Organization Announces 2013-2015 Board of Directors

Diverse group from across industry’s value chain represents algae production, end-users and professional services

MINNEAPOLIS–May 14, 2013 – The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the U.S. algae industry, today announced the election of seven members to its Board of Directors for the 2013-2015 term. The new and re-elected board members join eight others that are already serving terms on the board.

ABO’s board guides the organization in its mission to educate the general public, policymakers and industry about the benefits of algae to address energy security, food production and sustainability, and to advocate for policies that can accelerate the development of commercial markets for products made from algae.

ABO’s board is comprised of representatives from multiple sectors of an industry that is seeing more investment as well as the commissioning of several large-scale demonstration projects across the country. Board members come from industry sectors that include academia, professional services, producers, technology suppliers, project developers and end-users. The newly elected board members are:

  • Tim Burns – BioProcess Algae
  • Jose Olivares – Los Alamos National Laboratories
  • Todd Taylor – Fredrikson & Byron

Four board members were re-elected to a new two-year term:

  • David Hazlebeck – General Atomics
  • Margaret McCormick – Matrix Genetics
  • Paul Woods – Algenol Biofuels
  • Tim Zenk – Sapphire Energy

These new and re-elected board members join ABO’s current board members:

  • Mark Allen – Accelergy Corporation
  • John Benemann – MicroBio Engineering, Inc.
  • Tom Byrne – Byrne & Company, Ltd.
  • Bill Glover – Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Greg Mitchell – Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Joel Murdock – FedEx Express
  • Philip Pienkos – National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Jim Rekoske – Honeywell/UOP

“ABO’s board of directors sets the organization’s agenda and plays an integral role in moving the algae industry forward,” said Mary Rosenthal, Executive Director of the Algae Biomass Organization. “I’m glad to see representatives participating from every facet of our industry; from those providing the technical research to those operating large demonstration facilities, to the end-users that have an interest in renewable fuels and other products derived from algae.”

In addition to education and outreach efforts with policymakers, ABO produces and hosts the industry’s premier global conference, the Algae Biomass Summit, which this year will be held in Orlando, Florida, September 30-October 3rd.

About the Algae Biomass Organization

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a 501 c(6) non-profit whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae. 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:

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