ST. LOUIS — John Evans has joined AB Mauri as vice-president of yeast innovation. In In his new role, Mr. Evans will lead the St. Louis-based yeast innovation team in the origination, design and development of AB Mauri’s yeast innovation projects.

John Evans, AB Mauri
John Evans, new v.p. of yeast innovation at AB Mauri

Mr. Evans joins AB Mauri after spending more than 31 years in academic and research positions. His most recent role was vice-president of science and technology for POET, the world’s largest bioethanol and bioproduct producer. During his time at POET, Mr. Evans led research efforts on starch and cellulosic ethanol and on valorizing biorefinery co-products. He also served as an assistant research professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

“John is a tremendous addition to our innovation team,” said Mark Prendergast, president of AB Mauri North America. “Under John’s leadership, I’m confident and excited for the future of AB Mauri’s yeast innovation efforts throughout North America.”

Mr. Evans received a bachelor of science degree in biological science and science education from Florida State University. He also holds a doctorate in molecular and cellular biology from Florida State University as well as post-doctoral fellowships in cell biology and physiology from National Jewish Health in Denver and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.