Stephen Mayfield: Algae Storyteller

 Seagriculture EU 2024

Those of you who have been following the algae industry for a while are no doubt familiar with Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology at UC San Diego, and CEO of Algenesis Materials, Stephen Mayfield. His scientific achievements, entrepreneurial innovation, and high-level communication skills (not to mention his surfing prowess) have made Steve a leading light in the odyssey that is the developing algae industry.

Steve received BS degrees in Biochemistry and Plant Biology from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, and a PhD in Molecular Genetics from UC Berkeley. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Geneva in Switzerland he returned to California as an assistant professor at the Scripps Research Institute where he remained for 22 years, becoming the Dean of Biology before joining UC San Diego in 2009. In addition to running his research group and university research center, Steve also founded Rincon Pharmaceutical in 2005, Sapphire Energy in 2007, Triton Health and Nutrition in 2013, and Algenesis Materials in 2016.

In this video, the Rotary Club of Silicon Valley interviews Steve about his history of helping to form the first incarnation of the modern algae industry. From the promise of biofuels to the reality of valuable bio-products, his stories reveal his developing views of both what is realistic, and what is noble, in bringing new materials to the world.

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