Harrison F. Dillon, Thomas Dries, and Christos Papadopoulos will join Proterro’s board of directors. The company develops Protose, a feedstock that enables the production of biofuels. Founded in 2008, the company is backed by Battelle Ventures and Braemar Energy Ventures.
Renewable Energy, Biofuels and Chemicals Experts Join Advisory Board of Proterro, Developer of Protose Sugar, a Fermentation-ready Feedstock
Produced by combining only water, CO2, sunlight and nutrients in a biosynthetic process, Protose is projected to cost less than such feedstocks as sugar cane and cellulosics
PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 13, 2011 – Proterro, Inc., the developer of Protose, a fermentation-ready sugar feedstock that will enable economical production of biofuels and chemicals, 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, Thomas Dries, and Christos Papadopoulos, said Proterro CEO Kef Kasdin. “These individuals provide invaluable and diverse perspectives that supplement, as well as complement, those of our board of directors as the company moves forward,” she said.
More about advisory board members:
• Harrison F. Dillon, Ph.D., is a co-founder, the president and the chief technology officer of high-value renewable oil producer Solazyme, Inc. [NASDAQ:SZYM]. A pioneer and thought leader in the renewables field, he is an inventor on more than 30 Solazyme patents and patent applications. Dr. Dillon’s diversified background includes a law degree from Duke University and a doctorate in genetics from the University of Utah, where he had managed the institution’s biotechnology patent portfolio in its technology transfer office. Dr. Dillon was an associate in the biotechnology group at Townsend and Townsend and Crew (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton), specializing in intellectual property. He is a member of the State Bar of California, is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and has authored articles in legal, scientific and business journals.
• Thomas Dries is founder and managing partner of NCN Partners, which specializes in providing strategic direction and analysis for resolving critical business development and supply issues facing clients in renewable chemicals and fuels markets. As vice president of business development for Gevo Inc. [NASDAQ: GEVO], Mr. Dries led market development efforts for renewable fuels and chemicals based on biobutanol and established partnerships with ethanol producers. As operations vice president at Cargill Biofuels Operating Services, he headed development of four major ethanol plants, and, as project manager for the Cargill Emerging Business Accelerator, he developed protected amino acid products for commercialization. At Midwest Lysine, a joint venture between Cargill and Degussa AG, he helped build an advanced, fermentation-based production facility to produce a value-added form of lysine, essential to the animal feed industry.
• Christos G. Papadopoulos, Ph.D., is a chemical engineer with almost four decades of experience in petrochemical industry research and production. He led BP Chemicals’ efforts that resulted in Department of Energy funding of the Green Olefins Machine project, and served as senior advisor for BP’s Research & Education Clean Energy Centre partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing’s Tsinghua University, focusing on clean coal technologies and green energy issues. Credited with six patents for exploration and production (E&P) and chemical industry technologies, Dr. Papadopoulos headed research activities for several Amoco divisions and R&D groups, for which he led programs to formulate intellectual property strategies and development of risk assessment and mitigation tools for new technology development and commercialization across BP Chemicals.
Proterro seeks to remove the largest barrier to market adoption of biofuels, which is the high cost of cultivation, harvest, transport and processing of feedstock. Proterro’s patent-pending biosynthetic process combines an engineered photosynthetic microorganism with an advanced high-density, modular solid-phase bioreactor to provide a fermentation-ready feedstock, called Protose. Produced by combining only water, carbon dioxide, sunlight and nutrients in the biosynthetic process, Protose is projected to cost less than such feedstocks as sugar cane and cellulosics, and can be used to produce a variety of commercial scale fuels and chemicals through standard industrial fermentation methods. Proterro has completed microorganism genetic engineering for the biosynthetic process, has developed a working model bioreactor system, and has demonstrated high sucrose productivity with its process. The company plans to partner with ethanol producers to provide an alternative feedstock to their fermentation processes and with other biofuels and chemicals producers who seek low-cost sugar feedstock. Founded in 2008, the company is backed by Battelle Ventures and Braemar Energy Ventures. For more information, please visit www.proterro.com