Team

Leadership Team

Camilo Restrepo
CEO and President

Camilo is a proven strategic and collaborative leader, with a proven track record of driving performance at the intersection of manufacturing and innovation in the cement and concrete industry. Previously he was president for the Cement Business Unit at Argos USA where he had a career of over 19 years. He has a wealth of experience in taking innovation to successful market commercialization in the building materials industry, as well as entry to new markets. He has led large-scale, multi geography businesses in both developed and developing countries, always with client’s insights and understanding in mind. His experience in R&D, innovation and sustainability bring an insightful perspective to business development and go to market. Camilo’s purpose of driving sustainability in the industry aligns perfectly with Biomason leading the global transition to planet friendly construction through revolutionizing the industry with Biocement.

He holds an MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University, a MSc Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Maryland and a BSc Environmental Engineering from the Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia. He has served as a board member of several companies ranging all the way from traditional building materials to green building materials and retail. He currently has the honor to serve as one of the members of the Board of Visitors at UMD Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Lily Wachter
Lily Wachter
Chief Financial Officer

Lily has focused her career on carbon reduction and sustainable development. Her experience spans investment analysis, academic research, and CFO roles in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Over the past decade, she followed clean energy stocks as an equity analyst at Goldman Sachs; led the finance team at Edeniq, a venture-backed biofuel technology company; and served as CFO of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. She holds a B.A. in earth and environmental science, with a concentration in mathematics, and a Ph.D. in sustainable development, both of which she received from Columbia University. While an undergraduate, she spent a semester at Biosphere 2 in Arizona. After college, she taught outdoor education and environmental science at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon. As a graduate student, she collaborated with the International Energy Agency, the World Bank, and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Aristos Aristidou, Ph.D.
Aristos Aristidou, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer

Aristos is an entrepreneurial leader with more than 20 years of international technical and operational leadership experience in the area of bioprocess and biocatalyst development with expertise in leading teams of multi-disciplinary scientists involved in the development, scale-up and technology transfer of commercial processes. He was one of the founding members of two of the world’s leading bio-based product companies, NatureWorks and Gevo. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2018 and in 2022 he became a Cargill Corporate Fellow for his contributions to multiple Cargill businesses.

Aristos holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from William Marsh Rice University. He has also completed postdoctoral studies in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has co-author more than 30 peer reviewed scientific articles in the area of biochemical engineering and is an inventor on more than 45 patents in the field of industrial biotechnology. Additionally, Dr. Aristidou has co-authored a textbook on Metabolic Engineering and has contributed chapters in multiple edited books.

Jan Vandesande
Jan Vandesande
Head of Business Development - Europe

Jan leads Biomason's business development in Europe. He brings over 25 years of international experience in the broader semiconductor and PV industries, with demonstrated excellence in R&D and project management, international business development, management, and marketing and sales. His track record of successful strategic and tactical leadership in positions at global institutions such as Imec, Intel, and Alcatel Microelectronics aided his transition to senior business and technology development roles at Metron Technology, Roth & Rau, and Activ Solar. Prior to joining Biomason, Jan established his own consultancy firm, consulting on projects within the broader technology market, focusing on renewable energy and microelectronics. Previous projects include full business planning for a Brazilian PV module factory, business development for a Swiss R&D PV center, and commercial management of a French solar module fabrication equipment start-up.

Lauren Donnelly
Lauren Donnelly
Head of Technology Transfer & Field Operations

Lauren is responsible for the production of Biolith tile from aggregate processing to the delivery of the final product. Lauren’s comprehensive experience in fermentation research and experimentation has helped further the development of Biomason’s solid state fermentation process. After receiving her B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Delaware, Lauren went on to a 10-year career as a Fermentation Scientist in DuPont’s Industrial Biomaterial division. She managed a 20+ unit fermentation facility, specializing in biofuel and bioenzyme production, scaling fermentation production both domestically and internationally.

Ben Griffin
Director of Biotechnology

As the Director of Biotechnology, Ben brings nearly fifteen years of senior R&D leadership experience at leading biotechnology companies. His robust academic training has resulted in multiple publications in Science that unveiled novel microbial physiologies. As the Head of Heterotrophic Cell Systems at Synthetic Genomics, Ben led the technological advancement of a diverse portfolio of non-photosynthetic microbial technologies. Subsequently, as the Senior Director of Biocatalyst Engineering at Genomatica, he oversaw teams of enzyme engineers, synthetic biologists, and automation engineers, facilitating the strain development of multiple bio-based chemicals from pre-pilot to commercial scales.

Ben is deeply committed to leveraging innovative microbial and enzyme biocatalysts to tackle global sustainability challenges. He is at the forefront of advancing industrial biotechnology, developing efficient and effective strain development platforms that marry cutting-edge technology with a robust scientific and operational foundation.

