Mark A. Emalfarb
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mark A. Emalfarb is the founder of Dyadic. He has been a member of Dyadic’s board of directors since October 2004 and has served as its Chairman as well as President and Chief Executive Officer from October 2004 until April 2007 and from June 2008 until the present.
Since founding Dyadic in 1979, Mr. Emalfarb has successfully led and managed the evolution of Dyadic from its origins as a pioneer and leader in providing ingredients used in the stone-washing of blue jeans to the discovery, development, manufacturing and commercialization of specialty enzymes used in various industrial applications and the development of an integrated technology platform based on Dyadic’s patented and proprietary C1 fungal microorganism.
Mr. Emalfarb is an inventor of over 25 U.S. and foreign biotechnology patents and patent applications resulting from discoveries related to the Company’s patented and proprietary C1 fungus, and has been the architect behind its formation of several strategic research and development, manufacturing and marketing relationships with U.S. and international partners.
Mr. Emalfarb earned his B.A. degree from the University of Iowa in 1977.
Danai E. Brooks
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Danai E. Brooks joined Dyadic in June 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Dyadic, Mr. Brooks served as Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s investment bank. While at J.P. Morgan, Mr. Brooks advised clients across a broad spectrum of sectors, including chemicals, renewable energy and industrials. He has also held senior operational, engineering and manufacturing positions with Dell Inc., Mars Inc. and Ford Motor Company.
At Dell, Mr. Brooks was an Operations Manager in charge of the production and assembly of servers and desktops. While at Mars, he led efforts to implement lean manufacturing in their North American facilities. Mr. Brooks started his career as an industrial engineer at Ford Motor Company, where he worked in vehicle operations, new product launch and production supervision roles.
Mr. Brooks received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Master of Engineering from Cornell University in 1999, and a Master of Engineering Management from Northwestern University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in 2006.
Michael J. Faby
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Michael J. Faby has been Dyadic’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since February 2012 and previously served as Dyadic’s Vice President Finance since joining the company in December 2009. Mr. Faby has over 24 years of financial, accounting and operational experience.
Prior to joining the Company, he served in various financial capacities of increasing responsibility for Perry Slingsby Systems, Inc. (f/k/a Perry Tritech Inc.), a multi-national designer and manufacturer of remotely operated vehicles to the international offshore oil and gas, telecommunications, military and defense industries including, most recently, as its Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Faby is on the board of directors of the Palm Beach County Workforce Alliance. Mr. Faby earned his B.S degree in accounting from Florida State University in 1988 and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology. Mr. Faby is a certified public accountant in Florida and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Richard H. Jundzil
Vice President Operations
Richard H. Jundzil has been Dyadic’s Vice President of Operations since May 2010, Director of Development & Quality since September 2008 and has held various laboratory, quality and regulatory positions of increasing responsibility since joining the company in August 2003. Mr. Jundzil has over 19 years of quality and operations experience in the biotechnology industry.
He also is able to use his significant experience utilizing process engineering and project management fundamentals while managing the production and distribution of Dyadic’s industrial enzyme products. Prior to joining Dyadic, Mr. Jundzil worked for 10 years at Genzyme Corporation as both a researcher and process engineer producing enzymes for patients with rare genetic diseases.
Mr. Jundzil earned a certificate as a Biotechnology Technician from Middlesex College in 1993 and also studied biomedical/clinical sciences at Boston University.
Thomas M. O’Shaughnessy
Vice President Sales & Marketing
Thomas M. O’Shaughnessy has been Dyadic’s Vice President Sales & Marketing since joining the company in May 2010. Mr. O’Shaughnessy has over 23 years of sales, marketing and business development experience in the chemical industry.
He began his career with the General Electric Company where he spent 12 years in various sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility and leadership. From 1996 to 2002, he served as Business Development Manager at Occidental Chemical Corporation, one of the largest chemical companies in the United States. For the past eight years prior to joining the Company, Mr. O’Shaughnessy served as the Global Business Manager for Momentive Specialty Chemicals (formerly Hexion Specialty Chemicals), the world’s largest producer of thermosetting resins, performance adhesives, UV-curable coatings and the building-block chemical, formaldehyde, for various wood and industrial markets.
He is Six Sigma certified and earned a B.S. degree in computer sciences with a minor in marketing from Plattsburgh State University in 1982.
Dr. Wim van der Wilden
General Manager of Dyadic Netherlands
Wim van der Wilden has been General Manager of Dyadic Netherlands since its founding in 2002 and leads our Research & Development operations. Prior to Dyadic, he worked at The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) as Director of the Food and Biotechnology division and Director of Marketing and Sales. Prior to TNO, he co-founded Cosmoferm, a spin-off company of Gist-brocades, which was acquired by Evonik in 1998. Dr. van der Wilden began his career in industry at Gist-brocades (later part of DSM), where he held senior level positions in charge of Research & Development for Baking and Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. van der Wilden received a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 1973 and a PhD at ETH-Zurich, Switzerland in 1977. He performed his post-doctoral studies at the University of California San Diego and Ruhr-Universitat Bochum in Germany.
Dr. van der Wilden is also active as Business Director of the Kluyver Centre for Genomics and Industrial Fermentation and a member of the International Nomenclature Committee of the Personal Care Products Counsel.
Dr. Jan Wery
Jan Wery joined Dyadic Netherlands in 2007 and is Science Director responsible for Research & Development of industrial and biofuel enzymes. In addition, Dr. Wery manages Dyadic’s public-private partnerships with the Kluyver Center and Eurofung. Prior to Dyadic, he worked at The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), where he led research projects in bioconversion and biotechnological production of added value chemicals from renewable feedstocks. Dr. Wery began his industrial career in 2000 at Friesland Foods as a scientist focused on genomics and physiology of lactic acid bacteria.
Dr. Wery received his PhD in molecular biology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 1997. He performed post-doctoral studies at Rutgers University and Wageningen University dedicated to microbial production of industrial chemicals.
Dr. Wery has authored 30 peer-reviewed research papers and has 10 patent applications.