Corporate Facts

  • Founded:
    May 2007
  • Locations:
    • Headquarters and primary lab in San Diego, California
    • Research and Development Facility, Las Cruces, New Mexico
    • Green Crude Farm (Integrated Algal Bio-Refinery), Columbus, New Mexico
  • Employees:
    More than 100
  • Funding Status:
    Privately held company
  • Executive Team:
    James E. Levine
    Chief Executive Officer
    Thomas 'Tom' Willardson
    Chief Financial Officer
    Tim Zenk
    Senior Vice President of Corporate Development & Policy
    Jaime E. Moreno, P.E.
    Vice President of Projects
    Dean Venardos
    Vice President of Operations
    Jim Butler
    Vice President of Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property
  • Board of Directors:
    Cynthia 'CJ' Warner
    Chairman of the Board
    Steven Goldby
    Board Member
    Robert Nelsen
    Board Member
    Robert Shapiro
    Board Member
    James E. Levine
    CEO, Board Member
  • Scientific Advisory Board:
    Leroy Hood, MD PhD (Chair)
    President and Co-founder, Institute for Systems Biology
    Seattle, Washington
    Roger Y. Tsien
    Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor in the Depts. of Pharmacology and of Chemistry & Biochemistry
    University of California, San Diego
    Steve Briggs, PhD
    Distinguished Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
    University of California, San Diego
    Stephen Mayfield, PhD
    Director of the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology, John Doves Isaacs Chair of Natural Philosophy
    University of California, San Diego
    Dr. Matthew Croughan, Ph.D.
    George B. and Joy Rathmann Professor and Director of the Amgen Bioprocessing Center at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)
    H. Scott Fogler
    Ame and Catherine Vennema professor of chemical engineering Arthur F. Thurnau professor
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Dennis Fenton, PhD
    Distinguished Microbiologist and Research Scientist, Former Executive Vice President, Amgen
  • Investors:
    Sapphire Energy is supported by a world-class syndicate of investors led by co-founder ARCH Venture Partners; along with The Wellcome Trust; Cascade Investment, LLC; Venrock, Arrowpoint, and Monsanto.
  • Partners
    As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and through the biorefinery assistance program in the 2008 Farm Bill, Sapphire has partnered with both the USDOE and the USDA to build a next-generation algal biorefinery. Sapphire is also collaborating with leading scientists from the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute; University of California, San Diego; The Scripps Research Institute; University of Tulsa; and San Diego Center for Algal Biotechnology.

 

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