The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) recognized the winners of the 2023 Algae Industry Awards earlier this month at the 2023 Algae Biomass Summit. Jon Kallen, ABO’s executive director, presented the awards to the outstanding leaders, companies and innovations that are at the forefront of efforts to develop new technologies and commercial markets for sustainable products derived from algae and seaweed.
The Algae Industry Awards recognize excellence in several categories. The 2023 winners include:
Champions of Algae Award – Shawn Starkenburg, Group Leader – Genomics and Bioanalytics, Los Alamos National Laboratory, for his contributions to science, mentorship and collaboration that have been invaluable to countless individuals and organizations devoted to harnessing the potential of algae.
Unsung Hero Award – Jen Johansen, VP of Quality, Regulatory & Government Affairs, Cyanotech Corporation, for her contributions to the algae and seaweed community that have made us stronger and more prepared to deliver a sustainable future than ever before.
Project of the Year Award – the CLEARAS EcoRecover system at the wastewater treatment plant for the city of Waupun, Wisconsin, that is using advanced algae cultivation technologies to treat water, reduce carbon emissions and provide a sustainable feedstock for eco-friendly product development.
Product of the Year – Sophie’s BioNutrients, for the company’s algae-derived protein flours that are produced with an unmatched sustainability profile.
“Each of these leaders have made invaluable contributions to an industry that is beginning to deliver products and services suited for a future that will demand a higher degree of sustainability and performance than ever before,” said Kallen. “They deserve congratulations for their vision, commitment and perseverance.”
About the Algae Biomass Organization
The Algae Biomass Organization is the non-profit trade association and unified voice of the algae industry. Working on behalf of all sectors, the ABO advocates for algae-advancing policy and funding, serves as a hub for innovation and networking, and drives demand for “made with algae” products and services.
The annual Algae Biomass Summit, ABO’s signature event, is the largest global gathering of algae producers, researchers, investors, suppliers, policy makers, and other stakeholders.
Founded in 2008, the ABO is led by a Board of Directors representative of the industry’s value chain. Together, with the broader membership, they strive to deliver on the shared mission to promote and accelerate the power of algae to create a step-change in the health and well-being of humanity and the environment. More information is at: www.algaebiomass.org.