Algae Biomass Summit brings industry and government leaders together to discuss policy, regulation and finance

[USA] The 9th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, taking place in Washington, DC, September 30 – October 2 will bring together leaders from industry, finance and policymakers to discuss the role of policy and regulations facing the algae industry as companies move to commercialization.

“As scientists and entrepreneurs continue to innovate new products that have the potential to upend traditional industries, there’s often a lag between regulations and policies that didn’t — and couldn’t — foresee the innovations,” said Al Darzins, Program Chair for the Algae Biomass Summit. “That’s why it’s critical to bring together industry, finance and government to help find ways to accelerate commercialization through smart and effective regulation and policy.”

A few of the industry leaders sharing their insights at the Summit include:

  • Richard Engler, Bergeson & Campbell
    TSCA Nomenclature and Chemical Identity Issues for Algae-Derived Products
  • Jeremiah Frueauf, Sterne Kessler
    Strategies to Grow and Bloom Your Algae Intellectual Property Portfolio
  • Marlena Hurley, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
    Political Risk Mitigation and Project Finance for Investments in Emerging Markets
  • Michael Lakeman, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    Commercial Airline Industry Global Carbon Mitigation
  • Laurie Purpuro, K&L Gates
    Carbon Utilization Policy Objectives, Achievements, and Developing Opportunities

These speakers will be supplemented by numerous other presentations in the Summit’s Finance & Policy track, as well as more than 100 presentations and posters, which comprise the agenda for the Algae Biomass Summit, the world’s largest conference focused on algae-based technologies.

The Summit comes to Washington, DC at a time when the industry is seeing more algae companies successfully moving their laboratory breakthroughs into the marketplace. Many companies are making new algae-derived products available to consumers or opening large-scale demonstration and pre-commercial facilities, with expectations for expansion in the future.

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the US algae Industry, produces the Algae Biomass Summit. More information about the Summit can be found at


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