Living Ink is a biomaterials company on a mission to use sustainable algae technologies to replace petroleum-derived products, such as ink. We are changing the way ink is made by using algae as pigments for ecofriendly ink products. The vision is to develop a variety of ink products and colors, including digital ink. Currently, screen, letterpress and offset ink is being developed and refined.
Scott and Steve met when they were PhD students in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program at Colorado State University. They were both researching algae projects related to biofuels and bioproducts. In 2013, it was brought to their attention that the majority of printing ink used in the world are produced from toxic petroleum products. This inspired them to use algae as biopigments to develop the world's most sustainable ink.
Scott Fulbright, PHD;
Co-Founder & CEO
Prior to Living Ink, Scott spent the last 12 years in the algae bioproducts industry, where he led research and development projects in both industry and academia. His research was directed at understanding the scale-up process in algae cultivation for biofuels and bioproducts. In industry he was a laboratory manager and participate in product and business development for an algae biofuels venture that raised $17 M.
Steve Albers, PHD;
Co-Founder & CTO
Steve's past research focused on engineering algae to produce valuable commercial products. Steve engineered a strain of algae that is capable of producing a bio-fuel molecule that resembles diesel fuel. He also engineering a strain of algae that makes Astaxanthin, a molecule capable of protecting cells from dangerous toxins. Steve has also worked at the technology transfer office for CSU, CSU Ventures.
Fiona Davies, PhD;
Fiona brings over ten years’ experience in the field of photosynthesis research and cyanobacterial bioengineering. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Otago in New Zealand and has completed postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley and Colorado School of Mines. In addition to working for Living Ink, Fiona maintains an active research program as a Research Assistant Professor at Colorado School of Mines, where she employs cyanobacteria as a photosynthetic platform for the production of terpenoid hydrocarbons, which have received considerable attention for use as drop-in biofuels, and for applications in the bioplastics and flavor/fragrance industries.
Senior graphic designer
Shayne is a recent graduate of Colorado Mesa University, where he studied graphic design and business. He worked at the University’s marketing department during his four years at the school. He brings experience in graphic design and has worked in both screen and letter press medias. Shayne oversees custom design of products and fulfillment, marketing, and managing Living Ink’s brand through all medias. Working with ink has always been a part of graphic design for Shayne, and being a part of a company that has such a large impact in graphic design and the sustainability of this algae-derived ink excites him. Shayne hopes to revolutionize the standards on ink being used in the graphic design world.
Dr. Clayton is an expert in the development and commercialization of Smart Materials, Microencapsulation, Inks, Coatings Pharmaceuticals, and Nutraceuticals. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry and 20 years of commercial experience.
Dr. Clayton is a Director at EFI working with scientists, engineers, and software developers, inventing technology for digital manufacturing. He was a Vice President at Chromatic Technologies where he led an explosion of innovation and product development. He was responsible for the new product pipeline, project management, and intellectual property. Dr. Clayton's team worked closely with Sales, Marketing, key clients (CPG and government agencies), Operations and global contract manufacturing organizations to invent, develop and produce smart materials to help business partners grow their business.
Ben Walker has more than 30 years of direct business planning & execution experience, marketing management including product development, market development, and technical marketing for new market categories/products as well as established product lines in the commercial and consumer space. Ben also worked for the HP corporate strategy group within the Merger and Acquisitions office. Currently he is chief marketing officer at Advanced Regenerative Therapies.