Ben's academic journey commenced with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Puget Sound, followed by a PhD. in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology from Michigan State University. His postdoctoral research at the University of Konstanz in Germany and the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign broadened his expertise in microbial physiology and genetics, contributing new insights to the field.

Christina Crater
Director of Program Innovation

As the Director of Program Innovation, Christina is responsible for shaping and driving the successful execution of Biomason's strategic initiatives and R&D programs. At the intersection of business and technology, she aims to align research activities to serve the most valuable and pressing opportunities unique to Biomason's technology. She is passionate about leveraging biotechnology to change our everyday products for a healthier, more sustainable future.

Christina brings 15 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, leading research and commercialization activities across the fuels, specialty chemicals, apparel, beauty & personal care, and food & nutrition markets. Prior to Biomason, she led Strategy and Business Operations at Geltor with a focus on analyzing, developing, and implementing new product and go-to-market strategies for biodesigned proteins. She also led Technical Programs at Bolt Threads, with the aim of developing and scaling biobased materials for sustainable textiles. Christina received her BSE in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Carmen Costable
Director of Chemistry

Carmen is responsible for directing Biomason’s Chemistry team which focuses on analytical chemistry, physical testing, and materials characterization. After receiving a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Plattsburgh, Carmen completed graduate studies in chemistry at NC State with thesis research in establishing capillary electrophoretic techniques for the identification of enzyme binding domains. His experience spans over 25 years in industrial biotechnology from bench to production scale providing leadership for growth initiatives and new product development. Carmen has also developed and led the strategic direction and alignment of laboratory automation systems, data management systems, and IT infrastructure for multidisciplinary, global R&D teams. He has created value with enzyme applications for customers across multiple industries including biofuels, chemical and biological weapon decontamination, pesticide degradation, grain processing, and personal care.

Kevin Enck
Director of Process Engineering

Kevin is the head of Biomason's Process Engineering team which involves translating the science of biocement into an industrializable process. Prior to Biomason, he was Senior Manager of R&D, Process Engineering, as well as 3 production departments in the pharmaceutical industry. Here, he helped lead clinical trial strategies, new product development and launch, as well as successfully led strategy and coordination with the FDA on product reference standards. Before that, he received his Masters and PhD in biomedical engineering from Wake Forest university where he specialized in biomaterials, assay development, and immunology while working towards regenerative medicine strategies to treat Type 1 Diabetes.

Board Members

Peder Holk Nielsen
Chairman of the Board, Independent

Peder’s career spans over 35 years at the largest bioindustrial company, Novozymes. Trained in chemical engineering and business development, he started in innovation and research, but quickly moved onto business management with 25 years on the executive board, of which he was CEO for the last 7 years. He is a strong voice in sustainability and was the only business leader invited to speak at the UN General Assembly when the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015. Since retiring from Novozymes, Peder invests in sustainability and helps companies bring sustainable technologies to market. Peder has been on the board of LEO Pharma and Hempel, and he has been on the board of trustees of The Eisenhower Foundation, The United States Council for International Business, and the ICC’s B20 group. He and his wife are the primary sponsors of Borneo Child Aid, supporting over 2000 children in Southeast Asia.

Peder holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and a degree in international commerce from Copenhagen Business School. Additionally, he has attended management training programs at INSEAD and Stanford.

Camilo Restrepo
CEO and President

Camilo is a proven strategic and collaborative leader, with a proven track record of driving performance at the intersection of manufacturing and innovation in the cement and concrete industry. Previously he was president for the Cement Business Unit at Argos USA where he had a career of over 19 years. He has a wealth of experience in taking innovation to successful market commercialization in the building materials industry, as well as entry to new markets. He has led large-scale, multi geography businesses in both developed and developing countries, always with client’s insights and understanding in mind. His experience in R&D, innovation and sustainability bring an insightful perspective to business development and go to market. Camilo’s purpose of driving sustainability in the industry aligns perfectly with Biomason leading the global transition to planet friendly construction through revolutionizing the industry with Biocement.

He holds an MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University, a MSc Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Maryland and a BSc Environmental Engineering from the Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia. He has served as a board member of several companies ranging all the way from traditional building materials to green building materials and retail. He currently has the honor to serve as one of the members of the Board of Visitors at UMD Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Christian Joelck
Christian Joelck
Partner, Co-Founder 2150

Prior to co-founding 2150, Christian held leadership roles in global industrial B2B companies such as Coloplast and ROCKWOOL driving changes focused on commercial development, digitalisation and sustainability. He co-founded and chaired SYNERGI, an organization focused on climate and energy efficiency bringing together large industry participants like Danfoss, Grundfos, Velux and others to lobby for Danish and European policy changes to reach the Paris Climate Agreement. Today, he is advisor to the Foundation for Climate Restoration in California.

