PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - February 3, 2010) - The Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) today announced that the 4th Annual Algae Biomass Summit will take place September 28-30 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona. ABO chose the location given the burgeoning algae industry and leading algae-focused programs at leading academic and research institutions in Arizona and the greater Southwest. More information on presentations and areas of interest, including the full Call for Abstracts, is available at ABO is currently seeking proposals for keynote speakers, panels and poster presentations.

"2009 was a banner year for the algae industry, with hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from both the private sector and the federal government," said Mary Rosenthal, executive director of ABO. "In addition numerous end user industries have joined the effort. Our summit will showcase the latest in technology breakthroughs, commercialization developments and policy and regulatory issues, as well as provide a forum for networking and knowledge sharing."

Speakers and attendees at the Algae Biomass Summit will include national and international technologists, producers, scientists, investors, and policymakers. During the course of the event, leaders and attendees will discuss issues of critical importance to the emerging algae industry, including the commercial viability of algal production, current government and private initiatives, evolving technologies, processing concepts, life cycle analysis and venture/project finance. Last year's Algae Biomass Summit, held in San Diego, California, was attended by more than 700 stakeholders across the algae industry.

About the ABO

The Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae. Its membership is comprised of people, companies and organizations across the value chain. More information about ABO, including its leadership, membership, costs, benefits and members and their affiliations, is available at the website:

Contact Information: Contact: John Williams Scoville PR for ABO 206-625-0075 x1