Accelerating the world’s transformation to

sustainable

materials

our story

In 1998, Christophe Schilling set us on our pioneering journey with an early vision for how biology could hold the key to changing how materials are made, replacing the fossil fuels involved in the process with plants. That vision has attracted some of the best and brightest minds, who have proven that concept and brought it to market – from ideation to commercial realization. Starting with early experiments, Genomatica is now producing sustainable materials with almost unlimited applications.

1998

Christophe Schilling founds Genomatica together with renowned bioengineering professor Bernhard Palsson, while finishing his Ph.D.

2008

Produce Genomatica’s first bio-based chemical 1,4-butanediol (BDO), which wins the Kirkpatrick Award in 2013.

2016

Novamont opens world’s first bio-based plant for a major intermediate chemical using geno BDO™ technology.

2017

Announce the geno BG™ (butylene glycol for the beauty industry) process.

2019

Begin commercial-scale shipments of Brontide® for natural cosmetic products and partner with Covestro to develop high-performance materials from plants.

2020

Win 3rd EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award for Brontide® and announce a demonstration-scale facility for plant-based nylon-6 with Aquafil.

2021

Second commercial plant using Genomatica process. geno BDO™ technology licensed to Qore® to produce 1,4-butanediol (BDO) under its brand QIRA®. lululemon makes its first-ever sustainable materials investment, accelerating their goal to transform its largest material by volume, nylon.

2022

Launch geno’s plant-based nylon and Avela™.

1998

Christophe Schilling founds Genomatica together with renowned bioengineering professor Bernhard Palsson, while finishing his Ph.D.

2008

Produce Genomatica’s first bio-based chemical 1,4-butanediol (BDO), which wins the Kirkpatrick Award in 2013.

2016

Novamont opens world’s first bio-based plant for a major intermediate chemical using geno BDO™ technology.

2017

Announce the geno BG™ (butylene glycol for the beauty industry) process.

2019

Begin commercial-scale shipments of Brontide® for natural cosmetic products and partner with Covestro to develop high-performance materials from plants.

2020

Win 3rd EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award for Brontide® and announce a demonstration-scale facility for plant-based nylon-6 with Aquafil.

2021

Second commercial plant using Genomatica process. geno BDO™ technology licensed to Qore® to produce 1,4-butanediol (BDO) under its brand QIRA®. lululemon makes its first-ever sustainable materials investment, accelerating their goal to transform its largest material by volume, nylon.

2022

Launch geno’s plant-based nylon and Avela™.

what makes

us different

geno combines advanced bioengineering, powerful computer modeling, and proven industrial engineering best practices to create more sustainable materials. We embed a love for people and the planet in everything we do. More than 20 years in geno’s technology is a driver of more sustainable materials, used in hundreds of products globally, with many more in the pipeline. Our geno technology enables brands to source more sustainable materials to make the everyday products the world relies on.

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our leadership

Nelson has served as our senior vice president of Research and Development since October 2015, after joining Genomatica in October 2011 as our vice president of Research and Development. Nelson leads R&D from ideation through technology transfer as well as continues to advance our technology platform. From 2000 to 2011, Nelson held several roles at Verenium Corporation (formerly Diversa Corporation), including vice president, R&D from 2008 to 2009, sr. vice president, R&D from 2009 to 2010 and head of R&D starting in 2010 when Verenium’s biofuels business was acquired by BP Biofuels Corporation. From 1996 to 2000, he was fermentation scientist and manager, R&D Biologics with Calbiochem-Novabiochem. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Arts in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami, School of Medicine. Nelson was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, Department of Cell and Development Biology and a Howard Hughes fellow at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Pharmacology.

Nelson Barton

Nelson Barton

Research and Development

Amy has served as our vice president, people and culture since August 2018. Amy is the longest-serving employee at geno after Christophe Schilling, since joining the firm in 2001. Amy leads all people and culture initiatives focused on a philosophy of purpose and trust, while driving processes for a high-performance organization. As a member of Women in Bio Executive Roundtable, Amy is passionate about mentoring female scientists and engineers into leadership roles, as well as speaking publicly on culture and emotional intelligence (EQ). She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Amy Buono

Amy Buono

People and Culture

Carlos joined our board of directors in July 2015 as executive chairman. From 1973 to 2009 he was at UOP LLC, now a Honeywell company. He served as chairman, president, and chief executive officer from 2005 to 2009, strengthening UOP’s position as the leading licensor of chemistry-based technology to oil and gas firms worldwide. Carlos is also a distinguished associate at FGE, a global energy consultancy, and serves on the board of directors of the Gas Technology Institute. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and serves on the advisory board of the Chemical Engineering Department at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is also a board member of the Loker Institute at the University of Southern California. Previously, Carlos served as an independent director for Ivanhoe Energy from 2010 to 2015 (and executive chairman from 2011 to 2015); independent director for Gevo from 2010 to 2015; and president and CEO of the National Institute of Clean and Low Carbon Energy from 2009 to 2011. Carlos holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky.

