LanzaTech NZ, Inc. (“LanzaTech”), an innovative Carbon Capture and Transformation (“CCT”) company that transforms waste carbon into materials such as sustainable fuels, fabrics, packaging, and other products that people use in their daily lives, announced today that the company’s Co-Founder, Dr. Sean Simpson, will transition to an advisory role, to support development and delivery of new strategic projects.
In early 2022, the company announced its intention to go public with special purpose acquisition company, AMCI Acquisition Corp. II (Nasdaq: AMCI). As the company embarks on this next stage of growth, Sean will advise LanzaTech CEO, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, on ways to further develop the core platform and how it can be extended to multiple new sectors.
“The opportunities for a platform of this breadth are many,” said Dr. Simpson. “I am excited to take on a role where I can focus my energies on identifying and delivering new applications of LanzaTech’s process around the world.”
Dr. Simpson founded LanzaTech in 2005 with Dr. Richard Forster at a time when no one believed it was possible to use waste carbon emissions as a feedstock, nor leverage nature-based solutions for sustainable fuels and chemical production. During his time at LanzaTech, Sean has not only proved that his revolutionary ideas for using biology to convert pollution to products were sound, but he has seen the scale up of the company from a start-up in New Zealand to one with a global commercial footprint on the cusp of going public. Today, the LanzaTech process has been deployed in multiple places throughout the world and produces hundreds of thousands of tons of sustainable fuel and chemical products.
As part of this growth, Sean created and led a world class scientific team, including bringing on leaders Dr. Zara Summers, Vice President of Science and Dr. Michael Köpke, Vice President of Synthetic Biology. Dr Summers joined LanzaTech from ExxonMobil in 2022 and has spent her career working on biological solutions to support the energy transition. Dr. Michael Köpke, joined LanzaTech in 2009, and is a pioneer in the Synthetic Biology of carbon fixing microbes. Together, they lead LanzaTech’s strong Science and Synthetic Biology teams, responsible for LanzaTech’s genetic engineering, strain development, and fermentation programs.
“As a team, we have cracked the seemingly impossible task of using biology to transform some of the dirtiest gases on our planet. Thanks to the marriage of science and engineering, we have
shown what is possible by taking waste carbon and transforming it into the things we use every day,” said Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. “This is just the beginning of what Sean originally set out to do back in 2005, when he and co-founder Dr. Richard Forster started LanzaTech. As we enter the next stage of our journey as a company, I look forward to working closely with Sean as he helps us deliver new applications of our core technology.”
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