Biochem people on the move

I’ve been seeing a lot of movements within renewable chems within the past several weeks…



  • Sam Kratzer has joined BioBased Technologies as the company’s chief operating officer. Kratzer comes to BioBased Technologies® most recently from Archway Sales where he was director of marketing. Archway is a distributor of Agrol® polyols, one of the products developed by BioBased Technologies®.
  • Elevance Renewable Sciences has picked David Kelsey as its new chief financial officer. Kelsey was most recently senior vice president and CFO at Sealed Air Corporation, a Fortune 500 company and a leader in global manufacturing of a wide range of food, protective and specialty packaging materials and systems.
  • Verdezyne has appointed Brian Conn as chief financial officer and Steve Jackson as chief operations officer. Conn was formerly CFO of MicroIslet, Inc., a preclinical biotech company developing a therapy for Type 1 Diabetes. Jackson has served as Verdezyne’s CFO and COO since 2008.
  • Christophe Lacroix has been appointed Head of Alliances, Partnerships and Business Management at France-based METabolic EXplorer. He will be responsible for global strategy for the Company’s product lines, and for setting up strategic alliances and manufacturing and commercial cooperation agreements.
  • Gevo has appointed Gary W. Mize, partner and owner at MR & Associates, as a director. Prior to his current position at MR & Associates, Mize was president of Rawhide Energy LLC, an ethanol company, and served as non-executive chairman at Ceres Global AG, a Canadian public company that serves as a vehicle for agribusiness investments.
  • John Melo, CEO of renewable chemical and fuels company Amyris, has joined the Renmatix Board of Directors. Ellen Purdy, will fill the chief financial officer role as Renmatix expands operations. Prior to joining Renmatix, Ellen Purdy served as CFO for SDI, serving the pharmaceutical and biotech markets.
  • Proterro has established a three-member advisory board of experts in the fields of renewable energy, biofuels and chemical production. Making up the board are Harrison F. Dillon, president and the chief technology officer of Solazyme; Thomas Dries, founder and managing partner of NCN Partners; and Christos Papadopoulos, led BP Chemicals’ efforts that resulted in Department of Energy funding of the Green Olefins Machine project.


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