GSR’s origins started at the turn of this century, when its co-founders were developing a new approach to the general systems theory for the complex self-organizing adaptive ecological systems that may not be easily modeled. This work led them from applying their concept at the foothills of the Himalayas in India to the University of Maryland in 2001, where they worked with leading scientists focused on the elevation of nitrogen and phosphorus in the Chesapeake Bay. In the following year, they moved to the Champlain Valley with their affiliations with the University of Vermont where the nutrient runoff issue in Lake Champlain was difficult to ignore. They worked on building an ecosystem services platform, and continued their research efforts to formulate and test concepts of nutrient recovery. Almost after a decade of effort in building a novel systems approach, they extended their passion for general systems and firsthand experience with Chesapeake Bay and Lake Champlain health issues into creating value from waste nutrient inflows, and in 2008 created the General Systems Research (GSR) company that led to developing cutting edge technologies to manage nutrient runoff. Their vision evolved into transforming agricultural, food, and industrial nutrient waste into value in order to serve the nexus of the food, water, and energy markets with the purpose of maintaining pristine complex natural systems. With that vision, they reorganized the company as GSR Solutions LLC in 2014 to:
Several years of continous GSR’s R&D efforts, supported by well-known US regulatory agencies (EPA, USDA, DOE, and NSF) led to the development of cutting edge solutions springing from microbiological dynamics for converting excessive nutrients affecting natural water bodies and costing municipalities and industries into high-value products. GSR continued to develop technology solutions and expand its collection of proprietary high performance strains including various types of microalgae and supporting microbes that can efficiently feed on nutrients in the industrial and agricultural waste streams for producing products such as fertilizer, soil amendments, nutritional & pharmaceutical products, animal feed (for aquaculture and livestock), and liquid fuel while simultaneously treating wastewaters for water reclamation for meeting the demand of the growing global population. Since then, GSR has refined its technology with incorporating carbon in its processes, endorsed by its end users, proven its functionality, developed proprietary intellectual property, and readied it for commercial applications. GSR’s go-to-market development was formalized in 2018. GSR has developed and worked with a network of industry-leading partners and stakeholders, agricultural livestock farms, the food & beverage industries, and others, with an interest in its technology’s ability to create value from waste, improve business operations, and produce local to global, sustainable products.