Business Briefs

By Staff | July 01, 2013

Genomatica adds advisory board member
Genomatica Inc. has announced the appointment of Frances H. Arnold to its scientific advisory board. Arnold is a leading authority on protein engineering, directed protein evolution, enzymology, and metabolic engineering. Genomatica will leverage her expertise as it pursues the development of new manufacturing processes for intermediate and basic chemicals produced from renewable feedstocks. Arnold is currently a professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology. She is the recipient of numerous accolades from industry and academia, including the Charles Stark Draper Prize in 2011 and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2011

Amyris appoints board member
Amyris Inc. has appointed R. Neil Williams as a member of its board of directors, and chair of its audit committee. Williams has served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Intuit Inc. since January 2008. At Intuit, he is responsible for all financial aspects of the company, including corporate strategy and business development, investor relations, financial operations and real estate. Prior to joining Intuit, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Visa U.S.A. Inc., where he led all financial functions for the company and its subsidiaries, including financial planning, business planning and financial monitoring. He will bring extensive financial, corporate strategy and execution experience to Amyris’s board.

Canadian professor awarded Marcus Wallenberg Prize
The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation has awarded Derek Gray , a professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada,   the 2013 Marcus Wallenberg Prize for his study of nanocrystalline cellulose. The prize aims to recognize, encourage and stimulate path-breaking scientific achievements. Gray’s research has shown that cellulose crystals in water suspensions align spontaneously in a specific pattern, creating unique optical properties. He discovered that solid films of crystalline cellulose suspensions make it possible to produce films with unique optical properties in wavelengths representing visible light. Possible applications include polarizing mirrors, lasers and optical security systems.

ABO elects board members
The Algae Biomass Organization has announced the election of seven members to its board of directors for the 2013-2015 term. The new and re-elected board members will join eight others already serving terms of the board. Newly elected board members are Tim Burns, president, CEO and co-founder of BioProcess Algae LLC, Jose Olivares, biofuels program manager for Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Todd Taylor, an attorney with Fredrikson & Byron P.A. Current board members re-elected to new two-year terms are David Hazlebeck of General Atomics, Margaret McCormick of Matrix Genetics, Paul Woods of Algenol Biofuels and Tim Zenk of Sapphire Energy.

ReEnergy Holdings adds executive
ReEnergy Holdings LLC has appointed Mark Fidler as its chief financial officer. Fidler will oversee all aspects of finance and accounting, banking, tax, audit, strategic planning, information technology, and corporate debt and equity financing activities. Before joining ReEnergy Holdings, Fidler served as chief financial officer for Ambient Corp.