Ray W. Miller, joined DuPont after earning his chemical Engineering degree in Georgia Tech in 1972. After numerous assignments in chemicals, polymer intermediates and downstream polymer businesses, in 1990 Mr. Miller was named Technology Manager, DuPont Nylon Enterprise. In 1995, Mr. Miller launched Sorona Triexta, which later became the first DuPont polymer platform to use a bio-based raw material. He also initiated joint development programs with Genencor and Tate & Lyle of Bio-PDO.
In December 2002, Mr. Miller was appointed Program Director, Biorefinery Developoment, leading a consortium of partners in a $38MM DOE program which created technology for cellulosic ethanol. In May 2005, Mr. Miller organized and launched a bio-based performance polyols business, DuPont Cerenol. In June 2010, Mr. Miller was named Global Business Development Manager, Biomaterials and Specialties, until his retirement from DuPont at the end of December, 2011.
On May 14, 2012, Mr. Miller assumed his current position of Chief Business Officer at Verdezyne, Inc, a small, innovative biomaterials company located in Carlsbard, California.
Mr. Miller was inducted into the Georgia Tech Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni in 2001. He was part of the joint DuPont/Genencor team that received the 2003 EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award for "Microbial Production of 1,3-propanediol". He has been recognized by DuPont with 5 corporate excellence awards, including the prestigious Bolton-Carothers Award for the development of Sorona and the Sales and Marketing Excellence for successfully petitioning the FTC to obtain a new sub-generic "triexta" for PTT fibers. Mr. Miller is an inventor of 8 issued patents, has published 5 journal articles and has made numerous presentations to conferences on bio-based materials and bio fuels.
Barbara DeHaven is Business Development Manager in the Delaware Economic Development Office. She has been with this state agency since 2001, previously holding positions as Chemical Market Leader and a Workforce Development Representative. Ms DeHaven has 20 years of industrial experience, beginning her career in the lab, then moving into manufacturing, quality control and quality assurance. Along the way, she also became a certified secondary science teacher and was involved in training. Ms DeHaven has a varied background in project management, research and testing, quality systems, as well as supply chain auditing. She received her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from James Madison University in Virginia.
Lori A Palmer, a Partner at Trellist Marketing and Technology, oversees external partnerships, acquisitions and the business strategy practice area. Ms. Palmer has over 20 years of diverse international experience in chemicals and materials manufacturing and P&L management, strategy development, product innovation and sales. Ms. Palmer most recently served as Vice President of Marketing at Solenis, LLC, a $2 Bn revenue specialty chemical business. In this role she developed business strategies and acquisition plans for multiple industrial markets.
Based in The Chemours Company's Chemical Technology Group, Robert Giraud advises Company business segments on the assessment and optimization of existing and new chemical processes and products from an environmental and sustainability perspective. Created from the DuPont performance chemicals businesses, The Chemours Company is a new company committed to being catalysts for change in order to help create a colorful, capable, and cleaner world through the power of chemistry. Since co-authoring DuPont's corporate Waste Minimization Guidance Manual in 1987, Robert has worked with business, R&D, and manufacturing staff across the Company to craft integrated technical solutions for meeting evolving environmental needs largely using what has come to be known as Green Chemistry and Engineering.
Robert has led or served on interdisciplinary teams whose work has been recognized with one R&D 100 award (R&D Magazine), two USEPA National Partnership for Environmental Priorities Achievement Awards, Three DuPont Engineering Excellence Awards, one DuPont Sustainable Growth Excellence Award, and one DuPont Environmental Excellence Award. An active participant in Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) project teams, he is part of a group honored as a 2015 GC3 Champion in recognition of leadership in advancing safer chemistry and a healthier plant. Robert has served on various USEPA technical advisory groups, represented DuPont on the ACS Green Chemistry Institute Chemical Manufacturers Roundtable, and volunteered in a community-based conservation program to preserve the Delaware Estuary. His publications and conference presentations span a range of environmental chemistry and engineering topics. Robert graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and also earned a master's degree in chemical engineering from Tulane.
Divya Tewari currently serves as business director for Pharmaceutical business at Ashland. Most recently she was leading the new product research and development group globally as well as technical services for North America region. Prior to joining Ashland in 2004, she worked at various generic pharmaceutical companies. She has extensive experience in design and development of cellulosics and acetylenic polymers and development of oral solid dosage forms. She holds a BS in Pharmacy from Birla Institute of Technology, India; Master of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutics from Birla Institute Technology and Sciences, India and MS in Industrial Pharmacy from St. Johns University, NY. She has published several research articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored several book chapters and holds 12 granted patents. She has numerous poster presentations at national & international conferences. She is a member of AAPS and Controlled Release Society.
Tracy Morgan, is the Managing Partner of North Star Strategies. Her current work is focused on assisting organizations in strategic planning initiatives. As a certified partner of SchellingPoint, she employs their leading edge technology in combination with her training and experience to foster groups of people that come together on these initiatives, leading to improved execution. Prior to founding North Star Strategies, Ms Morgan was Director of Consulting at Gates & Company, a leading management consulting and investment banking firm in the region. For the past 20 years, she has been focused on new product and venture launches in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and electronics industries and has extensive experience in niche market development, program implementation, and financial modeling.
Ms. Morgan earned a chemical engineering degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University. She has volunteered in many regional economic development activities including DESCA, chemical cluster intitiatives in Philadelphia and Delaware, and the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Institute.
Bryan Tracy, PhD, is CEO and Lead Scientist of Elcriton, Inc., which is a University of Delaware spin-out company focused on the commercialization of renewable, biochemical technologies. As an entrepreneur, he has raised >$1.7 million to see Elcriton's biochemical production technologies, and served as the technical lead on all research and development tasks. He has considerable experience with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants, and was recently awarded an Israel-US Binational Industrial Research & Development Energy Grant to advance Elcriton's next generation biobutanol technologies. Dr. Tracy is an expert in bioprocess development and microbial genetic engineering, which he has leveraged to develop strategic relationships with multiple top 50 global chemical companies. Outside of business and technology development, he guest lectures and advises student projects for the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Delaware, and advocates Delaware K-12 STEM education through numerous volunteer activities. Dr. Tracy is a Fellow of Leadership Delaware.
Dr. Tracy earned a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Northwestern University, where he was a Cabell Fellow and NIH Predoctoral Biotechnology Engineering Fellow. He earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University, where he was also a cooperative education student at Novozymes N/A.
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