SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil production company and leading algal synthetic biology company, announced that Dr. Arthur Grossman, chief of genetics, has been awarded the Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal for excellence in published research on marine or freshwater algae. The award, which only recognizes one scientist every three years, was established through the Helen P. Smith Fund and is awarded by the National Academy of Sciences.
Grossman has spent over thirty years studying microalgae. His current research, and the focus of the award, is pioneering creative and comprehensive research on algae and cyanobacteria and elucidating molecular mechanisms by which they adapt to changes in light color and nutrient availability. “I’m extremely honored that the National Academy of Sciences has recognized my research and has placed me among those outstanding scientists who have previously received the Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal,” said Grossman.
At Solazyme, Grossman helps oversee and develop research projects, design strategies for initiating and implementing new projects, and recruit accomplished scientists. In speaking of his commitment to the work being done at Solazyme, Grossman said, "My understanding of microalgae and the ways in which they synthesize and store starches and oils makes me firmly believe that oils derived from algae will be a significant component of the future energy budget, reducing our dependence on crude oil without adversely impacting the environment.”
Grossman currently shares his time between the Carnegie Institution of Science, Stanford University and Solazyme. Prior to becoming a member of Solazyme’s team, Grossman was the chairman of Solazyme's Scientific Advisory Board and has been an essential member of the R&D team since 2004.
“Solazyme prides itself on recruiting the world’s most passionate and talented scientists,” said Harrison Dillon, chief technology officer of Solazyme. “Dr. Grossman has been a key contributor to both our scientific achievements and our establishment of a truly world class team, and we congratulate him for this achievement.”
Solazyme, Inc. is a renewable oil production company and the leader in algal synthetic biology. Solazyme’s unique microbial conversion technology process allows algae to produce oil in standard industrial facilities quickly, efficiently and at large scale. These oils are tailored not only for advanced biofuel production, but also as replacements for fossil petroleum and plant oils in a diverse range of products running from foods and cosmetics to oleochemicals. The company was founded in 2003 and has its headquarters in South San Francisco, Calif. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.solazyme.com.