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National Algae Association Executive Director Named to Top 100 People in
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The poll, conducted by Biofuels Digest, attracted more than 15,000 votes from Digest readers, and more than 400 individuals received votes, including more than 150 write in candidates.  The Top 100 people include representatives from the Department of Energy, the USDA, and universities and companies from around the world.   While flattered to be included in such an influential group, Cohen said "It's not about me - it's about the $700 billion a year leaving the US for foreign oil! This accolade really belongs to the group of algaepreneurs who share my vision of energy independence, and are willing to work tirelessly to help make it happen!" Cohen continued, "This country has already spent billions of dollars on R&D over the last 50 years? and it will continue to fund research and development. But the time has come to move algae technologies out of laboratory settings and into commercial scale production, and to build-out the algae production supply channel.   As an association, we agree that algae will deliver soon because most of the hard science problems regarding algae have been solved, and the NAA Engineering Consortium has developed preliminary design specs for a 100-acre commercial scale algae production facility build-out, identifying and resolving many of the scale-up issues that will be encountered as we move the industry out of the lab and into commercialization.   The proof that it is a possibility is that commercial-scale algae growing, harvesting and extraction equipment have already been built using off-the-shelf, proven technologies. The proof of the heightened level of interest in taking the next step towards building this emerging industry is that close to 3,000 acres of land have been spoken for in the first two weeks of the Algae Production Incubator program we recently launched,? said Cohen, ?and we continue to work towards lowering costs and risks inherent in new industries. It?s estimated to be a $1.4 trillion dollar industry, so there?s plenty of room for everyone. We just need to get it done!?
Wed October 13 2010 07:09:43 PM by Algaepreneur 2241 views

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  • Manohar wrote:
    Wed October 13 2010 10:00:11 PM

    That is great news !
    Congrats !

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  • Aathmika wrote:
    Wed October 13 2010 10:13:29 PM

    Congrats to Barry Cohen !
    While many of us have been following the latest research findings, Barry Cohen pushed forward the move to commercialise and deserves all praise for that. Congrats !

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  • Wed October 13 2010 10:15:45 PM

    Congradulations to National Algae Association Executive Director Barry Cohen.

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  • Wed October 13 2010 10:16:57 PM

    Congrats to Mary Rosenthal too !

    And my congrats to Heather Brodie . Australia .

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  • Wed October 13 2010 10:46:47 PM

    How many among the top 100 are from Algae industry/ algae research/ algae associations/ organisations ?




