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Algae Biomass Organization plans to move global headquarters to Des Moines

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The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), a nonprofit trade association representing the algae industry, is relocating its Minnesota headquarters to Des Moines, where it will lease office space in the Financial Center downtown. The organization was formed 15 years ago and has more than 150 members, which includes commercial algae companies, academic institutions, national research laboratories and governmental agencies throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. The ABO advocates for algae-advancing policy and funding, serves as a hub for innovation and networking, and drives demand for “made with algae” products and services, according to a news release. “Des Moines and the state of Iowa are an attractive area to be based, as this area is a center for innovation in agriculture, sustainable fuels and related research and development at the state universities,” Mike LaMont, chairman of ABO’s board of directors, said in a prepared statement. “Additionally, we have many existing ABO members based in Iowa who are spearheading creative new developments in the areas of algae feed, food, fuel and water treatment. As these and other synergies develop, the ABO is poised for explosive growth as algae is critical to the U.S.’s goal of promoting sustainable solutions in agriculture, feed/food production, and aviation fuel.” Jon Kallen, managing partner of Jennings Kallen Advisors, is serving as ABO’s interim executive director.

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