Jim Millis Chief Technology Officer BioAmber, Inc.
The Raphael Katzen Award recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to enable and further the deployment and commercialization of biotechnology to produce fuels and chemicals from renewable resources. This award is named in honor of Dr. Raphael Katzen, a pioneer in scaling up and commercializing technologies for converting renewable feedstocks into fuels and chemicals.
Jim Millis has worked in the field of industrial biotechnology for over 30 years. Prior to joining us at BioAmber, he served as the CEO of Draths Corporation from 2007-2009 and as Technical Director for Cargill’s Industrial Bioproducts business unit from 2001-2007, during which time new chemical businesses were created in biobased urethane polyols, biobased acrylic acid and in the application of metathesis chemistry, the latter now Elevance Renewable Sciences. His earlier positions included business and technical leadership roles at Maxygen (now Codexis) and Bio-Technical Resources. Jim has been involved in the commercial development and scale-up of several technologies, spanning fermentation and chemical catalysis, and has more than 20 issued U.S. Patents.