    1. Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture
    2. Jeff Broin, CEO, POET
    3. Bob Dinneen, President, Renewable Fuels Association
    4. Miguel Soldateli Rossetto, CEO, Petrobras Biocombustiviles
    5. Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme / Harrison Dillon, PhD, CTO
    6. Steven Chu, US Secretary of Energy
    7. Marcos Lutz, CEO, Cosan
    8. Alan Shaw, PhD, CEO, Codexis
    9. Marcos Jank, President, UNICA
    10. Vincent Chornet, CEO, Enerkem / Esteban Chornet, CTO
    11. Steen Riisgaard, CEO / Steen Skjold-J?rgensen, VP for R&D Biofuels, Novozymes
    12. Philip New, CEO, BP Biofuels / Sue Ellerbusch, President, BP Biofuels America
    13. Brent Erickson, VP Industrial Biotechnology, BIO
    14. Jason Pyle, CEO, Sapphire Energy, Cynthia (C.J.) Warner, President
    15. Mike McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association
    16. Vinod Khosla, Managing Partner, Khosla Ventures
    17. Jay Keasling, PhD, Professor, UC Berkeley
    18. Patricia Woertz, CEO, Archer Daniels Midland
    19. John Melo, CEO, Amyris / CTO Neil Renninger
    20. Paul Woods, CEO, Algenol Biofuels
    21. Pat Gruber, PhD, CEO, Gevo / Jack Huttner, EVP Corporate Development and Public Affairs
    22. Bruce Dale, PhD, Michigan State University
    23. Jim Sayre, Senior MD, Cargill Ventures / Ian Purtle, Director of Sustainable Energy
    24. Rich LaDuca, Genecor / Bjarne Adamsen, Danisco
    25. Joe Skurla, CEO, DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol
    26. Rob Vierhout, Secretary General, EBIO
    27. Valerie Reed, DOE Biomass Program / Paul Bryan
    28. Lee Edwards, CEO, Virent / Randy Cortright, PhD, CTO, Virent Energy Systems
    29. Bill Sims, CEO, Joule Unlimited
    30. Collin Peterson, Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, Earl Pomeroy, US House of Representatives
    31. Mary Rosenthal, Exec Director, Algal Biomass Organization
    32. Bill Haywood, CEO, LS9
    33. Chuck Grassley, John Thune, Jeff Bingaman, Tim Johnson, US Senators
    34. Lisa Jackson, US EPA Administrator
    35. Ray Mabus, US Secretary of the Navy
    36. Barry Cohen, Executive Director, National Algae Association
    37. Chris Somerville, PhD, Professor, UC Berkeley Director, EBI
    38. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, Lanzatech / Sean Simpson CTO, founder
    39. Joe Jobe, CEO, National Biodiesel Board
    40. Rich Altman, Exec Director, CAAFI
    41. Wesley Clark, Co-chairman, Growth Energy / Tom Buis, CEO
    42. Jim Stewart, Chairman, Bioenergy Producers Association
    43. Hugh Grant, CEO, Monsanto
    44. Lee Lynd, PhD, Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College
    45. Alwin Kopse, Exec. Director, Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels
    46. Dan Adler, California Clean Energy Fund
    47. Arnold Klann, CEO, Bluefire Ethanol
    48. Nancy Young, VP, Environmental Affairs, Air Transport Association / John Heimlich Chief Economist
    49. Riggs Eckelberry, CEO, OriginOil / Brian Goodall, PhD, CTO
    50. Jose Olivares, PhD, Director, National Alliance For Advanced Biofuels and Bio-Products
    51. Craig Venter, PhD, CEO, Synthetic Genomics / Emil Jacobs, VP R&D, ExxonMobil
    52. Jim Dumesic, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    53. Jim Matheson, General Partner, Flagship Ventures / David Berry, PhD, Partner
    54. Richard Hamilton, CEO, Ceres
    55. John Doerr, Managing Partner, Kleiner Perkins
    56. Steve Burrill, Managing Partner, Burrill & Co / John Hamer, PhD, Managzing Director / Roger Wyse, Managing Director / Greg Young, Managing Director
    57. Bill Roe, CEO, Coskata / Wes Bolsen, CMO Coskata
    58. Doug Cameron, CEO, Alberti Advisors
    59. Tom Foust, PhD, NREL; Director, National Advanced Biofuels Consortium
    60. Al Darzins, PhD, NREL / Philip Pienkos, PhD
    61. Robert Brown, PhD, Professor, Iowa State University
    62. Kristina Burow, Partner, ARCH Venture Partners / Bob Nelsen
    63. Ganesh Kishore, PhD, CEO, Malaysian Life Sciences Fund
    64. Stephen Mayfield, PhD, Professor, UCSD
    65. John McCarthy, CEO, Qteros / Kevin Gray, CTO
    66. Javier Salgado, CEO, Abengoa Bioenergy
    67. Fred Cannon, PhD, CEO, KiOR
    68. Bill Glover, MD, Environmental Strategy Boeing
    69. Tom Baruch, CEO, CMEA
    70. Heather Brodie, CEO, Biofuels Association of Australia
    71. David Aldous, CEO, Range Fuels
    72. Jim Imbler, CEO, ZeaChem
    73. Bryan Willson, CTO Solix / Doug Henson CEO
    74. Bill Brady, CEO, Mascoma
    75. Bill Lese, MD, Braemar Energy Ventures
    76. Rick Wilson, CEO, Cobalt Technologies
    77. Matti Lievonen, CEO, Neste Oil
    78. Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries
    79. Jack Oswald, CEO, SynGest
    80. Bill Hagy, Director, USDA Director of Alternate Energy Policy / Dallas Tonsager, USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development
    81. Lonnie Ingram, PhD, Professor, University of Florida
    82. Sean O?Hanlon, Executive Director, American Biofuels Council
    83. Kirk Haney, CEO, SG Biofuels
    84. Joanne Ivancic, Exec Dir, Advanced Biofuels USA
    85. John Scott, CEO, PetroAlgae
    86. Todd Taylor, Partner, Fredrickson & Byron
    87. Rafaello Garofalo, Secretary General, European Biodiesel Board
    88. Bliss Baker, MD, Global Renewable Fuels Alliance
    89. Tim Cesarak, MD, Organic Growth Group, Waste Management
    90. Philip Wolfe, CEO, UK Renewable Energy Association
    91. Phil Bredesen, Governor of Tennessee / Kelly Tiller, CEO Genera Energy, Tim Rials, University of Tennessee
    92. John Benemann, PhD, CEO, Benemann Associates
    93. Brian Bilbray / Harry Teague / Jay Inslee / Dave Reichart / Mary Bono Mack, US House of Representatives
    94. Bill Holmberg, ACORE Biomass Coordinating Council
    95. Charles Wyman, Professor, UC Riverside
    96. Gary Luce, CEO, Terrabon
    97. David Tilman, PhD, Professor, University of Minnesota
    98. Michael Wang, Argonne National Laboratory
    99. Hunt Ramsbottom, CEO, Rentech
    100. Brian Foody, CEO, Iogen

