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.

Xiaoxia (Nina) Lin, PhD, Co-Founder, Scientific Advisor

Dr. Xiaoxia "Nina" Lin is a professor in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University Of Michigan. Dr. Lin's 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. Dr. Lin'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 and serves as the company's Scientific Advisor. Dr. Lin received her PhD at Princeton University and completed her post-doc at Harvard Medical School.

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

Mr. Andrew Hertig creates value for early-stage biotechnology companies. His multi-disciplinary approach combines marketing and communication skills with industry experience as a former bench biologist. Mr. Hertig 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. Prior to joining Ecovia Renewables as CBO, Mr. Hertig led business development at Therapeutic Systems Research Laboratories, a preclinical technology accelerator, where he helped raise $4.2 million in non-dilutive grant funding for small and large molecule therapeutics. Mr. Hertig holds an MBA from Boston University, graduating with Honors. He also has a BS in Biology from Penn State University and is a Certified Licensing Professional (#2623). 

Samuel Kohley, Microbiology & Polymer Chemistry

Samuel Kohley's 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. Sam is a 2015 graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biochemistry.

Ian Graves, Research & Development Engineer

Ian Graves is currently a Research & Development Engineer at Ecovia Renewables. His recent experience includes working in Dr. Nina Lin's lab on projects to improve growth conditions of a fungal co-cultures with the goal of increasing productivity and yield. While at the University of Michigan, Ian was also Project Lead for an engineering and sustainability club on campus called BLUElab. Ian holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.


Harry Poppick, Research & Development Engineer

Harry Poppick is a bioengineer with the ambition of creating sustainable chemical processes. He has a rich background developing efficient processes at other companies in the biotechnology industry. At Algae Systems, Inc. Harry worked as an engineer improving a carbon-negative process to produce microbial biofuel using municipal wastewater as a primary feedstock. Before joining the Ecovia Renewables team, Harry served as lead engineer at Fermentec, Inc., a startup working to optimize industrial-scale beer production using microfluidic technology. Harry graduated from Northwestern University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering with a specialization in biotechnology.