Meet The Ecovia Renewables Team

Jeremy Minty, PhD, Co-Founder, President & CEO

Dr. Jeremy Minty is a biotechnology entrepreneur dedicated to addressing the global problems of fossil fuel dependency and climate change. Jeremy's current work focuses on developing economically viable strategies for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals from renewable resources. He is co-inventor of the EcoSynth platform for cost-effective production of high-performance, biobased chemicals. Jeremy co-founded Ecovia Renewables, Inc. with Dr. Nina Lin with the mission to develop and commercialize cost-effective routes for producing high-performing biobased materials. He earned his undergraduate and doctorate degrees in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Nina Lin, PhD, Co-Founder, Scientific Advisor

Xiaoxia "Nina" Lin is a professor in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University Of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Her research group focuses on investigating microbial systems, particularly microbial communities, using systems biology and synthetic biology approaches. Her laboratory aims to engineer microorganisms to address critical needs faced by our society such as sustainable biofuel and chemical production. Nina's work has been published in a wide spectrum of peer-reviewed journals. Her group has been funded by government agencies, including the NSF, NIH, and USDA. She is Co-Founder of Ecovia Renewables LLC and serves as the company's Scientific Advisor.

Drew Hertig, MBA, Co-Founder, Chief Business Officer

Drew Hertig creates value for early-stage biotechnology companies. His multi-disciplinary approach combines marketing and communication skills with direct industry experience as a former bench biologist. Drew initially worked in metabolic engineering for Metabolix, Inc., where he demonstrated the highest yield of poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) in any plant system at the time. He later transitioned to a Business Development Analyst role for the Office of Technology Development at Boston University, where he earned his Master of Business Administration and graduated with Honors. Prior to joining Ecovia Renewables as CBO, Drew led business development efforts at Therapeutic Systems Research Laboratories (TSRL, Inc.), a preclinical technology accelerator, where he helped raise $4.2 million in non-dilutive grant funding for small and large molecule therapeutics. Drew holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Penn State University and is a Certified Licensing Professional (#2623). 

Samuel Kohley, Microbiology & Polymer Chemistry

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Samuel Kohley is a 2015 graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biochemistry. His research experience includes developing new methods in antibody production as a part of the Michigan Synthetic Biology team. Previously, Sam promoted the American Chemical Society on Michigan’s campus and was a member of the nationally ranked Michigan Waterski Team. Joining Ecovia Renewables in November of 2015, Sam's primary responsibilities include advancing Ecovia’s microbial consortia platform through the characterization and development of EcoSynth biopolymers.

Ian Graves, Research & Development Engineer

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Ian Graves recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. For the past few years, he has been working in Professor Nina Lin's lab on engineering fungal co-cultures. While at the University of Michigan, Ian was also Project Lead for an engineering and sustainability club on campus called BLUElab.



Cellulosic Isobutanol Photo Credits: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing