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Zymergen: Searching beyond the bounds of human intuition

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Richard Pieters President Products
‎Stefan de Kok Senior Scientist

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.


True innovation is about finding new and better ways to solve tough, real world problems that span industries — from agriculture to chemical manufacturing and healthcare. Zymergen is unlocking the power of biology to solve these problems with our customers. We engineer better microbes that make useful molecules, which are part of all the materials in our daily lives. We are engineering biology predictably, reliably and to levels of performance unattainable through traditional R&D methods. Our comprehensive approach brings together technology, automation, and biology with the most sophisticated capabilities in each. As a result, we deliver better economics for current products, help customers bring new products to market faster, and develop novel products the world has not yet seen.

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