Cellana’s leadership team is group of biotechnology, scientific and industry professionals dedicated to the future of a cleaner, greener, more energy-secure future.
Martin Sabarsky, JD, MBAChief Executive Officer
Mr. Sabarsky has served as CEO of Cellana since April 2011. Prior to this he had been CFO and COO of the Company since 2008. Prior to joining the Company, from 2000 to 2007, he led the corporate development function at Diversa Corporation within the Finance and Accounting department and took on increasing levels of management responsibility, most recently as Vice President of Corporate Development and a member of the Executive Committee. Before Diversa, Mr. Sabarsky worked as an investment banker with Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., where he focused on financings and mergers and acquisitions within the life sciences industry and was a lead banker on Diversa’s $200 million IPO in 2000. Prior to joining Bear Stearns he worked as a transactional attorney with Latham & Watkins LLP. Mr. Sabarsky has an A.B. in Biology and Political Science from Brown University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.B.A. from the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego. He is past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO).
Avery Kramer is Cellana’s Director, Engineering & Downstream Processing. He has served in a variety of capacities at Cellana since 2007 with increasing levels of responsibility, including as Operations Manager, and has overseen health, safety, and environmental (HSE) areas as well as quality assurance (QA). Most recently Avery was Manager of Business Development. Prior to Cellana, he worked in the biopharmaceutical industry in the San Francisco Bay area in business development, project management, and quality assurance roles. Mr. Kramer has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was the inaugural exchange student for the National Science Foundation’s Marine Bioproducts Engineering Center (MARBEC).
Selena Ellis-Vizcarra, MBASenior Director, Corporate Development
Ms. Ellis-Vizcarra is based in San Diego, California and serves as the Director of Corporate Development for Cellana. Prior to joining Cellana she was with Verenium (formerly Diversa) Corporation holding a variety of increasingly responsible positions in the Business Development, Finance/Accounting, Intellectual Property, and Corporate Development departments with her final position being Contracts Manager, where she reported to the Chief Financial Officer. Selena has been in the biotech space as a Project Manager often for Federally-funded projects and for cross functional teams for over 20 years with responsibility for over $150M in cumulative fundings. Selena has a B.A. in Economics with a Minor in English and an M.B.A., both from San Diego State University.