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Solugen is pleased to welcome Dr. Frederyk Ngantung as Vice President of its newly created Product Development Group (PDG). Frederyk will report to co-founder and CTO, Dr. Sean Hunt, and lead an initial team of 10 scientists and engineers.
The PDG team’s mission is simplicity. Steve Jobs once said, “Simplicity can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Solugen’s business model aligns directly with the focus on simplicity: combine corn syrup, enzymes, customer focused culture, AI, and modular manufacturing to win in the marketplace for our customers and stakeholders. With a focus on matching customer needs with Solugen’s core green chemistry and involving the customer in rapid prototyping, Solugen aims to create more value, more quickly for its customers.
The efforts of the PDG team will be critical in creating adaptive product development collaborations from Solugen’s R&D, sales, and operations teams. PDG leverages Solugen’s core chemistries to rapidly develop and commercialize better, safer, greener, and cost-effective products across a variety of markets.
Solugen’s co-founder and CEO, Dr. Gaurab Chakrabarti spoke of Frederyk’s appointment by stating, “To have a world class chemical engineer with a passion for customer service and product development leading this group is a differentiator for Solugen. In the words of Steve Jobs, Frederyk will assist us in ‘moving mountains’ through his sophisticated perspective of simplicity.” Dr. Sean Hunt added, “Frederyk’s passion for the mission, deep technical knowledge, principle of simplicity, and enthusiasm will complement Solugen as a company.”
Dr. Ngantung earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT at age 24, and while there worked with Institute Professor Daniel IC Wang. When asked why he did not immediately turn to research, Frederyk replied that he loved chemistry but, “I also needed to be around people and to explore the world, and I couldn’t do that by solely being in a laboratory.” Since earning his doctorate, Frederyk has worked at the intersection of research and product development for several successful companies for over 15 years and has authored over 20 patent applications.