BYAS was founded in Chicago at www.insidetheplant.com in late 2018 with a vision of innovating at the interface between the circular economy (zero waste and sustainable re-use of limited resources) and the wealth of our planet’s algal resources. This breakthrough site plays a vital role in
bringing anaerobic digestion to its rightful place as the foundation of a sustainable urban food chain.
BYAS is committed to researching, developing and
implementing new ways of making our food better,
more accessible and healthier and to reducing the
environmental burden of food production on our
Our Founder and CEO is an MD MBA with almost 30 years of life sciences R&D, finance and management experience
Our Chief Marketing Officer and Head of International Operations brings experience in management consulting and general international business management
Marc Peter Geytenbeek
Our Chief of Public Affairs and Head of Europe brings experience in entrepreneurship, sales and marketing
Our Chief Technology Officer is a MIT trained mechanical engineer
Prof. Peter Lammers
Our Principal Scientific Advisor is an internationally recognized algal scientist specializing in extremophile species
Erik leads our cellular agriculture laboratory
Alex leads our laboratory, analytical R&D and QC/QA
Cedric is our research scientist working on our biostimulant and bioremediation portfolio
Katie is Director of Operations in Chicago
We are honored to collaborate with Jay Pleckham and Tony Milewski, our Principal Mycology Advisors and with John Edel, Founder and CEO of Bubbly Dynamics, the owner and operator of The Plant. John’s vision, his unfailing support and our shared commitment to circular economy principles have been critical to our success.
BYAS extended family includes our interns, temporary staff, consultants, Bubbly Dynamics staff, volunteers at The Plant, innovators and other startups and we wish to recognize the contributions of Mike Phippen, Nikki Huynh, Carolee Kokola, Lucas van Beers, Alex Enarson, Jeremy Piacente, Felix (@felizreef), Matt (@kombuchade) and Tyler Bogartz.
As BYAS grows, we will extend our Advisory Board that currently includes Professor Peter Lammers (Principal Advisor – Algae Sciences) and Ira van Eelen (Principal Advisor – Cellular Agriculture).