Green Bioactives (GBL), a world-leader in the discovery, development and sustainable production of high-value natural products derived from plant cell cultures, announces the engagement John Stevenson of 58|Seasgad to lead its bio-production development under a consultancy agreement. John will support GBL in scaling production of its plant-cell based biomanufacturing platform as the company initiates its expansion plans and launch of new products.
John has over 35 years engineering and biomanufacturing experience and has a proven track record of delivering complex projects across public, private and start-up companies. He has held Head of Engineering and Project Director roles at a number of companies including Suez Water Technologies & Solutions, William Grant & Sons and Celtic Renewables. As Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Celtic Renewables, John led the scale up from lab concept through to industrial operations to deliver sustainable biorefinery solutions with a mission to displace fossil fuels.
I look forward to working with the Green Bioactives team to develop the scale up of its technology
Most recently, John led a major plant upgrade for BioMar, a leading aquaculture company. John is a Chartered Project Professional and holds a BSc in Engineering and MBA in Engineering Management from the University of Bristol.
David McElroy, CEO of Green Bioactives, commented: “I am thrilled to welcome John to the team at Green Bioactives. His engagement represents a significant milestone for the company as we begin to scale up production of our natural products derived from plant cell cultures. John has proven experience in scaling biotechnologies from the lab through to commercialisation and his operational expertise will be invaluable to Green Bioactives at this exciting time for everyone at the company.”
John Stevenson added: “I am delighted to support Green Bioactives. GBL’s plant-cell based biomanufacturing platform is a hugely exciting technology and has significant potential to deliver natural products sustainably and economically to the nutraceutical, cosmetic, agricultural industries and beyond. I look forward to working with the Green Bioactives team to develop the scale up of its technology and to move towards the company’s goal of becoming the world’s leading supplier of safe, natural and sustainably-sourced plant-derived products.”