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BioCap was formed out of the desire to help solve the environmental crisis of climate change. Rising sea levels and an increase in extreme natural events like wildfires and hurricanes (among many others) are threatening the natural world that the members of BioCap love and enjoy. So, the team sat down to brainstorm methods to reduce carbon in the atmosphere and naturally landed on a biological approach, leaning on the expertise of the team. As a result, the team came upon the secondary problem of dead zones caused by algae. This led to the realization that BioCap can solve two global problems at the same time.

Sam Elwell

"I was inspired to start BioCap to help protect the natural world I've enjoyed my whole life and so that others can continue to experience it too."

Sam Elwell leads the engineering design effort for BioCap. He earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and is pursing a M.S.E. in aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also has three years of industry experience working for Northrop Grumman as a systems engineer.


Will Christian

"I love our concept of using natural algal photosynthesis to solve these man-made environmental problems."

Will Christian is the algae specialist and leads the filtration research and development effort for BioCap. He earned a B.S. in biochemistry from the Michigan Technological University and is currently a PhD candidate at Montana State University.  

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Adrian Miling

"I've always wanted to be part of projects that have a large impact in the world."

Adrian Miling leads the industrial and graphic design effort for BioCap. He earned a B.A. in Industrial Design from Lawrence Technological University and has industry experience from working for Briggs & Stratton and Petsmart.


Our Journey So Far

MARCH 2021


BioCap was founded in response to a challenge put forward to capture carbon from the atmosphere in order to mitigate the effects of climate change. BioCap saw an opportunity to lessen the impacts of climate change while concurrently solving another ecological problem - harmful algal blooms.



BioCap competed in the Big Idea Challenge through the Jake Jabs School of Business at Montana State University. Making it through to the final round to present in front of a panel of local business leaders, BioCap is awarded $500.

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