Executive Management & Business Development
Michael Van Drunen
President, CEO and Founder of ALGIX, LLC, holds a B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology and brings significant experience, commercial visibility and key relationships within the dairy, paints and industrial coatings, and household products industries. Through his previous company that he started and built into one of the premier packaging companies in the USA, Mr. Van Drunen has developed strategic relationships with senior executives from high profile companies such as, Mott’s, Walmart, Unilever, Dean Foods, Sherwin Williams, BASF, Dupont, ECOLAB, Graham Plastics, Berry Plastics among others. Founder of ALGIX.
Ryan W. Hunt
Director of Research and Development and Co-Founder of ALGIX, LLC, holds a B.S. in Physics and a M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Georgia. Mr. Hunt has been involved with research in the UGA, Biorefining and Carbon Cycling Program. He has over five years of research experience on algae biomass production, wastewater treatment from agricultural and industrial sources, phyto-hormone research, photosynthetic optimization using LED’s and chlorophyll fluorescence feedback method and system, algae harvesting using flocculation, centrifugation and filtration, downstream processing, drying, milling, pelletization, bioplastic formulation, compounding and conversion of algae via extrusion, compression and injection molding of over 300 algal-based formulations. Ryan has published five journal articles and holds four patents on algae-related technologies.
Mark Ashton Zeller
Research Specialist, holds B.S. degrees in Biology and Chemistry. He has four years of laboratory teaching experience and two years of research focused on protein modification, genetic engineering, and protein biopolymer synthesis. He recently has formulated and characterized biopolymers for performance characteristics including mechanical and thermal properties.
Plant Manager, Entered the United States Air Force as a helicopter crew chief. While in the USAF worked for combat rescue and served on rescue missions, while coordinating and directing helicopter crew in all operations. After 4 years of service got out and obtain a BS degree in radiologic technology and worked and trained in the operating room, emergency department as well as inpatient and outpatient facilities. Todd is in the process of obtaining his BS as well as a minor in biology.
Production Coordinator, has worked in the field of Biorefining and Carbon Cycling for five years at the University of Georgia’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department. He has been involved with pilot scale processing of various types of biomass for value added products, including drying, milling, classification, pelletization, and thermochemical and biological conversion.
Sales and Marketing
Sales Manager, with over 25 years experience in direct sales and marketing for a variety of industries. John has been involved in the ALGIX vision since its inception and is responsible for aligning the product development with commercial needs.
Sales Executive, attended the University of Purdue Calumet as well as Indiana Wesleyan University. Entered the sales profession five years ago and has excelled in leading sales. Joined Algix in February of 2013 but has been around the Algix vision since early 2012. Jorge is responsible for our sales all around the globe.
Katie Van Drunen
Office manager for Algix, LLC. Attended Kent State University and received a bachelor degree in Business Management. Managed a department in a medical billing company for 2 years. Joined Algix February 2013.