Biofeedstock Company Proterro Names Bioprocessing Expert Engineering VP

Timothy Cooper joins executive team from Eastman Chemical Company with two decades of experience

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Proterro, Inc., the only biofeedstock company that actually makes sucrose instead of extracting it from crops or deconstructing cellulosic materials, has named Timothy Cooper, Ph.D., vice president of engineering.

Dr. Cooper joins Proterro’s executive team with more than two decades of deep experience in bioprocessing. Prior to joining Proterro, he was responsible for Eastman Chemical Company’s biotechnology effort, managing genetic engineering and fermentation development programs, and driving generation of intellectual property.

Before Eastman Chemical, Dr. Cooper was fermentation research leader at Dow AgroSciences LLC, where he was responsible for development and scale-up of new fermentation processes and managing the fermentation development efforts of three laboratories.

At Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Dr. Cooper directed the company’s fermentation and recovery development effort that solved key manufacturing obstacles of a complicated, multicomponent vaccine, successfully scaling the process to commercial volumes.

Dr. Cooper’s experience also includes:

  • Staff engineer at Diosynth (now FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies), responsible for development and scale-up of new client fermentation and purification processes;
  • Senior fermentation engineer at Novozymes (Novo Nordisk Biochem), responsible for multiple advances in fermentation technology that led to yield increases and cost reduction; and
  • Pilot plant manager at W.R. Grace & Co., responsible for research and development of fermentation products, successfully scaling up fermentation and recovery process to provide commercial quantities of product.

A member of the American Chemical Society and the Society of Industrial Microbiology, Dr. Cooper earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin.

Other Proterro News

In a separate announcement today Proterro said it has reached new milestones in development. (See Proterro Meets Key Milestones)

About Proterro, Inc.

Proterro is the only biofeedstock company that makes sucrose instead of extracting it from crops or deconstructing cellulosic materials. Using CO2, sunlight and water, Proterro lowers the cost of sugar production to around $0.05/lb., unleashing the economic value of biofuels and biobased chemicals for industry partners. The company has developed a novel, scalable biosynthetic process that integrates a patented, highly productive microorganism with a robust, modular photobioreactor made from off-the-shelf materials. This process yields a fermentation-ready sucrose stream, rather than a mixture of sugars, allowing simple, low-cost downstream processing. For example, Proterro provides a complementary and cost-effective drop-in feedstock to the ethanol fermentation process. In February 2012 the USPTO issued to Proterro U.S. Patent No. 8,367,379, protecting Proterro's sucrose-producing microorganism. The company’s photobioreactor is patent pending, as are other patents related to the unique microorganism. The company, which is backed by Battelle Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures, Cultivian Ventures and Middleland Capital, has been recognized by Lux Research as a top innovative company that stands out for its “disruptive potential.” Please visit

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