Dr. Miguel Olaizola brings 30 yrs. of international algal research and production experience having worked with algae in Germany, Italy, Japan and multiple locations in the US. He has launched commercial products, published in the peer-reviewed literature and directed start-up operations for several companies.
Miguel started his algae career as a graduate student at Stony Brook University while conducting research on algal physiology at the Oceanic Institute in Hawaii and Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. He then moved to Italy to work for the European Commission for 2 years on remote sensing of algal productivity parameters. Later, he worked at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, CA before moving to Kona, HI to commercially produce astaxanthin from Haematococcus. Since then he has worked with multiple companies (Greenfuel Inc. of Cambridge, MA; Sapphire Energy Inc. of San Diego, CA; Synthetic Genomics Inc. of La Jolla, CA) to develop algal production systems for use in biofuel production, CO2 sequestration and production of high value products, including those derived from GM algae. At present, Miguel directs Heliae Development’s efforts in producing GM algae in Gilbert, AZ, as well as directing the company’s startup efforts of their test facility in Saga, Japan.