Michael Repkin invented Omni Ecosystems’ ultra-lightweight growing media and its food production system. He is Director of Research & Development at Omni Ecosystems™, with a focus on biological resource recovery and sustainable food production. He led young students in projects that focus on human life support systems and technologies for five years in Chicago through the non-profit Urban Habitat Chicago, which he co-founded. While serving in the Army, his assignments included laboratory positions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. If Mike is not on a roof, he can be found working in his outdoor laboratory discovering new ways to provide human life support utilizing biological processes and methods that are compatible with living systems.