Biorefinery Technology Developer PureVision Promotes Scientists, Ramps Up Staffing

November 23, 2015

FT. LUPTON, Colo. – November 23, 2015 – PureVision Technology, Inc., a Colorado-based biorefinery technology developer, announced that it has filled three management positions. PureVision now has 21 employees at the company’s Fort Lupton Colorado headquarters.

David DeCoster, who was hired in February 2014 as a PureVision senior engineer, has been promoted to Director of Process Development. David has over 45 years of industrial experience with expertise in research, development and commercialization with an emphasis on green technology and environmental impact minimization. With over 30 patents, David brings his engineering experience and expertise to PureVision including pilot plant operations, biochemicals, petrochemicals, polymers, organic chemistry and material science. In the capacity of Director of Process Development, David is managing the PureVision pilot plant and operations staff. David earned his MS in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University and a BA in General Science from Grinnell College.

Dhrubojyoti Dey Laskar, Ph.D., joined the company in December 2013 as PureVision’s Technical Project Manager. Dhrubo has been promoted to Director of Scientific Development and is an acknowledged leader in the research of lignin, biochemistry and biopolymer development. Previously he was a Senior Research Associate at Washington State University’s Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy. He has received grants and awards from the Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and National Science Foundation. Dr. Laskar obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry at CSIR-NEIST, Dibrugarh University.

PureVision has also hired Michael Bright in the capacity of Marketing Manager. Michael earned an MBA in international business and domestic marketing from St. Mary’s University, Texas with a BS in marketing from the University of Northern Colorado. His skill sets include founding successful startups and expanding existing enterprises, with an emphasis on creating strategic partnerships. Highly respected in both the public and private sectors, he is a recognized writer, speaker and routinely chairs high-profile national conferences and symposia. Among his responsibilities, Michael is focusing on market development for PureHemp Technology LLC, a PureVision subsidiary scaling up a biorefining technology for processing industrial hemp.

Also joining PureVision in July of this year is Senior Operations Manager, Kirk Firestone, P.E. Kirk is an experienced engineer, and joins PureVision with 21 years in manufacturing, design and safety compliance. Kirk’s career achievements include three patents, two in product design and one tooling. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

PureVision has also hired four technicians and operators to support the new contracts for research, development and production activities.

PureVision’s patented refining technology takes in raw biomass—like corn stalks, wheat straw, and industrial hemp—and produces intermediate biomaterials for making hundreds of bio-products. PureVision’s process has advanced from proof of concept, to bench scale, to an operating one-half-ton-per-day continuous pilot plant at the company’s Fort Lupton headquarters. The company is planning to break ground on its first commercial demonstration-scale biorefinery in 2016.

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