About us

Meet the Team

Luna Yu

CEO
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Luna completed her Bachelors & Masters of Science from the University of Toronto within 4 years. She has co-founded and built 2 profitable software startups, both of which still operating today.

Luna also has 5 years of sales experience, have sold over over $2 million in POS contracts at First Data Canada.

Abdul Khogali

COO
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Abdul holds a MASc. degree from University of Toronto, a B.Sc. in biopharmaceutical science with a specialization in genomics and has 5+ years of business development experience. He served as an environmental consultant, ensuring hundred of projects were completed within the regulatory frameworks and standards set by the government, and as the operations manager of a large security firm, responsible for multi-million dollar deals and 70 staff.

Brad Witt

CFO
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Brad has an MBA in finance and holds a CPA issued from Ontario. He has 20 years of financial leadership roles in the plastics industry with The Dow Chemical Company. Brad worked with NatureWorks LLC from start-up to launch of their initial biopolymer. Brad is currently an Accounting Professor with Humber Institute of Technology, and an active member of the board of directors of Caledon Community Services in Peel region.

Patrick Neill

Senior Director of Eng.
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Patrick has over 30 years of industrial process and product development experience including 20 years in senior engineering leadership roles and over 7 years directing the research and development of biochemical process technologies. His expertise includes design and construction of pilot, demonstration, and full-scale industrial plants. He has a customer-focused attitude and focuses on developing cost-effective innovative products, processes, and solutions to meet end-user needs.

Hasitha de Alwis

Director of R&D
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Hasitha has an M. Sc. in biological chemistry, a B. Sc. in biochemistry, and over seven years of experience working in various biochemistry, nanomaterials, and biotechnology laboratories. Hasitha has successfully conducted research projects and published multiple articles in a variety of high-impact-factor journals. Hasitha has won multiple industry awards, including the NSERC award.

Marcos Igreja

Associate Director of Eng. Ops.
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Marcos is an ambitious bioresource engineering graduate from McGill University with energy studies in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His experience ranges from agricultural wastes treatment to fermentation and bioreactor design, as well as energy management.

Marcos holds a 1st place prize in the Quebec Engineering Competition with his innovative bioreactor design.

Michael Williamson

Engineering Manager, Polymers
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Michael has an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, a BEng in Materials Engineering from McMaster University, and over 7 years of formal laboratory, mechanical and design experience. His passion for problem-solving and creative thinking has led him through experiences from improving industrial-scale processes in steel mills, to designing custom heavy equipment for use in the construction industry.

Kevin Eriksen

Programming & AI Lead
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Kevin is a University of Toronto graduate specializing in Mechatronics Engineering. He has had a year of professional mechanical work experience at Husky Injection Moulding, where he resolved and improved manufacturing processes. Kevin loves working with automation control systems, he can often be found in a garage workshop tinkering on automated robotics projects.

Dr. Vani Sankar

Biotechnology Lead
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Dr. Vani Sankar has a PhD in Biotechnology from CSIR – National Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences and Technology, India. She has extensive experience in Bioprocess development and optimization, and 5+ years experience in biofuel production from lignocellulosic biomass. Dr. Sankar has worked on research projects involving multiple international collaborations and has several peer reviewed publications to her credit.

Sudhanshu Soman

Chemical Engineering Lead
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Sudhanshu has an M.A.Sc in Chemical Engineering from University of Waterloo and Ba. from The MS University of Baroda, India. He has published research regarding an innovative design of static mixer, which gives higher mixing efficiency and reduced pressure drop than the existing static mixers. He has also worked as a Chemical Engineer at the world’s largest oil and gas refinery Reliance Industries Ltd.

Rajan Manocha

Business Development Lead
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Rajan holds a diploma in accounting from Fanshawe college and has a strong background in Sciences. He has over 5 years of sales management experience, including as President of Sales at EcoHome; led cumulative deals of over $2M and managed a sales team of 15+ members. Rajan’s interest in business development originates from his strong financial background he obtained from his academic and professional experiences.

Robert Celik

Growth & Partnership Lead
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As Head of Growth in his previous organization, Robert led a sustainable packaging consulting project for a $7 billion foodservice multinational, developed a strategic national partnership with Uber Eats, and led domestic and European expansion. He also planned an R&D project to accelerate the breakdown of bioplastics in the composting process. Robert holds a BSc from Western University, and studied abroad in Germany and Switzerland.

Forbes Lui

Material Chemist
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Forbes is a fourth year student at the University of Toronto where she is studying chemistry, neuroscience and immunology. She hopes to take this opportunity to gain lab experience while helping to provide the world with a solution that will standardize the quality of food and plastic waste disposal.

Dr. Adam Westbrook

Metabolic Engineering Lead
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Dr. Adam Westbrook holds a PhD in Chem Eng from the University of Waterloo, researching development of tools for genetic engineering of bacteria, and their application to strain engineering to produce value-added materials. Dr. Westbrook has extensive experience with fermentation, has published several peer-reviewed publications in high-caliber journals, and received numerous scholarships and awards.

Deeksha Shetty

Microbiology Lead
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Deeksha has M.Sc in Applied Microbiology from the University of Saskatchewan and specializes in genome-scale regulatory networks, alongside extensive experience in molecular and microbiology techniques. Her Masters research earned her the prestigious “2019 Alltech Young Scientist” award featuring entrants from 120 universities and 40 countries. She has published her work in various peer-reviewed journals and has won several scholarships.

Dylan Pardy

Electrical Operator
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Dylan graduated from Durham college with an electrical engineering technician degree with honours. He has experience working in both commercial and industrial electrical applications. Dylan also has a strong desire for continued improvement, and are described by others as someone who learns quickly and is always keeping himself busy.

Junwei Lv

Polymer Dev Specialist
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Junwei has an M.Eng in Materials and Mechanical Engineering specialized in Composite Materials from Western University. Over his 4 years of research and manufacturing experience, he has led multiple research projects including PHAs and HDPE with different additives investigating their mechanical and thermal properties, and obtained solid understanding on polymer processing. He hopes to utilize all his academic knowledge and practical skills to investigate more possibilities of PHAs applications.

Scott-George Beckford

Mechanical Technician
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Scott-George holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Technology in Jamaica, along with a host of professional courses acquired throughout his career. With over 9 years’ experience in the maintenance and power generation industry, he has an adept knowledge of mechanical and electrical equipment troubleshooting; computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), root cause analysis (RCA) and process improvement. He is also a trained Internal Auditor with respect to the ISO 14001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 standards.

Srujan Challa

Chemical Operator
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Srujan received a MEng in chemical engineering from University of Waterloo, and a BEng from one of the most prestigious Institutions, VIT University, Vellore, India. He has over 4 years of extensive experience in Process Operations, executing EHS studies, and designing safety systems for chemical process Industries. He also possess a strong passion for design, troubleshoot and optimize chemical process operations.

Nadya Iswari

Laboratory Technician
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Nadya completed her H.B.Sc. from University of Toronto, where she specializes in Pharmacology and Toxicology. She has experience working in various research institutions including SickKids, University of Toronto, and NUS. She enjoys doing benchworks and hopes to make impactful contributions to the world.