Isaac Berzin

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
Isaac Berzin
Isaac Berzin.jpg
Isaac Berzin איציק ברזין
Born December 12, 1967
Citizenship Israeli
Fields Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology
Known for Founded an algae-to-biofuel company

Isaac Berzin (born December 12, 1967) is an Israeli scientist and entrepreneur.

Academic and professional life

Dr. Berzin is currently the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Qualitas Health Inc. that produces algae-based nutraceutical products, particularly Omega-3.[1]

Berzin founded in 2001 the first algae-to-biofuel company in the world, GreenFuel Technologies Corporation, that aimed to use algae to eat up carbon emissions and to produce renewable energy.[2] This company has been closed down in May 2009.[3]

Dr. Berzin is an Affiliated Scientist at MIT, where he worked at the Center for Space Research on a NASA sponsored project, developing bioreactors for the International Space Station.[4]

Berzin was a senior faculty member at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and established an Israel-based international institute to formulate alternative energy policies.[5] In June 2008, Berzin addressed 130 members of the "Cleantech Israel" business network. He discussed his experience at GreenFuel Technologies and Israel's potential to be a world leader in renewable energy.[6][7]

Berzin holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. He graduated with a B.S. Chemical engineering degree in Biotechnology, summa cum laude, from Ben-Gurion University, Israel. He completed his post-doctoral research at Robert Langer's lab at MIT.

Honors and awards

Berzin was named one the 100 most influential people in politics, business and science in 2008 by the Time Magazine for his work in alga-culture.[8]

Dr. Berzin's work in alga-culture has won awards, including the Frost and Sullivan Award, Platts Global Energy Award and American Society of Competitiveness (ASC) Awards.[9] [10] [11]


  1. "Qualitas Health".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Interview: Dr. Isaac Berzin".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Greenfuel Technologies".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Algae system transforms greenhouse emissions into green fuel".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Isaac Berzin, Israel's "Green Giant"". Cleantech Investing in Israel. 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2008-05-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Isaac Berzin addresses 130 people at Cleantech Israel meetup". Cleantech Investing in Israel. 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2008-06-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Israel hopes to lead cleantech revolution". Jerusalem Post. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2008-06-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Isaac Berzin in Time Magazine".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "GreenFuel and Arizona Public Service Company Win Emissions Energy Project of the Year".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "GreenFuel Technologies Receives 2006 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation of the Year Award".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "GreenFuel Technologies Corporation Honored Second Year Running for Energy Competitiveness".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links