Alternative (Jet) Fuel from Micro-organisms


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Alternative (Jet) Fuel from Micro-organisms

Thursday, Oct 6, 2022

05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

Euglena Co., Ltd. is a dynamic breakaway founded in a University of Tokyo Faculty of Agriculture laboratory. In December 2005, Euglena became the first in the world to successfully mass culture its namesake organism, Euglena, outdoors and make it available for commercial use. By using microalgae such as Euglena, the company is developing and manufacturing factional food and cosmetics, and creating biofuels designed to reduce CO2 emissions. Because Euglena grows using natural processes like photosynthesis, it is garnering global attention as a greener raw material for the next generation of bio fuels.  Please join Mr. Mitsuru Izumo, Founder and President of Euglena Co., Ltd., as he explains how Euglena is being used to develop alternative aviation fuel and ultimately as other fossil fuel replacements.

The series begins September 29, 2022 and continues weekly until December 1, 2022. Seminars will be held Thursdays, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

Instructor: Richard Dasher <rdasher [at] stanford [dot] edu>

The series is available to Stanford students for credit; register for EASTASN 402A “Topics in International Technology Management,” also cross-listed as EE-402A and EALC-402A, 1 unit S/NC.


Our seminars are being offered in a hybrid format.

To attend online, please register in advance for the entire series at <https://stanford.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rd–vqzkvGdAJZ5KIFXD116WMknMIg-Z5>.  The same link will be used for all sessions.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting series.

To attend in-person, please register in advance at <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alternative-jet-fuel-from-micro-organisms-tickets-420966581377>.  Public is welcome on a first come, first served basis.  Per university guidelines, face coverings will be required inside the auditorium.


  • Stanford University, Paul G. Allen Building, Allen 101X Auditorium, 330 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305 [Google Map]

Parking options:

  • Via Ortega Garage, 498 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305 [Google Map]
  • Parking Structure 5, 295 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305 [Google Map]
  • Please check parking signs carefully to ensure that permitted parking and metered spaces are free after 4:00 pm.

Session Recordings are typically posted within 3 business days after each session.


Mitsuru Izumo

Founder and President, Euglena Co., Ltd.

Mitsuru Izumo is a graduate of the University of Tokyo, having specialized in agricultural structural management. In 2005, he established Euglena Co., Ltd. to harness the properties of microalgae Euglena. Euglena Co., Ltd. became the world’s first biotechnology company that succeeded in the outdoor mass cultivation of Euglena. Euglena Co., Ltd. upholds “Sustainability First” as their philosophy and has developed a manufacturing process to use Euglena in foods, cosmetics, and for biofuel.  By leveraging Euglena and other advanced technologies, the company has also established a bioinformatics division, and is supporting “social business” in Bangladesh by assisting farmers with mung bean production.


Seminar Slides

Slides from the seminar are available in a variety of formats for you to download. Click the links below to open or download the slide files.


Seminar Video

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