What was the inspiration for algae ink? How’d you discover the potential of this material?
“I was shopping at a store one day and looked at all the packaging and saw ink everywhere. I didn’t know much about ink and went home to understand it better. After doing some research I thought we could apply algae to help make petroleum alternative inks.
“My best friend in graduate school and I started a company (while we were still students). This included staring a lab, in which we could mess around with algae and other materials to start developing these inks. That was in 2014 and now we are starting to launch products and build a well-rounded team.
“We have had several breakthroughs in the lab which encouraged us to keep working on algae ink innovation. A few months ago we used our ink on a commercial print run with a large-scale printing press.”
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