Algae Biomass Organization and Japanese Algae Industry Incubation Consortium Announce International Cooperation

Algae Biomass Organization and Japanese Algae Industry Incubation Consortium 
Announce International Cooperation 
International Symposium on Algal Biomass Brings Together Industry
Leaders From US, Japan and Around the Globe 
TOKYO, JAPAN -- (Marketwired) -- 09/04/13 --   The Algae Biomass
Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, and
the Algae Industry Incubation Consortium, Japan (AIIC), a group
working to commercialize algae biofuels in Japan, announced today a
cooperative effort to share algae industry best practices and
expertise that is commencing at the International Symposium on Algal
Biomass being held September 5-6 at the Nomura Conference Plaza
Nihonbashi in Tokyo, Japan. 
The AIIC contacted ABO for assistance in bringing together global
algae expertise as part of the government of Japan's efforts to
diversify the country's energy base. ABO's membership includes some
of the most sophisticated algae companies in the world, and the US
has become the global leader in the industry thanks to the
cooperative efforts of entrepreneurs, scientists and several
successful public-private partnerships that are making commercial
algae production a reality. 
"ABO and its members are honored to help the AIIC assemble an
international community of experts to share knowledge about algae's
potential as a renewable source of energy," said Mary Rosenthal,
ABO's executive director. "The high yields of algae and the ability
to grow in saltwater with minimal impacts on agricultural land make
algae-derived biofuels and other products attractive for any nation
interested in sustainable sources of energy." 
ABO assisted the AIIC by facilitating contacts with global algae
industry leaders, federal agencies and the research community. Some
of the US-based algae industry experts that will be presenting at the
symposium include:  

--  Mark Allen, VP of Integrated Carbon Solutions at Accelergy Corporation
--  Craig Behnke, Senior Director of Cultivation, Sapphire Energy, Inc.
--  Christopher Cassidy of the US Department of Agriculture
--  Daniel Fishman of the Bioenergy Technologies Office at the US
    Department of Energy
--  Stephen Mayfield, Director of the San Diego Center for Algae
    Biotechnology at the University of California, San Diego
--  Philip Pienkos, Applied Science Principal Group Manager at the
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory
--  Joelle Simonpietri of the US Pacific Command
--  Emilie Slaby, Market Manager of Natural and Organic Protein Products
    at The Scoular Company
--  Fred Tennant, Director of Business Development at Heliae Development,
--  Joseph Zwillinger, Manager of Business Development at Solazyme, Inc.

"The AIIC is grateful for the cooperation of the Algae Biomass
Organization and the international algae community," said Isao Inouye
of the University of Tsukuba and Board Chairman of AIIC. "Japan's
energy goals and technical expertise can play a positive role in
accelerating the commercialization of algae cultivation technologies
that can provide sustainable fuels, chemicals and other products. We
are looking forward to a productive partnership." 
A full description of the event and current agenda can be found at: 
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: 
Nate Kommers
Scoville Public Relations for ABO
206-625-0075 x2 
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