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Jeff Lievense

CEO, Lievense Bioengineering LLC

About Jeff Lievense

Jeff Lievense is Founder & CEO of Lievense Bioengineering LLC, and in that capacity, he serves as an advisor to several biotechnology and chemical companies. Previously, he was Senior Advisor to the CEO, Bioengineering & Technology, at Genomatica, a leader in commercial development of biobased process technologies for more sustainable chemical production. He has decades of industrial metabolic engineering, fermentation process development, and process scale-up experience at several companies. His technical contributions span a range of first-of-a-kind biobased processes and products, including landmark achievements in the field: 1,4-butanediol (Genomatica), farnesene (Amyris), 1,3-propanediol (DuPont-Tate & Lyle), and indigo (Kodak-Genencor). As a technology executive and leader, he built effective organizations in large companies, small companies, start-ups, and non-profits. He has served his profession as an instructor, lecturer, invited speaker, session organizer, and committee member for short courses, workshops, conferences, university events, university departments, and professional organizations. Notably, he was the lead instructor for University of California San Diego’s highly acclaimed short course on microbial fermentation and a contributing instructor to another short course on metabolic engineering. He also organized and co-chaired the first conference on Commercializing Industrial Biotechnology, sponsored by American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Society for Biological Engineering. Jeff has been recognized for excellence in the field as a recipient of Purdue University’s Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award (2014); Society for Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology’s Raphael Katzen Award (2018); an AIChE Fellow (2018); a National Academy of Engineering Member (2019); and Novozymes Award for Excellence in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering (2020). In 2016, Biofuels Digest named him one of the Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy. He earned his BS degree in chemical engineering (bio option) from the University of Michigan and his PhD in chemical engineering from Purdue University.

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