Corporate Facts

  • Founded:
    May 2007
  • Locations:
    • Headquarters and primary lab in San Diego, California
    • Research and Development Facility, Las Cruces, New Mexico
    • Algae Farm, Columbus, New Mexico
  • Employees:
  • Funding Status:
    Privately held company
  • Executive Team:
    James E. Levine
    Chief Executive Officer
    Jim Astwood
    Senior Vice President of Product Management
    Jim Butler
    Vice President of Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property
    Sally Taggart
    Vice President
  • Board of Directors:
    Steven Goldby
    Board Member
    Robert Nelsen
    Board Member
    James E. Levine
    CEO, Board Member
  • Scientific Advisory Board:
    Leroy Hood, MD PhD (Chair)
    President and Co-founder, Institute for Systems Biology
    Seattle, Washington
    Roger Y. Tsien
    Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor in the Depts. of Pharmacology and of Chemistry & Biochemistry
    University of California, San Diego
    Steve Briggs, PhD
    Distinguished Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
    University of California, San Diego
    Dr. Matthew Croughan, Ph.D.
    George B. and Joy Rathmann Professor and Director of the Amgen Bioprocessing Center at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)
    Stephen Mayfield, PhD
    Director of the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology, John Doves Isaacs Chair of Natural Philosophy
    University of California, San Diego
    H. Scott Fogler
    Ame and Catherine Vennema professor of chemical engineering Arthur F. Thurnau professor
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Dennis Fenton, PhD
    Distinguished Microbiologist and Research Scientist, Former Executive Vice President, Amgen
  • Investors:
    Sapphire Energy is supported by a world-class syndicate of investors led by co-founder ARCH Venture Partners; along with The Wellcome Trust; Cascade Investment, LLC; Venrock, Arrowpoint, and Monsanto.
  • Partners
    As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and through the biorefinery assistance program in the 2008 Farm Bill, Sapphire has partnered with both the USDOE and the USDA to build a next-generation algal farm. Sapphire is also collaborating with leading scientists from the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute; University of California, San Diego; The Scripps Research Institute; University of Tulsa; and San Diego Center for Algal Biotechnology.