Jul 23, 2020

John Warner Joins Zymergen To Accelerate Green Chemistry

Industry pioneer and world-renowned chemist John Warner has joined the Zymergen team as a Distinguished Research Fellow. John is a global leader in green chemistry, with hundreds of patents to his name, and a prominent academic figure who brought green chemistry to the mainstream.

“It is a global imperative for the chemical industry to create materials that are higher-performing, economical and healthier for humans and the planet,” John said. “Working with Zymergen offers an exciting opportunity to create a range of transformative products that are simply made better with biology.” 

In his new role, John will build on his 12 Principles of Green Chemistry and lead the industry transformation of chemistry and materials development through participation in events, media engagements and academic contributions. His primary responsibilities will include connecting molecular and material insights with market opportunities and building relationships in various industries.

Already a globally recognized speaker, John is the recipient of the Perkin Medal, the highest honor in American industrial chemistry, and he created the Green Chemistry Challenge in partnership with the EPA. John’s expertise, network and energy will help grow and strengthen Zymergen’s ecosystem of innovative partner companies to rapidly deliver on the promise of green chemistry.

 “John has long been a partner, friend and inspiration to Zymergen for his breakthrough approaches in a variety of industrial sectors,” said Zymergen co-founder and Chief Science Officer Zach Serber. “In many ways, John laid the foundation for Zymergen and other material innovation companies with his 12 Principles for Green Chemistry. Bringing him onto the team full-time is an honor, and we can’t wait to see him drive incredible progress inside our walls and across our customer and partner ecosystem.”

John Warner, Zymergen Distinguished Research Fellow