Commercializing Green Chemistry and Biomass-Derived Product Lines
Portrait of Joseph Priestley, attributed to Ozias Humphrey (British, 1742–1810). The Chemists’ Club Collection, CHF Collections. Photo by Will Brown.
This installment of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series included the symposium “Commercializing Green Chemistry and Biomass-Derived Product Lines,” moderated by Greg W. Clutter, chief operating officer, Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC).
Keith A. Pauley, president and CEO, MATRIC, delivered the keynote address “MATRIC’s Innovation Life-Cycle Model: From Beakers to Business.”
About the speakers:
Keith A. Pauley
Keith Pauley was appointed president and CEO of MATRIC in April 2004. He brought to the company more than sixteen years of technical experience in the development of high-technology systems for various governmental and commercial customers. Pauley has played key roles in management and technical leadership for NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as General Motors, Boeing, and Lockheed-Martin. He supported nuclear research for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for nine years and managed the $500 million technology-development program for the space shuttle and space station at the Johnson Space Center for seven years. Pauley holds a B.S. and an M.S. in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University.
Greg W. Clutter
Greg Clutter currently serves as chief operating officer at the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC), where he is responsible for many of the operational and administrative aspects of the company and its related subsidiaries. Clutter also leads the commercialization efforts of intellectual properties developed in-house at MATRIC. This work includes the establishment of start-up companies, the creation of licensing arrangements, and the day-to-day management of MATRIC’s intellectual property and equity holding company, Mid-Atlantic Holdings. Clutter joined MATRIC after having served as the director of the INNOVA Group, where he managed a West Virginia‒focused seed-stage investment fund and a statewide entrepreneurship initiative. He previously held positions in product and commercial marketing, customer service, and operations at Nortel in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, where he focused on the launch and delivery of new, carrier-grade Voice over Internet Protocol products and solutions. Before joining Nortel, Clutter served as a senior accountant with Deloitte in Charlotte, North Carolina, and he is still a registered certified public accountant in West Virginia. He currently serves on the boards of directors of TechConnect West Virginia and Chestnut Mountain Ranch, Inc., and is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the INNOVA Group. Greg received his B.S. in business administration (summa cum laude) from West Virginia University and earned an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Dilum Dunuwila is BioAmber’s longest-serving employee, having been with the company since 1999. Dunuwila is the coinventor of several succinic acid‒related patents, including formulations, applications, and separations that are at the core of BioAmber’s technology platform. He has served as the principal investigator on several SBIR grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Navy. Dunuwila received a B.S. in chemistry and an M.S. and a PhD. in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.
John Sawyer has broad experience in chemical engineering, having worked as a process engineer and research engineer with ICI Americas, as a catalyst development engineer and pilot-plant supervisor with AlliedSignal, as pilot-plant manager for Atofina, as plant manager/general manager for Toxco, and as a principal in JM Biolabs. He has also held the positions of assistant professor of chemistry and interim department chair at Rogers State University, Claremore, Oklahoma. Sawyer received a B.S in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.E. and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa, and an M.B.A. from the University of Tulsa.
Rod Williamson received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural mechanization from Iowa State University. While he was in school, he was owner and operator of a custom farming business that baled hay and corn stover.
After graduation Williamson began working for the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Corn Promotion Board. He first started working in sales and marketing, and then became involved in policy as a lobbyist for the organization dealing with the state and federal policy makers.
Currently, Williamson serves as the director of research and development for Iowa Corn. This position involves funding research initiatives, negotiating research and license agreements, developing a patent strategy, and commercializing new technology for biofuels, bioproducts, and biotechnology.
He also serves on the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Department of Energy Biomass Technical Advisory Committee and the Iowa State University Biobased Industry Center board.