COMPANY - Management
Alan Shaw, Ph.D.
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Alan Shaw, Ph.D., is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Calysta Energy™. He joined in 2012. Dr. Shaw is a veteran biotechnology entrepreneur and chemical industry executive, with more than 25 years experience building and leading technology companies. Before joining Calysta, he served for ten years as President & CEO and a director of Codexis, a developer of cost-advantaged processes for production of biofuels, biobased chemicals and pharmaceuticals. During his tenure, Codexis completed an IPO and expanded from a startup to a global industrial biotechnology company with operations in the United States, Europe and Asia. In 2010, Dr. Shaw received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur® of the Year Award in the life sciences category for Northern California. He serves as a biotechnology advisor to the governments of the United Kingdom and Malaysia, and is a frequent speaker on energy to leading business and industry conferences.
Prior to Calysta Energy™, Dr. Shaw held senior operating and business development positions in the United Kingdom for Chiroscience Group plc and for the chemical and biopharmaceutical units of Clariant and BTP plc from 1994-99. For the previous 15 years, he held management and scientific leadership positions for Imperial Chemical Industries plc (ICI)/Zeneca, including Business Head, Fine Chemicals and Marketing Manager, European Sales. Dr. Shaw is a past board member of BIO and chair of BIO’s industrial and environmental section. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Teesside University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Durham, England, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.