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Our History

Global Algae is a family-owned company guided by Christian values. Global Algae was founded in 2013 by Dr. David Hazlebeck with the mission to change the world through technology, service, and compassion. Our vision is to harness the unparalleled productivity of algae to provide food and fuel for the world, dramatically improving the environment, economy, and quality of life for all people. To achieve this vision, large-scale algae farming needs to be economically viable and energy efficient, so radical advances were necessary in every step of the algae production process. Therefore, the company’s efforts have been focused on research and development to lower the cost and energy use in algae farming. The research and development has been very productive, leading to demonstration of over 60 innovations in algae cultivation, harvesting, and processing, including eleven major breakthroughs. These new technologies make Global Algae ready to scale NOW.

Our NEXT Step

Our next step is to scale up by building Farm 160, a new 160-acre algae farm with our complete technology package including advancements ranging from new high oil production algae strains to state-of-the-art extraction. Farm 160 will produce algae oil for biofuels, polymers, and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs); protein for food, and feed trials; as well as Spirulina for the nutraceutical market. 


Our Founder

David Hazlebeck, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Global Algae Innovations.

Dr. Hazlebeck is a proven leader and innovator in the algae industry.  

He has over 35 years of experience in chemical and biological research and development from laboratory-scale through piloting and commercial implementation.  For the past 15 years, he has directed research and development on large-scale, innovative photosynthetic algae cultivation, harvesting and processing technologies.  During this time, he led an algal-derived jet fuel project that included collaborative algal process research and development with 28 companies and universities.  The project culminated in the construction and operation of a multi-acre state-of-the-art algae cultivation facility.  Dr. Hazlebeck is passionate about saving the environment and improving the quality of life for all people.  He firmly believes compassion, kindness, and love combined with scientific breakthroughs will lead to a much better world for everyone.

Our Values

Develop innovative technology to improve quality of life for all people;

Create genuine, supportive, & family-oriented work environments;

Support personal growth and fulfilled lives through life-enriching

experiences, learning opportunities, and community service projects;

Build mutually beneficial relationships with our partners;

Serve our local and global communities;

Drive change to better the world.

Our Facilities

The company’s state-of-the-art algae laboratory and farming operations are located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. GAI operates a 33-acre farm including 8-wetted acres of algae ponds. The company’s corporate headquarters and algae equipment manufacturing facility are located in Southern California. GAI manufactures the Zobi harvester® and other specialty algae equipment in Santee, CA.


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