Our diverse team – which includes engineers, scientists, and business experts – allows us to tackle R&D and commercial challenges with a multidisciplinary approach. We are led by experienced advisors who offer leadership and career growth while fostering a culture of unity, creativity, and productivity.
Stéphane, our CEO and CTO, invented the Zymtronix core technology and remains the science and engineering lead of the company. His research at Cornell has been focused on microbial ecology, microbial and enzymatic activities, and nano-biotechnology methods to develop bioconversion processes for sustainable and renewable energy and products. He holds an MSc in Soil Science, Microbial Ecology, and Molecular Biology from the University Henri Poincare (Nancy, France). During his PhD, he studied plant-microbe interactions and dynamics applied to the conversion and biodegradation of toxic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH).
Matt, our Operations Manager, is an Ithaca native and graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. He splits his time between overseeing company operations and developing new materials and processes. In his spare time, he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, cycling, and hiking.
Wayne has served as a legal advisor to Zymtronix and its affiliates since April 2020. He serves as an Executive in Residence with the McGovern Family Center for Ventures in the Life Sciences for Cornell University at both the Ithaca and New York City campuses. Since February of 2014 he has been in solo private legal practice, and previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Novartis Finance Corporation from January 1997 until January 2014. He has also served in a variety of legal positions both with Novartis Corporation and affiliates, Sandoz Corporation, its predecessor, and with other companies and law firms since August 1975. He has been a member of the New York Bar since January 26, 1976.
Gary, our CFO, has over 30 years of CPA and operational experience. Beginning at Price Waterhouse, he then worked as Chief Auditor for a SEC-listed global manufacturer, then project lead for a worldwide implementation of SAP finance and controlling models. He was then made Director of Finance for Europe, then North American followed by International with global operations control over all financial manufacturing systems.
Chief Financial Officer
Alex is our Research and Development Manager, responsible for optimizing enzyme immobilization and integration with various carrier materials. Alex grew up in Liechtenstein and moved to Davis, CA in 2001 to study Chemistry. After receiving his PhD in Chemistry at Cornell University in 2011, he conducted postdoctoral work at Stanford and UC Berkeley with a focus on protein and bioactivity sensor development. In his free time, Alex enjoys open water swimming, hiking, and seeing his daughter grow up.
Joseph is our Materials Development and Quality Lead, responsible for designing functional materials and optimizing custom transformations for integration into the technology portfolio. Prior to joining Zymtronix, Joseph worked at Boston College and Voxtel, where his efforts were focused on developing next-generation materials for applications in energy and electronics/spintronics. He received his PhD in Materials Chemistry from Oregon State University and a BSc in Biochemistry from St. Edward’s University. Joseph enjoys trying new foods, playing music, puzzle games, and lounging.
Materials Development and Quality Lead
Hilary Mayton, is the Crop Protection Lead at Zymtronix and will continue with the development of ZymPure and ZymGuard seed treatments as well as new sustainable plant protection products. She obtained her PhD in Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology from Cornell University. She has over twenty years of research experience working in several laboratories at Cornell for 11 years and 5 years working on a bioenergy project in the Plant Breeding and Genetics department. She has spent the past four years working in the Seed Science and Technology Laboratory located at Cornell AgriTech.
Crop Protection Lead
Wenhui Zhang, our new Senior Scientist received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Analytical Chemistry from University of Science and Technology Beijing, and Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from University of Notre Dame. He was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Notre Dame from 2009-2013 and a research scientist at Omicron Biochemicals Inc. from 2013-2014. Before joining Zymtronix as a senior scientist, he worked at University of Notre Dame for six years as a research assistant professor with a focus on carbohydrate and carbohydrate related fields.
Kevin is our Associate Scientist; his responsibilities include conducting the main R&D experiments with our enzyme immobilization platform. Kevin graduated from SUNY Cobleskill in 2018 with a BSc in Biotechnology. Outside of the lab you can often find him exploring nature with his dog, Senni.
Keith is the Lead Chemical Engineer for Zymtronix and is a PhD process engineer with over six years of experience in scaling up bench-top R&D into pilot and commercial scales. During his career, Keith has worked with a wide range of materials such as catalysts, polymers, commodity chemicals, and nanomaterials, such as metal oxides and ceramics.
Lead Chemical Engineer
Joseph is a Chemical Engineer at Zymtronix with experience in process development and technology transfer, having successfully scaled technologies from the laboratory to pilot and commercial-scale manufacturing. His specialties include polymer composites and additive manufacturing.
Brandon is a Junior Chemical Engineer at Zymtronix. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Kansas, majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Business. Before joining Zymtronix, Brandon worked at a spirits distillery making craft whiskeys and vodka. His hobbies include playing piano, reading, going on runs with his dog, and training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Junior Chemical Engineer
Natalia is a Junior Chemical Engineer at Zymtronix. She completed her BSc in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. Prior to joining the Zymtronix teamf, she worked with an academic research team assisting their investigation of magnetic microspheres. She also interned at LORD Corporation as a technical support student associate, working closely with customers to ensure quick and satisfactory service.
