Solazyme Taps Public Policy Veteran David Isaacs for SVP of Government Relations Role
Isaacs Previously Served as Head of HP Government Relations DC Office
South San Francisco, Calif. - May 25, 2009 - Solazyme, Inc., the renewable oil production company and leader in algal synthetic biology that creates sustainable fuels, industrial chemicals and health and wellness ingredients from microalgae, today announced that it has appointed David Isaacs senior vice president of government relations. In this role, Isaacs is responsible for formulating and executing Solazyme's public affairs strategy at the federal and state level.
Isaacs has more than 20 years of experience in government relations, most recently as director of government affairs for Hewlett-Packard (HP). As head of HP's Washington D.C. office, he was responsible for directing the company's policy development, advocacy and political programs before Congress and the administration on environment, energy and climate, technology policy, government procurement, intellectual property, tax and trade issues.
"With the government's heightened interest in sustainability and green technology, it is important that Solazyme maintain an ongoing dialogue with government officials and agencies," said Jonathan Wolfson, chief executive officer, Solazyme. "David's experience working across government bodies and his reputation among current and past policymakers will greatly enhance Solazyme's ability to educate federal and state officials on the positive impact our technology will have on the country's economy, national security and the environment."
"I'm excited about the opportunity to work with an innovative technology company to advance policies that are so critical to our environment, economy, and security. These issues are at the top of our country's policy agenda, and I look forward to helping make a difference in addressing these challenges," said David Isaacs, SVP of government relations for Solazyme.
The current administration's focus on renewable energy and the sustainability provisions within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) have signaled a change of tide in Washington. Solazyme is well positioned to answer this by making full-scale commercialization of renewable oil from algae a reality.
Isaacs received a bachelor's degree from Tufts University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Solazyme, Inc. is a renewable oil production company and the leader in algal synthetic biology. Solazyme’s unique microbial conversion technology process allows algae to produce oil in standard industrial facilities quickly, efficiently and at large scale. These oils are tailored not only for advanced biofuel production, but also as replacements for fossil petroleum and plant oils in a diverse range of products running from green household cleaning supplies to cosmetics and foods. The company was founded in 2003 and has its headquarters in South San Francisco, Calif. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.solazyme.com.
For more inforamtion contact:
Genet Garamendi, Solazyme Inc., 650-963-5228, ggaramendi [at] solazyme [dot] com
Beth Starkin, Peppercom, 212-931-6108, bstarkin [at] peppercom [dot] com