Company Overview

What We Do

Starting with microalgae, the world’s original oil producer, Solazyme creates new, sustainable, high-performance products. These include renewable oils and powerhouse ingredients that serve as the foundation for healthier foods; better home, personal care and industrial products; and more sustainable fuels. Our best-in-class oils and ingredients don’t just deliver long-term, sustainable alternatives to traditional sources — they can also improve the quality and performance of virtually any product formulated with them.

 

 

Company Strategy

How We Do It

With a breakthrough production process, Solazyme is revolutionizing the way the world makes oil. We’re tackling some of today’s biggest issues — like sustainability, resource scarcity and traceability — with microalgae, the world’s original oil producer. After identifying oil profiles that can improve both the health profiles and performance of products, we develop those oils with microalgae, providing alternatives to limited resources like petroleum, vegetable oils and animal fats. The result? First-of-a-kind, high-performance oils that are better for people and better for the planet.

 


 

A Message from the CEO

For more than a decade, folks at Solazyme have been working tirelessly to solve some of the world’s biggest problems with one of its smallest and most ancient life forms: microalgae. We strive to set the gold standard for rapid, responsible and sustainable development of technology and products. We have audacious goals focused on improving the planet and the lives of its occupants. We can’t do this effectively unless we are strong advocates for, and practitioners of, corporate accountability and transparency. We are committed to living up to this ideal.

Solazyme has been propelled over the years by an extraordinary group of people. Our employees, customers, partners and investors have been and will continue to be our greatest resources. As we continue to focus on growing our business, generating returns for our stockholders, delighting our customers with innovative products, engaging public stakeholders and making the planet a better place to live, I would like to say “thank you” to the many who fuel our progress.

-Jonathan Wolfson

 

The Solazyme Management Team

 

Jonathan S. Wolfson

Co-founder, CEO of Solazyme

Jonathan S. Wolfson

Jonathan S. Wolfson is Solazyme’s co-founder and CEO. Jonathan has directed Solazyme’s overall strategy and execution since inception, leading Forbes to name him one of the “12 Most Disruptive Names in Business”.  Biofuels Digest named him the #1 CEO in the top 100 people in the Bioeconomy, and led Solazyme’s selection as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. He is an actively involved in the Center for American Progress (CAP) Clean Tech Council and sits on the board of directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). He earned his JD and MBA degrees from NYU School of Law and NYU Stern School of Business.

Peter Licari Ph.D

Chief Technology

Peter Licari Ph.D


Peter is Solazyme’s Chief Technology Officer. He has more than 20 years of experience in biochemical engineering and bioprocessing, including 10 years with cancer therapeutics company Kosan Biosciences (acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2008). Prior to joining Kosan Biosciences, Peter was the director of Vaccine Manufacturing and Development at Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories – one of the only publicly-operated, FDA-licensed vaccine manufacturing facilities. He holds his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Tyler Painter

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Tyler Painter

Tyler serves as Solazyme’s Chief Financial Officer, bringing more than 15 years of experience in financial management and investor relations. Before joining Solazyme, Tyler worked at several publicly traded companies, including CarsDirect and Gap. He most recently served as Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations and Corporate Treasurer for Wind River Systems (acquired by Intel in 2009). Tyler received his bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


 

David Cole

President

David Cole

David is Solazyme’s President and oversees strategic operations and planning. He has served as a strategic advisor to Solazyme since 2010. He brings more than 30 years of knowledge of the development of disruptive technologies, having served in management roles at AOL New Enterprises, software developer Ashton-Tate, and organic food company Acirca. David was instrumental in the creation of both the Brazil Renewable Energy Company and Hawaii BioEnergy. Mr. Cole has served on the boards of notable nonprofits, including World Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy Board of Governors and Sesame Workshop. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Frederic Stoeckel

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Health Sciences

Frederic Stoeckel

Frederic is Solazyme’s Senior Vice President of Health Sciences leading the development, launch and marketing strategy for Algenist, Solazyme’s microalgae-based luxury personal care. Before joining Solazyme, he managed the strategic launch of L’Occitane’s organic skincare brand Melvita. He also held several marketing positions at L’Oreal Group, including overseeing marketing and communications strategies for Lancome France. He is a graduate of ESCP Europe – the world’s first business school.

Paul Quinlan

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Paul Quinlan

Paul is Solazyme’s General Counsel, overseeing legal matters including corporate transactions, intellectual property, securities compliance and corporate governance. Paul joined Solazyme with more than 10 years of in-house legal counsel experience for biotechnology companies like Metabolex, Inc. (now Cymabay Therapeutics) and Maxygen. He also served as an associate at Cooley LLP and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Paul holds a master’s degree in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Columbia University Law School.

 

The Board of Directors

 

Jonathan S. Wolfson

Co-founder, CEO of Solazyme

Jonathan S. Wolfson

Peter Kovacs

Former President and CEO, NutraSweet Kelco Company

Peter Kovacs

Ian Clark

CEO, Genentech

Ian Clark

Jerry Fiddler

Founder and former CEO of Wind River Systems

Jerry Fiddler

Michael V. Arbige, Ph.D

EVP, Genencor

Michael V. Arbige, Ph.D

James R. Craigie

Chairman and CEO, Church & Dwight Co.

James R. Craigie

Ann Mather

Lead Director, MGM Holdings; Google Board Member

Ann Mather

David C. Cole

President, Solazyme

David C. Cole