Christian holds a Masters in Finance and International Business from Aarhus University and an executive degree from INSEAD. When not with his wife and three kids, Christian enjoys spending time off-trail running or exploring nature. His personal commitment to sustainability in 2022 to bring his kids to kindergarten on the Christiania bike to further reduce his CO2 footprint.

Brad Knight
Brad Knight
Board Member, Independent

Brad has over 30 years of hands-on operations, engineering, and supply chain management experience. Brad held executive management or board positions at Katerra, Flextronics, Metcal, and Adaptix, as well as served in chief executive, board of director, and executive consultant roles for 1800 Contacts, Erickson Retirement Communities, Retirement Living TV, and Sandisk, managing operations projects throughout North America, South America, and Asia. Brad has been instrumental in developing start-up infrastructure, contract negotiations, marketing, equipment selection and installation, MRP implementation, financial planning, and staffing for Customer Service, Product Management, Manufacturing and Logistics. Brad’s unique vision, broad strategic thinking, and pragmatic managerial approach has been instrumental in his success with numerous start-ups and turnaround situations. Brad is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, and served in the U.S. Army Infantry as a Drill Instructor, Master Trainer Qualified.

Michael Marks
Michael Marks
Founding Managing Partner, Celesta

For 40 years, Michael has successfully led and transformed technology companies. He is a founding managing partner at Celesta Capital, where he co-leads the firm. From 2007 to 2019, he was a founding partner at Riverwood Capital Management, a private equity fund specializing in rapidly growing private companies in North America and emerging markets. He was a partner and senior advisor at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) in 2006 and 2007. Before KKR, he spent 13 years as Chairman and CEO of Flextronics International Ltd. and built the company into one of the largest technology companies in the world.

Michael F Noel
Michael F Noël
Founding Partner, Acorn Innovestments / Noël Ventures

Mike is the founding partner of Acorn Innovestments. He also co-founded Sustainable Industrial Solutions, now ndustrial.io, and is the Chairman of the Innovation Council at Noël Group / Nomaco, a manufacturer of innovative foam solutions. He is also Vice President of Operations for J&M Real Estate, an industrial real estate management company.Mike serves on the boards of Noël Ventures, Noël Group / Nomaco, Vinventions / Nomacorc, PlotWatt, Biomason, and Tethis. Before getting his M.B.A. at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Mike was a global project manager in business development for Nomacorc, the market leader in synthetic wine closures. In this job, he lived in China to build Nomacorc’s Chinese operations followed by a move to Austria to manage the ownership transition when Nomacorc purchased an Austrian competitor. Prior to this, Mike built his experience in construction, olive oil and wine, and graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Management from North Carolina State University.

Michael Petro
Michael Petro
Senior VP, Strategy & Development, Martin Marietta Materials

Michael is Senior Vice President of Strategy & Development for Martin Marietta with responsibility for strategic planning and execution as well as corporate development activities including M&A, divestitures and asset swaps. Before joining Martin Marietta in 2015, Michael was an investment banker at Wells Fargo Securities. Prior to Wells Fargo, Michael was a management consultant at PwC. Michael received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Louisiana State University and his MBA at Duke University. He resides in Raleigh, N.C.

Anders Bendsen Spohr
Anders Bendsen Spohr
Senior Partner, Principal Investments, Novo Holdings

Anders joined Novo Holdings A/S in May 2017 as Senior Director, Principal Investments, taking part in managing and developing the growing portfolio of investments. Prior to joining Novo Holdings, Anders was employed as Vice President in Xellia Pharmaceuticals heading up the Global Product Supply. Other previous employment include Executive Vice President, Global Product Supply at Leo Pharma A/S and Vice President Global Supply Chain at Novozymes A/S. Anders holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Technical University of Denmark as well as a degree in international commerce from Copenhagen Business School.

John Gugel
John Gugel
Executive Business Leader

John is an accomplished global executive of technology-focused businesses with a proven track record of driving growth through innovation, organizational transformation, customer-centric philosophy, and commitment to functional/operational excellence. He has extensive experience in new technology commercialization, licensing, and business model development. John recently retired from the role of President & CEO of Honeywell UOP (”UOP”). As CEO, John had the unique leadership experience of driving the strategic pivot of the world's largest oil & gas technology provider to a global leader of sustainable technology solutions. John created UOP’s “Sustainable Technology Solutions” business to provide renewable fuels, plastics recycling, energy storage, and carbon capture/sequestration technologies on a global scale.

During his 29 year career at UOP, John held key leadership roles in executive business management, sales leadership, marketing, project management, and engineering. John earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.