Stephen Mayfield, of the California Center for Algae Biotechnology at the University of California, San Diego was looking for a formula for a more sustainable surfboard. During the search he found a partner and a product.

Stephen Mayfield, of the California Center for Algae Biotechnology at the University of California, San Diego was looking for a formula for a more sustainable surfboard. During the search he found a partner and a product. Photo by Melissa Jacobs.

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