In 2010, Ryan teamed up with Mike Van Drunen, an engineer and entrepreneur, co-founding Algix, beginning the mission to use algae as a means of cleaning the environment while providing algae-based sustainable materials to the world.
Algix spent 2 years developing and refining the extrusion process, as well as developing a harvesting and drying technology, thus creating a commercially viable operation. Algix connected with governments, universities and private companies that were researching algae biotechnology, building a network of algae suppliers.
In 2014, Algix secured a 70,000 sq. ft. modern manufacturing facility in Meridian, Mississippi: the heart of catfish country, where they could research and utilize algae from both lakes around the world and right in their backyard.