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Sapphire Energy names senior VP of product management

San Diego-based Sapphire Energy Inc., a producer of renewable solutions from algae, announced that Dr. Jim Astwood has joined the company as senior vice president of product management.

Astwood will lead several of Sapphire’s expanded business development efforts, with a near-term focus on applying its renewable algae-based technology to address a growing need for reliable sources of human nutraceuticals, animal/aquaculture feed, and more.

Astwood brings more than 20 years of research and development leadership, most recently with Aurora Algae, where his work focused on the commercialization of valuable technologies from algae, and fostered partnerships with prominent companies in the health and nutraceutical industries.

Prior to Aurora Algae, Astwood served as vice president of scientific and government affairs at Martek Biosciences (now DSM Nutrition). He was vice president of global nutrition and regulatory affairs at ConAgra foods, and began his career with the Monsanto Co., where he founded the Biotechnology Product Safety Center. He has served in numerous food and nutraceutical industry leadership roles throughout his career.

Astwood holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and food science and a BSc (Hon.) in genetics from the University of Manitoba, Canada.

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