The Company Founder


Dr. Jose M. Escovar Kousen has 25+ years experience in the fields of bioprocesses (fermentation and cell culture), biofuels, bio based organic acids, nutraceuticals, brewing and food products. He has worked with over 10 companies and academic institutions from multinational giants such BP Biofuels, Bayer and Novozymes to start-ups such as Zeachem and middle size companies like Martek (now DSM) and Aventine Energy.

He has been or is currently a consultant and/or technical advisor to 3 companies working in biofuels (biodiesel), food (baker yeast) and biologicals for agriculture. He has been Founder and/or Chief Scientific Advisor of two start-up companies in Latin America (dairy products and membrane water treatment) and a biofuel startup in the USA. He has submitted 3 US provisional patents and 1 granted patent, as well as 5 IP disclosures to clients and employers. He has given several short courses on fermentation and membrane technology in Latin America.

He is a Fulbright scholar and has a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota; a MS and a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering & Food Science from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston. He conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana on membrane applications to biologicals processes