American Unagi vs. Lobster Unlimited

Episode 13: January 21

Greenlight Maine / Season Two

Sponsored by Maine International Trade Center

The Presenters

Sara Rademaker
Owner
American Unagi is an aquaculture company focused on raising Maine harvested glass eels to market size for sale in US markets.
Cathy Billings
Lobster Unlimited, LLC finds innovative uses for lobster components currently discarded as waste at lobster processing plants. The company is tapping into the lobsters’ unique biological properties to develop products that will add value to an already successful and sustainable lobster catch. It has two brands: LobsterRx which focuses on cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications; and LobsteR which develops products from its specially processed lobster shell. The company holds a patent on its LobsteRx healing cream, and has several patents pending. It was founded in 2012 and is based in Orono, Maine

Lobster Unlimited, LLC finds innovative uses for lobster components currently discarded as waste at lobster processing plants. The company is tapping into the lobsters’ unique biological properties to develop products that will add value to an already successful and sustainable lobster catch. It has two brands: LobsteRx, which focuses on cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications; and Lobster Recycled, which develops products from custom processed lobster shell. The company holds a patent on its LobsteRx healing cream, and has several patents pending. It was founded in 2012 and is based in Orono, Maine.

The Judges

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Janine Bisaillon-Cary
Janine Bisaillon-Cary has served as President of Maine International Trade Center (MITC) and Director of International Trade for the State of Maine since 2006. Prior to her present position, Janine was Vice President of Maine International Trade Center for six years and Vice President of Resource Trading Company of Portland, Maine. She has worked for over 25 years in international markets, including the seafood export and consumer goods import markets. Janine serves on the boards of the Maine Port Authority, the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Trade Cooperation Committee, the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Council, and the Eastern Trade Council.

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Des Fitzgerald
Des graduated from Harvard University in 1975 and attended a year of graduate school at the University of Washington, College of Fisheries, in Seattle. He moved to Maine in 1978 and founded Ducktrap River Fish Farm the following year. In 2006 he co-founded Dirigo Wind, a regional land based wind development company, along with 4 other partners and was also the co-founder and CEO of BlueMarvel Inc., an HD video company. In December of 2008, Des became the VP of Business Development for Principle Power Inc. a deep-water wind technology company based in Seattle Washington. Des currently holds the position of Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for the Maine Venture Fund. Des has had a long relationship with volunteer boards serving on the board of The Natural Resources Council of Maine, The Camden International Film Festival, The Camden Conference, The Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Maine Businesses For Social Responsibility, Coastal Mountain Land Trust and two local school boards. Des has had a long running interest in the role of leadership in successful enterprises and has been involved in many start ups as both a partner, founder, employee and consultant.

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Jason Harkins
Jason Harkins, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Maine Business School at the University of Maine. He is an active mentor to entrepreneurs throughout the state of Maine and is involved with Scratchpad Accelerator, Top Gun Entrepreneurship Accelerator, and SCORE among others. He teaches new venture creation, small business management and strategic management and conducts research on entrepreneurial hiring, firing, mentoring and exit.
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