Carlos A. Cabrera

Carlos A. Cabrera

Executive Chairman

Sasha joined geno in January 2021, where she is head of impact (Sustainability, Government Affairs, Corporate Communications, ESG Investor Relations, and PR). Prior to joining geno, Sasha led Sustainability at Beautycounter, where she built the beauty brand’s responsible sourcing, sustainable packaging, and climate action programs. From 2015 to 2018, she was the director of corporate social responsibility and impact at Josie Maran Cosmetics. Sasha is also the founder of Resilience, an impact agency that works with CPGs and private equity firms and funds to consult on ESG and risk mitigation. Sasha has a master’s degree from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in responsible management and sustainable economic development and a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology with a concentration in finance from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2016, Sasha was awarded GreenBiz’s 30 Under 30 and in 2019 was honored on Assent’s Top 100 in CSR list. Sasha also serves as the chair of Surfrider Los Angeles, Pando Populus’ CSO Taskforce, and B Corp’s Climate Collaborative Working Group on Sustainable Packaging.

Sasha Calder

Sasha Calder

Impact

Kaspar has served as our executive vice president, Commercial, since April 2014, after serving as senior consultant starting in December 2013. He leads our Intermediate Chemicals and Bioengineering Solutions business units, with P&L responsibility. From 2011 to 2013, he was at Ferrostaal AG (GmbH), as executive vice president and managing director of industrial projects. From 2000 to 2011, he was at Basell, which later became LyondellBasell. He held multiple executive roles, most recently as vice president, Licensing. From 1989 to 2000, he held management, engineering, and research roles at BASF and its spinout Elenac. Kaspar earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Konstanz, Germany, served as a research fellow at the California Institute of Technology, and is named on more than 30 patents.

Kaspar Evertz

Kaspar Evertz

Commercial

Kumud joined geno in January 2022, with 25 years of experience in the chemicals & materials industry. From 2015 to 2021, Kumud served as vice president with full P&L responsibility for the Nylon Solutions business at AdvanSix, and also led the strategy and marketing functions of the company before stepping into her general management role. Between 2005 and 2015, Kumud held a variety of commercial leadership roles covering strategy, marketing, sales, and business development at DuPont and W.L. Gore & Associates, also spending five years in Singapore actively engaged in Southeast Asia markets. Kumud started her career in California working on semiconductor technologies in several engineering and operational roles at capital equipment companies Novellus Systems Inc. and Watkins-Johnson, from 1995 to 2004. Kumud holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, as well as M.S. and B.S. degrees in chemical engineering from the Washington State University and the Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai respectively.

Kumud Goyal

Kumud Goyal

Nylon Products

John joined geno in May 2022, as executive vice president, Ventures, with over 30 years of global experience in technology commercialization, licensing, international project development and execution, and manufacturing. He is a proven executive leader of technology-focused businesses with a track record of driving growth through innovation and a customer-centric philosophy. From 1992 to 2021, John was with UOP LLC, now a Honeywell company. During his tenure, John led several global technology businesses in key market verticals including Refining, Petrochemicals, and Gas Processing. From 2018 to 2021, John served as UOP’s president & CEO, where he led their strategic pivot to become a global leader of sustainable technology solutions. Through that pivot, John led the successful incubation and launch of sustainable technology solutions and new business models in the areas of plastics recycling, carbon capture, renewable fuels, and energy storage. John holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil & environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He also currently serves as an advisory board member for the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s College of Engineering.

John G. Gugel

John G. Gugel

Ventures

Tom has served as geno senior vice president, Finance and chief financial officer since December 2018 and joined the geno team back in 2010. Tom brings over 20 years of public and private experience. Prior to geno, he was executive director of finance and controller at Somaxon Pharmaceuticals (SOMX). Previously, he was director of finance and controller at Instromedix, a technology-based manufacturing company. He started his career in audit services at PwC. Tom has a B.A. in business economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a certified public accountant.

Tom McDonald

Tom McDonald

Finance

our investors

viking
tharsis advisors
tenere
novo holdings
lululemon
ginkgo
irving
casdin