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Together we are leading the world’s transition to clean chemistry

Our Leadership

We are a team of scientists, doctors, engineers and innovators working together to decarbonize the chemicals industry. In that pursuit, we draw on diverse experiences, deep expertise, and a relentless commitment to clean chemistry for the world.

Founders

Gaurab Chakrabarti

CEO, Co-Founder

Gaurab is the co-founder and CEO of Solugen. As a physician-scientist, Gaurab took an oath to first do no harm—and for him, that goes beyond patients or medicine. So in 2016, he started Solugen to decarbonize the chemicals industry, one of the most damaging for people and the Earth. Gaurab believes in using biology in unconventional ways to solve incredibly complex problems and is building a world-class team to join him on the journey.
Gaurab is the co-founder and CEO of Solugen. As a physician-scientist, Gaurab took an oath to first do no harm—and for him, that goes beyond patients or medicine. So in 2016, he started Solugen to decarbonize the chemicals industry, one of the most damaging for people and the Earth. Gaurab believes in using biology in unconventional ways to solve incredibly complex problems and is building a world-class team to join him on the journey. Gaurab studied computational neuroscience as an undergraduate at Brown University and received his MD & PhD in cancer biology and enzymology at the University of Texas. He is an author or co-author on more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and patents, and he is a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Industry and Manufacturing.

Sean Hunt

CTO, Co-Founder

Sean is the co-founder and CTO of Solugen. He focuses on utilizing novel metal catalysts, scaling up proprietary process technologies, and developing the framework for Solugen’s molecule factories. His engineering endeavors have spanned a wide range of industries and applications, working as fuel cell engineer for the U.S. Navy, a vaccine and API process engineer for Merck in Singapore, and a Cocoa Puff engineer at General Mills.
Sean is the co-founder and CTO of Solugen. He focuses on utilizing novel metal catalysts, scaling up proprietary chemienzymatic process technologies, and developing the framework for Solugen’s molecule factories: the Bioforge. His engineering endeavors have spanned a wide range of industries and applications, working as fuel cell engineer for the U.S. Navy, a vaccine and API process engineer for Merck in Singapore, and a Cocoa Puff engineer at General Mills. Sean holds a PhD in chemical engineering from MIT where he studied renewable energy and green chemical manufacturing on metal catalysts as an NSF graduate research fellow. He is a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Industry and Manufacturing and co-author on more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and patents, including first author publications in Science, Angewandte Chemie, and Energy and Environmental Science. He lives in Houston with his wife and two Pomeranians.

Commercial & Infrastructure

Tom Richardson

Chief Commercial Officer

Tom leads the company’s commercial efforts to put more sustainable solutions in the hands of our customers. With more than 15 years of experience bringing chemical solutions to market with chemical majors like BASF, DuPont, and Dow, Tom brings a problem solver attitude and a passion for doing good while doing business.

Reynaldo Aloy

Chief Finance Officer

Avery Schulz

VP of Strategy

Avery oversees Solugen’s strategic planning, business operations, financing, and community engagement. Prior to joining Solugen, Avery spent several years at Bain & Co., focusing on consulting and commercial due diligence for private equity within the energy and industrial sector. Avery holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

Will Crimmins

VP of Business Development

Will leads Solugen’s strategic partnership initiatives globally. Since joining Solugen in 2019, he has been a driving force in expanding the company’s customer base and market presence. Before joining Solugen, Will spent more than a decade delighting customers, leading sales teams, and scaling revenue at specialty companies across the energy, water treatment, and food industries.

Sean Liu

Strategic Advisor

Sean is a partner at Founder Fund, one of Solugen’s earliest investors. He previously led Solugen’s finance organization, spearheading our efforts in investor relations, strategy, and M&A. He continues to stay engaged in Solugen as a strategic advisor. Sean holds a B.S. in Foreign Service and over a decade of leadership experience at top global investment firms.

Science, Technology & Operations

Caitlin Molloy

VP of Manufacturing

Caitlin leads the operations and supply chain teams at the company’s manufacturing and distribution sites to make and deliver high quality products to satisfy our customer’s needs. During her tenure at Solugen, Caitlin has been responsible for capital projects ranging from interior design to constructing and commissioning of Bioforge Houston. She also led the building up the team to operate a first of its kind chemical facility. Prior to joining Solugen, Caitlin worked as an Operations Support Engineer at ExxonMobil on Gulf of Mexico production platforms and Project Manager at North America’s largest refinery with Motiva Enterprises (Shell/Saudi Aramco JV).

Konrad Miller

VP of Manufacturing, Science & Technology

Konrad leads the company’s process development team and translation of scientific breakthroughs into scalable new technologies and products. He holds vast expertise in rapid technology development & scaleup, and is an Assistant Professor at UC Davis focusing on food & bioprocess engineering.

Ken Keckler

Chief Engineer

Ken oversees process engineering, front-end project engineering, and first project implementation for the company's novel chemienzymatic processes. With nearly 45 years of experience in the refining and chemical industries, Ken is a high-impact player known for designing and implementing production facilities and processes globally. His expertise spans from conceptualizing novel technologies to pilot plant development, first demonstration, and commercialization. Ken's leadership was instrumental in developing and optimizing Solugen’s Bioforge facility in Houston and advancing new technologies from R&D to commercial applications. Currently, he leads the front-end process design for Solugen's new Bioforge Marshall facility and drives additional developments at Bioforge Houston.

Carlos Gomez Uribe

VP of Machine Learning & AI

Carlos works on accelerating the discovery and development of more sustainable chemical processes. His main areas of focus include chemical process optimization, and enzyme design. Prior to joining Solugen, Carlos spent over a decade at Netflix, Google, Facebook and Apple moving digital bits to build large scale digital products. Now, Carlos hopes to use machine learning to move atoms in order to expedite the arrival of a sustainable future. Carlos has degrees in Mathematics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Statistics and Medical Engineering.

Yuri Roman

Professor in Residence

Yuri serves as Solugen’s Professor in Residence, supporting efforts to bring innovative molecules to market by providing strategic guidance to our heterogeneous metal catalysis team. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 under the mentorship of Prof. James Dumesic. Following his doctoral studies, Yuri conducted a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Caltech, focusing on zeolite synthesis with Prof. Mark E. Davis. In 2010, he joined MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering as an Assistant Professor, progressing to Associate Professor in 2014 and Full Professor in 2020. Yuri's research, at the intersection of heterogeneous catalysis and materials science, encompasses catalyst design, kinetic studies, and reaction engineering to explore chemical transformations in reactive environments.

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