Seaweeding unchartered territories

Incubated in July 2010 at IIT-Madras, Sea6 Energy was birthed as a result of one man’s passionate entrepreneurial dream after his two-decade long stint with Biocon - Dr Shrikumar Suryanarayan, or lovingly known as ‘Shri’ in the industry circle .

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Dr Shrikumar Suryanarayan

In 2007, he stepped down as the president of R&D at Biocon to become an academician at IIT-Madras. Now, with a vision to farm the seaweeds to meet growing commercial energy demands, he serves as the chairman of Sea6 Energy.

The company believes that there is an urgent requirement to replace the traditional fossil fuels with a more environmentally friendly alternative.

To achieve this, scientists at Sea6 energy are trying to convert photosynthetic biomass including plants, grasses and algae in to fuels.

He left his job at Biocon in 2008 and started teaching at IIT-Madras when a handful of students there sought his help to enter the esteemed iGEM competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States.

Unfortunately, the students were denied the visas but still managed to win a prize after demonstrating their idea through a video presentation.

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