Junior Chemical Engineer
Darci is our Business Admin and Bookkeeper. She got her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with her minor in Management, from the University of Wyoming. She handles various aspects of the business and operations side of the company. Her passions in business include Ethics and Organizational Behavior. Darci loves spending time with her dogs and cats or cooking something new and exciting.
Arnaldo Pérez Altuve joins our Business Development team with a background in Industrial Engineering. He has prior experience in product management, marketing, and consulting. He recently graduated with MBA and MEng degrees from Cornell University in 2020.
Business Development Associate
Stéphane, our Chairman of the Board, invented the Zymtronix core technology and remains the science and engineering lead of the company. His research at Cornell has been focused on microbial ecology, microbial and enzymatic activities, and nano-biotechnology methods to develop bioconversion processes for sustainable and renewable energy and products. He holds an MSc in Soil Science, Microbial Ecology, and Molecular Biology from the University Henri Poincare (Nancy, France). During his PhD, he studied plant-microbe interactions and dynamics applied to the conversion and biodegradation of toxic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH).
Chairman of the Board
Wayne has served as a Board member since January 2016. He serves as an Executive in Residence with the McGovern Family Center for Ventures in the Life Sciences for Cornell University at both the Ithaca and New York City campuses. Since February of 2014 he has been in solo private legal practice, and previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Novartis Finance Corporation from January 1997 until January 2014. He has also served in a variety of legal positions both with Novartis Corporation and affiliates, Sandoz Corporation, its predecessor, and with other companies and law firms since August 1975. He has been a member of the New York Bar since January 26, 1976.
Rob has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015. His leadership experience in successfully building and transforming businesses around the world includes more than two decades in senior executive roles, devoted to the formulation and implementation of strategy, to leading and coaching the development of organizations, and to leading their effective globalization. He was educated at Cornell University where he earned a BSc in Engineering and Applied Physics and an MBA. Selected for a scholarship in the Louvain–Cornell exchange program, he also earned a MSc in Applied Economics from Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
Michael joined the Board of Directors upon retiring from his position as CTO at Tate & Lyle. During his tenure at Tate & Lyle, he provided innovative solutions to complex strategic and tactical issues and successfully commercialized award winning, relevant new products. He has 30+ years of business and scientific leadership matching emerging technologies with customer insights and developing leading-edge products from discovery to commercialization. He also collaborated with Innovation Leadership to develop extraordinary talent into highly productive teams.
Adam joined the Zymtronix Board of Directors in 2020, after almost 30 years with Novozymes where he was President for North America until November 2019. He started with Novozymes in 1991, holding numerous roles from Recovery Engineer, Supply Chain Director for the Americas, Global Capacity Planning and North America leadership. Holding a bachelor in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas, his global expertise in enzyme innovation, markets, production, sales, and logistics is unrivaled and will be instrumental in the next phase of growth of Zymtronix.
Dr. Hughes completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Brunswick in 1994 and then completed a PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Toronto. In 2002, he started working at Merck Frosst by joining a newly formed satellite Process Chemistry group. In 2013, Dr. Hughes assumed a position as VP of Business Development and Alliance Management at Codexis. In 2016, Dr. Hughes returned to R&D at Merck, assuming his current position as a Principal Scientist in the Process Chemistry organization.
Soren has a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, Denmark and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. Since 2016 he has been member of the Scientific Advisor Board of Mimetics Bioscience. Soren’s work with industrial enzymes and biotechnology has spanned 41 years of international experience in Novozymes A/S. His experience ranges from general management of international subsidiaries over sales and marketing management, to management of technical service laboratory activities, customer service and logistics.
Tony is a chemist and enzymologist by training. He received his PhD from Imperial College London and completed post-doctoral studies under Professor Sir Alan Fersht FRS at the University of Cambridge. Tony is a seasoned biotechnology executive, with over 25 years of experience and leadership roles in both R&D and Business Development. In addition, Tony has experience with scale-up and regulatory approval of algal derived products, including novel food ingredients.
Dr. Huqiu Zhang is a chemist with over 25 years of professional product stewardship experience in the chemicals, materials, food & beverage, and consumer products industries, including work with large corporations operating worldwide. She brings with her advanced expertise in chemical safety and regulatory compliance consulting services for manufacturers, processors, and packagers. She started her career with GE Plastics, managing their global food contact and healthcare programs, and was the Director of Packaging, Scientific, and Regulatory Affairs at Coca Cola. She received her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Mike Arbige is a 40-year veteran in the field of biotechnology and has served in many roles throughout his career, most recently as the Vice President of R&D for Dupont’s biosciences group. Mike and his teams have helped create more than 300 products in the fields of animal health and nutrition, human health and nutrition, home and personal care, household cleaning, fuels, grain processing, foods, textiles, microbial control, and the materials industry. Mike is a Microbial Physiologist and Microbial Geneticist by training and received his PhD from the University of New Hampshire.