Our Team

Mark Miller
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Miller is a serial entrepreneur with a special emphasis on bio and sustainable technologies. Prior to BT, he cofounded and was CEO of Terresolve Technologies, Ltd. An environmentally safe chemical products company.

He led the organization from start-up until his exit, creating a multimillion dollar highly profitable, global industry leader. He has engineered, sold and marketed environmentally acceptable lubricants and base oils for over 30 years. Mr. Miller has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Manhattan College. He also sits on the Board for The National Foundation For Animal Rescue (NAFFAR) and he and his wife, Shari, have adopted more than their share of homeless critters.
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Dr. Matt Kriech
Chief Operating Officer

Along with being COO of Biosynthetic Technologies, Mr. Kriech supports Heritage Research Group and The Heritage Group in evaluation of potential new projects and investments.

Prior to his current role, he lead the transition team for THG- The Center and worked for Asphalt Materials Inc. in developing predictive economic models. He has also served as General Manager of PIZO and Supply Chain Manager, Tolling Manager, and Business Excellence leader for Monument Chemical. Matt received his B.A. from Wabash College in 2000 and his Ph. D. from the University of Utah in 2005, where he studies protein-lipid interactions using non-linear optical spectroscopy. Prior to returning to Indiana, he worked for ATK as a “Rocket Scientist” in Utah, helping to test and develop state of the art rocket propellants. Matt serves on local charity boards for cancer and diabetes. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with his family, and brewing beer as owner of Wabash Brewing.
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Jake Bredsguard
Executive Vice President

Jakob is one of the founding members of Biosynthetic Technologies and is named on over 30 of the patents. Jacob helped raised millions of dollars for the company and closely managed due diligence.

He now helps support corporate strategy, commercialization efforts, business development, commercial sales and formulation efforts. Jakob received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California Irvine. He sits on the advisory board for the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of California Irvine. He has served as an industry expert for the US Government to audit federal research and development efforts. Jakob volunteers some of his free time to coach youth sports teams and looks to support families dealing with pediatric cancer.
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Jeremy Forest
Chief IP Counsel

Mr. Forest works across the company’s major business units to support successful commercial objectives through the implementation of effective intellectual property strategies and policies.

He started his career as an attorney with Finnegan LLP in Silicon Valley, where his practice focused on intellectual property litigation and prosecution in the areas of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Jeremy received his B.A. in biochemistry from St. Anselm College and an M.S. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Hawaii, where his studies focused on the enantioselective synthesis of marine natural products. He also received a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire, with a focus on intellectual property law. Jeremy currently resides in northern New Hampshire with his wife and children. In his free time, he enjoys skiing and hiking with his family and rebuilding his vintage Volkswagen van. He also serves on the board of directors for national non-profit organization for children, as well as advisory boards for several early-stage biotechnology companies.
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Mike Woodfall
Sales and Commercial Lead

Mike “Woody” is the Sales and Commercial Leader for Biosynthetic Technologies, as such he looks forward to helping customers innovate in the growing sustainable lubricant marketplace.

Mike received a BS Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois. His career in lubricants started at the D.A. Stuart Company where he first worked with vegetable oils in Lubricant formulations. Since then his experience in the Lubricant Industry has allowed him to represent companies such as Cargill, Afton Chemical, Bunge, and Monson. This experience has helped build a foundation of knowledge in both fuel and lubricant additive technology, while continuing to bring renewable solutions to formulators. He is currently serving as a Board Member with the STLE Houston Section, and enjoys volunteering in the outdoors with his local BSA Troop.
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Travis Thompson
Director of Research and Development

Mr. Thompson oversees the development of innovative chemistries from lab to commercial scale. Prior, Travis held various project roles in the areas of product development, process design and manufacturing.

Travis received a B.S. from the University of California Irvine and is names on 35+ US patents in the fields of organic chemistry, formulation chemistry and process engineering. In addition, he has authored a number of articles in industry-leading publications on topics ranging from chemical biology to sustainable chemistries. Travis currently resides in Anaheim, California with his kids. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading, hiking, and snowboarding.
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Julie Austin
Research and Development Chemist

Julie is a highly valued, integral part of Biosynthetic Technologies R&D Team bringing 20 years of chemistry research experience. Julie earned a B.S. in Chemistry with a focus in Environmental Biology.

