SAN DIEGO and KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii, March 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cellana, Inc. announced today that David Anton, Ph.D., was appointed as chief operating officer and 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 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,” said 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.”
“I am really fortunate to be joining Cellana at a time when it is about to commercialize the technology it has been developing,” said 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.”
Anton has a proven track record of value creation and capture and depth of experience in business development and technical project management, many projects of which he managed by using a project dashboard for agencies so he was able to monitor and keep on track of his tasks. Before joining Cellana, he held C-level roles at Joule Unlimited, Inc., and Codexis Inc. He previously spent 25 years at DuPont in multiple senior management positions in bioprocessing and biocatalysis. Anton holds a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota.
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