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Dr Stefan Kraan

Dr Stefan Kraan

Co-founder and Director of R&D Ocean Harvest
Born in The Netherlands he graduated with a M.Sc. degree in Marine Biology at National University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He moved to Ireland to pursue a PhD on phylogenetics and aquaculture of edible seaweeds at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1998. He became manager of the Irish Seaweed Industry Organisation in 1998 and finished his PhD in 2001. He established the Irish Seaweed Centre in 2001, a dedicated R&D centre for seaweed-based research and development, which was launched in 2001. Dr Kraan raised over 2 million in research funding for applied research projects using seaweed. After managing the seaweed centre for 9 years, Dr Kraan resigned from University life in 2009 to pursue and develop some commercial ideas using seaweeds for a variety of purposes amongst them functional food ingredients for fish and livestock farming and novel algae cultivation systems for biofuel production. Dr Kraan is currently Co-Founder,and Scientific Director of Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd, a company that has produced Oceanfeed™, a range of seaweed based functional feed ingredients for the animal and aquaculture farming industries. Dr Kraan is president of the International Seaweed Association. His main fields of expertise are industrial applications of seaweeds/macroalgae and usage of seaweeds in animal feed, aquaculture, biotechnology and biomedicine, aquaculture of seaweeds, sustainable development of algal resources.
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