Experienced Biorenewables Industry Leader to Lead Transition to Commercialization
San Diego, CA and Kailua-Kona, HI – (PRNewswire – 03/11/15) – Cellana, Inc. today announced that David Anton, Ph.D., has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer and has been elected to the Board of Directors of the company. In the COO position, Dr. Anton will lead the transition of Cellana’s paradigm-shifting ALDUO™ algae cultivation technology platform into a commercial reality. He brings over 30 years of technology and product development experience to the company, including prior leadership roles at DuPont, Codexis, and Joule.
“David’s extensive experience spans fermentation and photosynthetic-based production platforms, with both large and small companies. As COO and a new board member, David brings to Cellana a remarkable combination of technology development expertise, commercialization experience, and business acumen that dovetails with Cellana’s dual focus on both high-value and high-volume products,” stated Martin Sabarsky, Cellana’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to have David as part of our leadership team driving commercialization strategy and product development initiatives,” continued Mr. Sabarsky.
“I am really fortunate to be joining Cellana at a time when it is about to commercialize the technology it has been developing,” said Dr. Anton. “Cellana’s unique experience in growing a diverse set of algae at the multi-ton scale positions us near term to focus on high-value products and longer term on large-volume products such as renewable fuels.”
Dr. Anton has a proven track record of value creation and capture and depth of experience in business development and technical project management. Before joining Cellana, Dr. Anton held C-Level roles at Joule Unlimited, Inc., and Codexis Inc. (NASDAQ: CDXS). He previously spent 25 years at DuPont (NYSE: DD) in multiple senior management positions in bioprocessing and biocatalysis. Dr. Anton holds a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota.
Cellana, a leading developer of algae-based bioproducts, uses the most productive plants on earth — marine microalgae — to photosynthetically produce its ReNew™ line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed/food, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO™ system enables economic, sustainable and consistent production of photosynthetic, non-GMO algae at industrial scale. Cellana intends to construct and operate commercial facilities to produce these products as integrated algae-based biorefineries. Further information is available at: www.cellana.com.
Note: ALDUO™ and ReNew™ are trademarks of Cellana
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