Erico Mattos
Co-founder & CTO

Erico background is in biological and agricultural engineering related to photosynthetic optimization. In 2013 Erico received his PhD in Crop and Soil Sciences using LED’s and feedback mechanisms to increase the biomass production of microalgae in photobioreactors. Along the way, Erico graduated from Singularity University in 2012. Erico is responsible for directing PhytoSynthetix research and development efforts as well as implantation of new technologies into practical lighting system applications. On his free time he can be found (or not) riding his motorcycle at the Georgia mountains!

Ryan Hunt
Co-founder & Commercial Advisor

Ryan is a physicist by training and holds a Master’s Degree in Biological Engineering. Ryan has conducted research on LED-based grow lighting systems for optimizing photosynthesis, and has vast knowledge in electronics and circuit systems.

Ryan is also a co-founder of Algix, a biotech company producing bioplastics from microalgae. If you have tech questions outside of Ryan’s background, go ahead and ask him — your chances for a proper answer are proportionate to how weird the tech is!

Ivan Kruglak
CEO

Ivan Kruglak, CEO of PhytoSynthetix, is an electrical engineer with a professional career as an entrepreneur and inventor. He’s responsible for the successful development of over 50 separate products, from idea to execution and commercial production. Ivan founded and later sold two successful companies in the field of electronics.

In 2008, Ivan founded the Quantum Energy Devices, Inc., to pursue opportunities in alternate energy and propulsion technologies, and in 2011, he started Infinergy, Inc., a technology incubator specializing in advanced and frontier technologies that may benefit humanity. Last but not least, Ivan received two Academy Awards for his pioneering concept and development of the Coherent Time Code Slate and for his commitment for the development of a wireless transmission system for video-assisted images for the motion picture industry. Yes, we have a rock star on our team!