Selected 2015

Geoff Horst

  • Industry Agriculture

Geoff Horst is a biotech entrepreneur with a passion for finding solutions to tough problems affecting the environment and human health.  He was a co-founder and CEO of Algal Scientific, which commercialized an algae-based beta glucan, a potent immune supplement for humans and animals.  At Algal, he helped raise the first $10M in equity financing and developed the technical team that scaled the company’s fermentation platform from shake flask to the world’s first commercial-scale production facility. Geoff also led the initial commercialization efforts in both the human and animal health markets, reaching a $1M/year run rate before hiring a commercialization-stage CEO in late 2016.  In March 2017, Algal’s beta glucan business was acquired by Kemin, a leading animal and human health company with over 2500 team members worldwide.  Geoff now helps lead Kemin’s development efforts for beta glucans in new and expanding markets.  He received his B.S. (Oceanography) from the University of Michigan, an M.S. (Marine Biology) from California State University and Ph.D. from Michigan State University (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).  Geoff was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2015 and serves on the board/mentors biotech startups in the Ann Arbor and Detroit area.


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