Angela Wulff is a professor in marine ecology at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg. She has a passion for studying the base of the marine food web, microscopic algae, and particularly the microalgal group called diatoms, living in cold water habitats. During her polar expeditions, she was inspired by diatoms living in Antarctic and Arctic sea ice – growing in cold and dark environments – and she wanted to seek their potential for industrial applications. The idea was left until the right moment came to further delve into the possibility to explore the commercial value at the business incubator, Chalmers Ventures, and together with Sofie Allert she founded the Swedish Algae Factory.
Wulff was awarded the ÅForsk Innovation grant 2015, as one of the ten most innovative entrepreneurs in Sweden. Within Swedish Algae Factory, she aims to provide a small but important piece to the puzzle of how to mitigate climate change effects. Wulff wants to encourage more researchers and entrepreneurs to join in the quest to create sustainable business solutions in a circular economy. Nature and evolution are the best engineers, we just have to be open and creative.