Science & Quality

Meet the brilliant minds behind Algalif's ingredient solutions. Our scientists are passionate about microalgae and natural astaxanthin.

head-4Tryggvi Stefánsson, Ph.D.

Science Manager

Tryggvi has a Ph.D. in microbiology and genetics from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He joined Algalif in early 2014 and since 2015 has led the company’s R&D and Scale-up department as Science Manager. Among other things, Tryggvi’s department oversees the continuous optimization of cultivation parameters.

head-6Haraldur Gardarsson, Ph.D. 

Quality Control Manager

Haraldur has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. He has held numerous academic positions throughout his career, most recently as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Iceland. Haraldur joined the Algalif team in 2015, where he quickly rose through the ranks to Quality Control Manager.

sigurb-medres-1Sigurbjörn J. Björnsson

Quality Assurance Manager

Sigurbjörn is about to complete his M.Sc. in Strategic Management at the University of Iceland. He has 15 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including audits, writing SOPs, working on deviations, CAPAs and validation projects. Sigurbjörn joined Algalif in 2015 and has been responsible for establishing a GMP culture in the company.

head-7Ingólfur Gunnarsson, Ph.D.                         

Head of Cultivation

Ingólfur has a Ph.D. in biotechnology from the Technical University of Denmark, and has been a member of the Algalif team since his graduation. He is the Head of Cultivation at Algalif, where he is responsible for culture scale-up, contamination control and growth optimisation.

head-2Amid Derayat, Ph.D.

Cultivation Specialist

Amid has a Ph.D. in genetics and reproduction of aquatic organisms from the University of Stirling in Scotland. Prior to Algalif, he worked with design and treatment of water recirculation systems for saltwater fish and Atlantic salmon. Amid is currently a Cultivation Specialist at Algalif.

headJan Eric Jessen, M.Sc.

Cultivation Specialist

Jan Eric has a M.Sc. degree in biotechnology from the University of Akureyri in Iceland. Prior to joining Algalif, he worked as Project Manager of Laboratories at the University of Akureyri. He is currently a Cultivation Specialist at Algalif, where he is responsible for laboratory scale-up of production cultures.