Beginning her career at Reilly Industries, she worked in exploratory research and development of pyridine-based derivatives. Following, she joined Great Lakes Chemical for 13 years as the lead researcher on various projects that were piloted and commercially developed as flame retardants for thermoplastic resins and thermoset foams. In 2014, Julie was recruited by The Heritage Group and began working with Calumet Chemical on developing new transformer oils, improving cold flow properties of B100, and researching new technology for supply chain issues as well as working with other THG groups on organic synthesis processes prior to joining Biosynthetic Technologies in 2018. Julie is a 25+ year member of the American Chemical Society where she has been designing and editing the ACS newsletter since 2014 and is also a contributing writer. With a desire to stimulate young minds in the fields of STEM, she has assisted with many Children’s Science Camps and Festivals over the years. With her husband Craig, Julie lives in Fountain Square where they enjoy spending time with friends at local music venues and restaurants, walking and biking the Cultural Trail, and working to improve their local community.
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Dr. Marlon Lutz
Process Chemist

Dr. Lutz brings 17 years of chemistry experience including 6 years dedicated to Estolide synthesis and product development. He is responsible for researching and commercializing our bio based products using Estolide technology.

Dr. Lutz has a strong passion for chemistry where he excels in developing novel molecules and improving chemical processes with an emphasis on incorporating greener methods. Dr. Lutz graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry and an emphasis in synthetic methodology and medicinal and supramolecular chemistry. In addition, Marlon spent over a decade at Regis Technologies in Chicago where he developed novel synthetic routes for active pharmaceutical ingredients and fine/specialty chemicals, optimized processes, and translated this information to develop safe, scalable and robust processes under cGMP regulations. Marlon holds over 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals/books and is named on 14 U.S. patents in the fields of organic chemistry, process chemistry, medicinal chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, and novel cancer therapeutic agents. In his spare time, Marlon enjoys making wine with his wife for their winery, playing sports and his guitar. He also enjoys being outdoors with his wife and their four children whether it is camping, fishing, or just being on the water.
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Debby Neubauer
Marketing Lead

Debby Neubauer is a B2B Marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing. Most recently, she worked for Batesville Casket Company where she was responsible for both Marketing and Technology.

Prior to that she worked for Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. where she ran Marketing for both B2B and B2C divisions. Debby holds a bachelor’s degree From the Haarlem Business School in the Netherlands and an MBA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She resides in Westfield, Indiana with her husband, two dogs and one cat. Debby was born and raised in the Netherlands but has resided in the USA for the last 20 years. Her hobbies include traveling, reading and learning. She’s multilingual and would love to participate in the amazing race at one point in her life.
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Addyson Aiman
Marketing Specialist

Addyson brings a strong chemistry background as well as marketing and sales experience to BT.  As the marketing specialist, her focus is on product management and the strategic marketing direction for brand execution.

She is responsible for execution of social media, website, trade show, and go-to-market strategies. Addyson also works closely with the R&D Team for commercial launches of products. While working at BT, she is completing a 2-year Orr Fellowship which is a post graduate program focused on developing future business leaders and entrepreneurs. Addyson received her B.S. in both Chemistry and Spanish from Butler University in 2019. She led medical and sustainability efforts through Timmy Global Health while in college. In addition to two trips to Central America with Timmy Global Health, Addyson spent five months in Spain where she participated in a Spanish immersion program. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, water-skiing, finding new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.
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Annie Hynes
Research Chemist

Annie brings strong chemistry lab experience and a deep desire to improve the world to the BT R&D Team. She will be creating new products, optimizing manufacturing processes, and providing logistics and administrative support to the R&D Team.

While working at BT, Annie is participating the Orr Fellowship which is a two year post graduate program focused on developing the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders in Indianapolis. Previously, Annie graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. She conducted two years of drug discovery research on campus and interned in automation engineering at a biotech company dedicated to rare diseases. After moving from a suburb of Chicago, Annie now lives in downtown Indy. In her free time, she likes to draw and paint, read, and try new coffee shops.
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Alex Kitchel
Lab Technician

Alex’s work focuses on the use of additives in oils and additional work on the hydrolytic stability of these oils. Prior to BT, Alex worked at Pace Analytical where he worked to determine pollutant and contaminant levels in water and soil samples.

Alex received is B.A. from Hanover College in Biology and History. His work in Biology focuses on ecology and conservation with experience in Thailand where he completed studies on coral bleaching and its effects on marine species richness and evenness. In Alex’s free time he enjoys playing sports, working out, reading, hiking, and scuba diving.
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