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R. Rogers Yocum


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Myriant
Thailand

R. Rogers Yocum

Biography

Senior Director of Molecular Biology R. Rogers Yocum, Ph.D. Dr. Yocum joined Myriant in 2008 and is currently Myriant's Senior Director of Molecular Biology. Myriant's Molecular Biology Department specializes in genetic engineering of bacteria and yeasts for production of chemicals by fermentation. Dr. Yocum has 34 years of experience in biochemistry and molecular biology for a wide variety of commercial applications including foods and beverages, antibiotic discovery, DNA diagnostics, human and animal nutrition, and commodity chemicals. Prior to joining Myriant, Dr. Yocum was a Senior Director of Molecular Biology at OmniGene Bioproducts, Inc., where he engineered microbes to produce the vitamins biotin and pantothenic acid, and the amino acid L-methionine. Dr. Yocum has a B.S in Zoology and Mathematics from the University of Michigan (Summa Cum Laude) and a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University. Dr. Yocum won a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellowhip, which was carried out also at Harvard. 

Research Interest

The Same Chemicals, the Same Products—Just a Lot Greener At Myriant, we know there's a better, greener way to produce the products people use every day. And we're realizing that vision—displacing barrels of petroleum by manufacturing and selling high-value chemicals made from renewable, sustainable feedstocks. As companies and consumers look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and transition away from petroleum's price volatility, Myriant has the solution: our proven technology platform and strategic feedstock selection enable Myriant to deliver high-quality, high-performing, green chemicals at a competitive, more-predictable cost versus petroleum-based chemicals without the need for government subsidies. That's what we call a sustainable advantage. Our platform produces a broad pipeline of bio-based chemicals including bio-succinic acid and its derivatives and other bio-based chemical intermediates that perform equal to, or better than, traditional petroleum-based chemicals. Our bio-based chemicals integrate seamlessly into existing chemical production processes to provide a wide range of consumer applications. 

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