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Zymergen: Searching beyond the bounds of human intuition

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Richard Pieters President Products

At Zymergen, Richard is responsible for our overall products business. Prior to joining Zymergen he was President, Americas for DSM Engineering Plastics, headquartered in Detroit, MI, where he led growth of the business unit with Fortune 500 companies in the automotive, consumer electronics and packaging industries. Richard worked in a variety of leadership roles at companies including DSM and General Electric Plastics. He is certified GE Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has over 20 years of experience in the materials business living and working in Europe, the US and Asia. Richard graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from the College of Advanced Technology in Haarlem, Netherlands, and holds an MBA from the University of Twente, Netherlands.

Our story

Over the past century, the pace of industrial progress has declined as humans have exhausted the ways in which petrochemicals and traditional processes can be used to create new things. Instead, Zymergen uses biology as a source of new chemical building blocks that enable the development of novel products and materials. Importantly, we work at scale –– improving industrial economics while making new markets realizable. Explore:

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