About Us


about phenometrics

Phenometrics, Inc. is dedicated to accelerating algal discoveries and enhancing the production capabilities of algae and algal products.

Our flagship product, the Phenometrics Photo Bioreactor (PBR101), is an advanced algae growing system that allows you to quickly and easily determine the best growth factors for your algae strains. From there, you can directly scale up these factors to mass production levels. The original ePBR was developed by Dr. David Kramer, a foremost researcher in algal growth development at Michigan State University.

Since then, Phenometrics has continued and advanced the development of our bioreactors, now featuring the PBR101, with new innovations, a revised, more powerful user interface (Algal Command), and important new accessories that make it easier than ever for you to find better ways of promoting algal growth.

The Phenometrics Team: 

Jody L. Burgess:  President and CEO of Phenometrics, Inc. Jody has over twenty years of experience in technology commercialization in the software, biotech and telecommunications industries. Jody has held strategic sales and marketing roles for Neogen, Foresight Solutions (now AcctVantage), Beeples and TechSmith, and launched two of her own startups (BookBrainer and Tribbon). She has led marketing, product development and general business while at TechSmith where she learned the importance of bridging the gap between the technical and the business minded, as well as scaling business operations in a profitable and sustainable way. Jody currently serves on the advisory board for the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Corporation (now Muskegon Innovation Hub) and has counseled hundreds of Michigan technology companies on planning, funding, launching and scaling their businesses. Jody has a BS in Business with a Minor in International Trade from Northwood University, and an MBA from the DeVos Graduate School of Management.

Timothy ("Tim") J. Alavosus, Ph.D.: Vice President of Sales and Marketing (U.S. + Worldwide). Dr. Alavosus has over 30 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, and Product Development in the Scientific Instruments and Defense Industries. In his most recent position prior to joining Phenometrics, he was Global Director of Sales and Marketing at L-3 Klein Sonar. In addition, he has held Sales and Marketing positions at Bluefin Robotics, VHG Labs, Bruker Daltonics, Varian Associates, and Baird Atomic. He has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Brown University, and a Master's of Science Degree in Finance (M.S.F.) in International Business from Brandeis University, where he also completed his B.A. Dr. Alavosus is a prolific author and speaker, and brings extensive international business experience to the Phenometrics team.