A.I.M. Interview: NAABB’s José Olivares
by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine) José Olivares is a busy man. Not only the founder and kingpin of the NAABB 3-year DOE-backed consortium to ring out the potential of algal biofuel production, he also recently served as conference co-chair, along with Dr. Richard Sayre, for their third annual international conference in Toronto, Canada. This all fits on top of his regular job as Division Leader for the Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Labs. And not to forget, he and Dr. Sayre are the chief editors (with Rene Wijffels) of Elsevier’sAlgal Research technical journal.
Let’s talk about the conclusions from the three-year $50+ million DOE-backed NAABB research project. What are some of the major accomplishments from the work, now that the consortium has come to the end of the project funding?
From all of the information that has been generated from NAABB, we have already over 65 technical publications in the peer reviewed scientific literature, including five PhD theses from some of the academic institutions that were associated with NAABB.
There will be a long legacy because a couple of things have been generated out of the NAABB effort: one is a new technical journal called Algal Research that’s being published by Elsevier, and second is an international conference held every year – the International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts. (This coming year it will be held in New Mexico, either Albuquerque or Santa Fe, in June, 2014.)
In the technical realm we have deposited 30 of our most productive strains that we’ve developed through our prospecting efforts. Those strains are now in the UTEX Culture Collection and available to other investigators for utilization.
Along with our technical accomplishments, there were 33 intellectual property disclosures produced by Consortium members in all of our areas of work. Some of those are in the process of being licensed or commercialized. One of those is the company Phenometrics, They produce a small photobioreactor for the algal bioresearch community, which mimics the pond environment so that multiplex type experiments can be carried out easily in the laboratory. READ MORE