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About the company:

Leo E. Manzer is President and CEO of Catalytic Insights LLC, a company he founded to assist small and large companies with the discovery, development and commercialization of catalytic processes. Most of his consulting is on the use of catalytic technology for the conversion of biomass to renewable fuels and chemicals. His clients include some of the largest venture-capital funded companies in the biomass area and a number of startup companies. Dr. Manzer is on the Scientific Advisory Board of several companies.

More about the Founder and CEO:

Leo E. Manzer retired as a DuPont Fellow in the company's Central Science and Engineering Laboratories at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. As a DuPont Fellow, Dr. Manzer achieved the company's highest level of professional recognition for scientists. Upon his retirement in 2005, he was one of 15 company scientists and engineers to hold the title of DuPont Fellow.

Dr. Manzer was born and educated in Canada. After receiving his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, he joined DuPont in Wilmington, DE. During his career, he held a variety of positions with DuPont in Delaware and Texas, overseeing research programs in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. He founded and directed the Corporate Catalysis Center which became recognized as a world-class industrial center for catalysis. He has significant experience in all aspects of process development from discovery to commercialization.

He is a member of the North American Catalysis Society and has been very active in promoting catalysis globally.

Dr. Manzer is listed as an author and inventor of over 90 publications and 171 issued US patents (over 500 international patents). His expertise and experience in catalysis and process research have been recognized by several major awards including: