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January 18th 2017:The Plant Bottle Revolution

Companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Suntory, Heinz, SeaWorld and Ford have embarked on the search for technology to make a durable, clear plastic bottle entirely from renewable resources. Recently, two technologies have emerged as potential winners. Suntory has invested in Anellotech and Coca-Cola has invested in Avantium. In today's program, we'll talk with Avantium CEO Tom van Aken and Anellotech CEO David Sudolsky to see how close we are getting to a clear plastic bottle that doesn't require petroleum to be taken from the ground, and doesn't add to global carbon emissions. Also, we'll look at

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Tom van Aken

Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands and worked at DSM from 1996 till 2002. At DSM he held commercial positions, primarily in DSM’s fine chemicals and life sciences business in the USA and the Netherlands. In 2002, he joined Avantium as VP of Business Development and became Chief Executive Officer of Avantium in 2005. At Avantium he led the company through the transition to become a focused chemical and cleantech company by divesting its pharmaceutical business and by the development of the YXY technology.
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David Sudolsky

David Sudolsky, who co-founded Anellotech with George Huber, secured the initial angel funding for the company, recruited the management team and scientific advisory board, and is leading the expansion of the company. Prior to joining Anellotech, he was a business officer or CEO of five biotechnology, specialty pharmaceutical and bioprocessing start-ups, one of which (Dura Pharmaceuticals) was sold for $1.8 billion. David has hands-on chemical engineering experience in process design and refinery plant startups with Union Carbide, and work at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He and his wife, Marcia, are firm believers in environmental education and led a successful five-year effort ending in 2011 t
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David Dodds

As President of Dodds & Associates, David Dodds brings clients 30 years of experience at the interface of chemistry and biotechnology, and over 25 years experience building and leading multi-disciplinary scientific teams in Biotechnology and Chemical Process Development organizations. With a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, post-doctoral work in molecular biology, and industrial experience combining organic synthesis, biotechnology, biocatalysis, plus natural product fermentation and downstream processing, he provides a unique combination of skills. Within both start-up and big pharma organizations, he has a record of successfully bringing together scientific disciplines in projec
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