Jason currently leads Bio/Agtech Open Innovation in Ferrero’s Open Innovation Science organization. In this role Jason leads global strategy, scouting, and evaluation of science and technology innovations that can contribute to long-term disruptive differentiation for Ferrero in biotechnology and agricultural technologies. Specific active development areas include supply chain digitization and traceability/transparency, specialty crop pre- and post-harvest quality control, remote sensing, bioprocessing, and ingredient innovation.
Prior to joining Ferrero, Jason was Vice President of Performance Materials at Amyris, a leader in industrial biotechnology innovation. Jason had commercial responsibility for the Performance Materials business unit at Amyris, from new product strategy through commercial sales for a range of products in polymers and rubber, rubber additives, and specialty fluids. Previous responsibilities at Amyris included development and execution of the go-to-market plan for Amyris’s first product, squalane, a high-performance raw material for the cosmetics industry.
Prior to joining Amyris, Jason was Senior Scientist at Kinemed, a UCSF Medical School-based technology startup innovating dynamic biomarkers for assessment of metabolic disorders and therapeutic efficacy. Jason industrialized a stable-isotope based biomarker assessment of cholesterol metabolism and established preclinical and clinical evaluations studies with several major pharmaceutical partners.
Jason received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas and went on to receive his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.