Prior to joining BAL, Mr Trunfio was chief operating officer at Aventine Renewable Energy where he was responsible for full profit and loss (P&L) management and operational leadership of more than 300 employees, manufacturing, supply chain management, sales, trading, risk management, regulatory compliance, technology, and capital expansion.

Mr Trunfio said: “As the need for biofuels and renewable chemicals increases, so will the demand for sustainable sources of sugars. With impressive intellectual property, brilliant scientists, solid funding and great strategic partners, the company is already well positioned to succeed. It’s an exciting time to join the team.”

BAL, the Califorinia-based privately-held company, is focused on producing the lowest sustainable source of sugars for biofuel and renewable chemical production from aquafarmed, native macroalgae (seaweed).