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  • Arden wrote:
    Thu October 14 2010 05:26:28 AM

    In a list of 100, if John Benemann, PhD, CEO, Benemann Associates, stands at a lowly 92, the list must contain great guys.

    I am still under the impession that John Benemann, PhD, CEO, Benemann Associates, is the grand dad of oil from algae.

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  • Duncan wrote:
    Thu October 14 2010 05:48:03 AM

    There are only 10 that i can identify as people with expertise in algae !

    Considering that algae has the best scope among all biofuels.
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    92. John Benemann, PhD, CEO, Benemann Associates


    51. Craig Venter, PhD, CEO, Synthetic Genomics / Emil Jacobs, VP R&D, ExxonMobil


    49. Riggs Eckelberry, CEO, OriginOil / Brian Goodall, PhD, CTO


    36. Barry Cohen, Executive Director, National Algae Association


    31. Mary Rosenthal, Exec Director, Algal Biomass Organization


    29. Bill Sims, CEO, Joule Unlimited


    20. Paul Woods, CEO, Algenol Biofuels


    17. Jay Keasling, PhD, Professor, UC Berkeley




    14. Jason Pyle, CEO, Sapphire Energy, Cynthia (C.J.) Warner, President.

    5. Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme / Harrison Dillon, PhD, CTO

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    In case any of you are able to locate others in algae, pl do let know.

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  • Shankar wrote:
    Thu October 14 2010 06:39:59 AM

    85. John Scott, CEO, PetroAlgae

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  • Eugenia wrote:
    Thu October 14 2010 10:06:32 AM

    50. Jose Olivares, PhD, Director, National Alliance For Advanced Biofuels and Bio-Products

    60. Al Darzins, PhD, NREL / Philip Pienkos, PhD

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  • Eugenia wrote:
    Thu October 14 2010 10:07:45 AM

    Congrats to Barry Cohen, Mary Rosenthal and others
    including John Bennemen even though he is 90 stances behind what he can be.

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  • Aathmika wrote:
    Thu October 14 2010 11:10:05 PM

    Congrats to Barry Cohen !
    John Benneman time was to open up newer labs or newer ideas and more patents etc., which is what NREL churned out.

    Barry Cohen's accomplishment as i see it is he is setting a trend on commercialisation.

    He is taking the labs to the field. Pilots. and more in the same direction : demo of commercialisation plants.

    I can hear Andres Abraham laughing at the term
    " demo of commercialisation of algae to oil"
    but then that is what Barry Cohen is facilitating.

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  • Veronica wrote:
    Fri October 15 2010 10:27:35 PM

    64. Stephen Mayfield, PhD, Professor, UCSD
    68. Bill Glover, MD, Environmental Strategy Boeing
    70. Heather Brodie, CEO, Biofuels Association of Australia
    73. Bryan Willson, CTO Solix / Doug Henson CEO

    Above are more algae guys to add to the original list started by someone.

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  • Tue October 19 2010 03:25:37 PM

    Add two more.
    86. Todd Taylor, Partner, Fredrickson & Byron
    87. Rafaello Garofalo, Secretary General, European Biodiesel Board

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