The Company’s management team represents expertise in chemistry and chemical engineering as well as commercial project development, management and marketing. The following individuals are the senior members of that team:
Stephen Fitzpatrick, PhD: Founder, President, CEO, Chair, Executive Committee
Dr. Fitzpatrick is inventor of the technology and chief executive of the company. He has been developing this technology and refining its commercial applications for over twenty years. Dr. Fitzpatrick is also President of Biometics LLC, a Framingham, MA-based engineering, architectural and consulting company and owner/founder of Biometics Design-Construction Incorporated, a design-build firm providing construction services to the biopharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Fitzpatrick holds degrees in chemical and biochemical engineering from the University of Manchester, UK and is recipient of the Dista Prize and the 1999 Presidential Green Chemistry Award.
Michael Cassata: Development Officer
Mike graduated from Bentley University with a BS in Economics and holds a MBA from Babson College. While at Babson he focused on renewable energy and sustainability and was a recipient of the Babson Cleantech Scholarship. Prior to business school Mike worked in the investment banking industry where he specialized in building economic models to aggregate and evaluate fixed income investment opportunities. For the last three years Mike has consulted with sustainability-focused, entrepreneurial organizations to build commercialization strategies that align interests across the entire value chain.
Norman L. MacIntyre: Director of Operations
Norman MacIntyre focuses on Engineering and Operations issues for Biofine including initial biorefinery site evaluation. Prior to joining the Biofine team, Mr. MacIntyre served as the first Director of the River Valley Technology Center, one of Maine’s technology-based small business incubators. In this role he was instrumental in bringing focus to disparate embryonic efforts pursuing various biomass-related alternative fuel technologies. Prior to coming to Maine, Mr. MacIntyre was the founding CEO of a venture-financed high technology defense start-up focused on borosilicate glasses used as corrosion resistant and microwave absorbent coatings. After the successful sale of that company to a major defense contractor, he served in senior manufacturing and general management roles with companies producing high technology products ranging from gradient amplifiers for magnetic resonance imaging equipment to aircraft engine components.
Mr. MacIntyre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the US Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Ricardo Cortes: Senior Process Engineer
Mr. Cortes is a chemical engineer with more than 30 years of professional experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food, consumer products, fine/specialty chemical, and petro-chemical industries. He was the lead process engineer for the design, construction, commissioning and start-up of the Biofine demonstration plant in Gorham, Maine. In addition to his broad technical skills he brings experience in project management, scheduling, cost control, and quality assurance.
Mr. Cotes earned a BE degree in Chemical and Process Engineering at the Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico City, Mexico.
Robert W. Catzen: Executive VP, Executive Committee
Mr. Catzen brings nearly sixty years of experience in business as an owner/manager and consultant. Has background and experience in packaging manufacturing, process layout and design, construction, real estate development and project financing for industrial projects ranging in costs from a few million dollars up to a few hundred million dollars. He has been closely involved with Biofine Technology and its predecessor since its inception.
Richard L. Pearlstone: Executive Committee
Richard Pearlstone is a well-known entrepreneur, investor, and venture capitalist. As President of The Pearlstone Group, Inc., and a past member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Sizeler Realty Investment Trusts, he has extensive management experience in real estate, investments, and financial services. He began his career in 1969 with the Joseph Meyerhoff Company, which later became Monumental Properties. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s shopping centers—including design, construction, rental, and marketing. He later became one of the principals of Delta Properties, with responsibility for developing more than one million square feet of commercial property. He has also served as the CEO or director of several other real estate development and investment firms, including Cross Keys Securities and Cross Keys Asset Management, Inc., which he co-founded in the 1980s; North Investment Limited Partnership; and Cape Development Corporation. Mr. Pearlstone has been heavily involved in international Jewish philanthropy.