January 02, 2018
Triton Algae Innovations Announces Key Strategic Hire
Brings on Experienced International Fermentation Expert
Triton Algae Innovations, a San Diego-based startup company which has developed a proprietary algae platform to revolutionize the human and animal nutrition markets, has announced the hiring of a widely-respected algae industry veteran and fermentation expert, Dr. Jon Hansen, to serve as Triton’s chief engineering officer.
Dr. Hansen has over 27 years deep and broad experience in microbial biotechnology, at all scales and stages, much of that experience leading the development and commercialization of micro-algae technologies for OmegaTech, Martek BioSciences, DSM, and Heliae. John helped to design multiple pilot and manufacturing facilities, and has in-depth commercial experience at 12 manufacturing plants across 7 countries. Jon is a co-inventor on over 25 patent families and is a pioneer of a wide range of successful commercial algal products and technologies, including the first and most successful microbial DHA and EPA technologies found in food, animal nutrition, nutritional supplements and nearly all US infant formula products.
“We consider it a real coup to be able to land Jon here at Triton”, said Xun Wang, President and CEO of the company. “With his considerable experience in this field, he was in great demand across the algae industry, so we’re thrilled to have him on board with us as Triton moves forward into what is going to be a very active commercial phase”.
October 25, 2014
Dr. Xun Wang joins Triton as President and Chief Executive Officer
Triton adds decades of expertise in agricultural business
Prior to Triton, Dr. Wang was a Senior Vice President at Reliance Industries Limited, a Fortune Global 500 company. As the Head of Technology, his responsibilities included overseeing all aspects of Algae-to-Oil technology development, driving company scientific strategy, and developing internal and external scientific collaborations. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of R&D at Sapphire Energy Inc., a leading algae biofuel start-up company based in San Diego. Here, Dr. Wang led all R&D programs, including algae genetics and biotechnology, and cultivation and harvesting systems.
From 1993 to 2010, Dr. Wang held various positions in leading agricultural industries. Dr. Wang was the President of Syngenta Biotechnology (China) Co. Ltd. (SBC). He was also the Asia Pacific Regional Head of Biotechnology in Syngenta, a member in the Syngenta Global R&D Leadership Council, and a member of the Syngenta Global Biotechnology Leadership Team. From 2006 to 2010, he led the effort of setting up SBC, a Syngenta global R&D center. Before this, he was the Head of Trait Research and Technologies at the Syngenta global biotech R&D center in North Carolina, as well as the Founder and Director at Torrey Mesa Research Institute (Syngenta) in San Diego. Prior to Syngenta, Dr. Wang was a Research Manager in Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Iowa, a DuPont Company, where he led the very first genome project in the agricultural industry.
Dr. Wang is author or co-author of 52 patents and has published 21 international, peer-reviewed research articles. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Biochemistry from Jilin University, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Iowa State University.