Our Team

P2 has assembled an executive team with strong backgrounds in technology, markets and financing. In addition the shareholder group and advisory board provide a solid platform to support growth.

Executive Team

CEO – Neil Burns

  • 20 years chemicals experience in commercial, financial and general management
  • Managing Partner, Neil A. Burns LLC, investment and advisory firm
  • Former CEO of Oxiteno USA, the US subsidiary of Ultrapar of Brazil
  • B.S. Chemistry, MBA (Wharton)

Chief Science Officer – Patrick Foley

  • PhD Environmental Engineering, Yale University
  • B.S. Molecular Biology, University of Connecticut
  • Discovery Research, Pfizer

Research Chemist – Yonghua Yang

  • PhD Chemistry, Shanghai Institute Organic Chemistry
  • B.S. Chemistry, Henan Normal University
  • Research & Development, Hallstar Co.

Laboratory Technician – Tania Salam

  • MS Molecular and Cell Biology, Quinnipiac University
  • B.S. Biology, York College, CUNY
  • Lab Assistant, York College, CUNY

Finance and Accounting – Rick Sowerby

  • Senior Financial Executive / CFO in public and private companies
  • IT, HR and IR Experience
  • BS Accounting – Penn State, MBA- Duquesne

Investors & Share Holders

In addition to co-founders and key employees, P2′s Investors and Shareholders include:

  • BASF Venture Capital
    Global investor in technology companies
    Venture arm of BASF Ag
    BAS Venture Capital
  • Xeraya Capital
    Global investor in life science companies
    Headquartered in Malaysia
  • Elm Street Ventures
    Early stage investment fund based in New Haven, CT
    Focused on Life Sciences, Cleantech
  • Connecticut Innovations
    Early stage Investor based in Rocky Hill, CT
  • Advantage Capital Partners
    Full spectrum equity and debt investor
  • Yale University
    Leading US teaching and Research University

Advisory Board

  • Paul Anastas
    Yale, Professor, Director Center for Green Chemistry
    EPA, Assistant Administrator, Office of R&D
  • Jim Barber
    Former CEO Metabolix
    Solazyme, Strategic Advisory Board
  • Steve Hicks
    Retired Global Director, R&D at P&G Flavors & Fragrances
    Adjunct Instructor, College of Engineering, University of Cincinnati
  • Eric Beckman
    Professor and Director of Mascaro Sustainability Initiative, University of Pittsburgh
    Co-founder, Cohera Medical, Inc.