Genesis Biosciences announced today that Casey Smallwood has been promoted to vice president of operations, along with the promotion and hiring of a number of operational and scientific staff.
Additionally, Mauricio Amaya and Amit Choksi have been promoted to laboratory manager and fermentation manager, respectively, and Prasanth Maddipati joins Genesis’ scientific staff team as a new fermentation scientist. These team members will be located in Genesis’ newly renovated U.S. fermentation and manufacturing facility in Lawrenceville, GA.
Casey, Mauricio, Amit and Prasanth bring valuable experience and knowledge to the Genesis.
“Casey, Mauricio, Amit and Prasanth bring valuable experience and knowledge to the Genesis operational and technical teams, and we will look to them as we continue to develop high-quality, environmentally preferred chemical, fermentation and microbial-based solutions for our customers,” stated Conrad Mielcuszny, president and chief executive officer of Genesis Biosciences.
Casey Smallwood, Vice President of Operations
Casey Smallwood brings to Genesis more than 20 years of chemical development and production management experience in the household and institutional as well as janitorial and sanitation arenas. In his role as vice president of operations, Smallwood will oversee all manufacturing and production, customer service, telesales and equipment engineering/maintenance at Genesis. Smallwood joined Genesis Biosciences (formerly Genesis Technologies) in 2000, and he has held the positions of operations manager, production manager and customer service manager. Prior to joining Genesis, Smallwood served as operations manager at Harvard Chemical Research, a chemical manufacturer of institutional and household compounds specializing in carpet care and the primary chemical manufacturer for professional carpet systems franchises. Smallwood attended Clayton State University.
Mauricio Amaya, Laboratory Manager
Mauricio Amaya has more than 17 years of experience in formulation, research and development and regulatory experience in the microbial and specialty chemicals industries. As laboratory manager, Amaya will oversee all aspects of the Genesis’ laboratory, including overall microbiological quality control for production and fermentation, chemical quality control, research and product development and customer technical support. Amaya was previously chief chemist at Genesis. Prior to joining the company, Amaya was the director of technical services at Atco International where he managed the Technical Department, which included duties such as quality control, product research and development and regulatory affairs. Amaya received a B.S. in chemistry from Oglethorpe University and an M.S. in technology management from Mercer University.
Amit Choksi, Fermentation Manager
Amit Choksi brings a breadth of laboratory and bacteria fermentation training and experience to Genesis. As fermentation manager, Choksi oversees a team of scientist and operators that manage the research, design, planning and execution of laboratory and large-scale fermentation studies of bacteria in adherence with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Prior to joining Genesis, Choksi was a fermentation microbiologist at Merial Limited, a research –based veterinary pharmaceutical division of Merck. In this role, he designed planned and carried out laboratory studies in bacteria, developed upstream fermentation methods using bench scale and pilot scale fermentors and helped develop a new canine vaccine. Prior to that, Choksi was a scientist at Fort Dodge Animal Health, a research-based veterinary pharmaceutical division of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and a laboratory technician at Severn Trent Laboratory. Choksi received a B.S. in biology from The Ohio State University.
Prasanth Maddipati, Fermentation Scientist
Prasanth Maddipati joins Genesis with a solid background in bioprocess engineering, including the design and execution of microbial fermentation processes. At Genesis, he plays an important role in the monitoring and optimization of the company’s fermentors and fermentation operations to help ensure accuracy and quality control. Prior to joining Genesis, Maddipati was a graduate research assistant at Oklahoma State University where he worked on fermentation of syngas to ethanol and other value-added products using a novel microbial catalyst. Maddipati has authored several publications in Bioresource Technology and has served as a panel speaker at leading biotechnology and bioengineering conferences. Maddipati received a B.Tech in industrial biotechnology from Anna University in India and an M.S. in biosystems engineering from Oklahoma State University.
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