Microbia PE Adds Nutritional Ingredient Industry Veteran Charles Walton to Senior Management Team

Monday, January 12, 2009 General News
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LEXINGTON, Mass., Jan. 12 Microbia Precision Engineering,Inc. (Microbia) announced today that Charles Wesley Walton has joined thecompany as Director of North American Sales. In this newly created position,Mr. Walton will be responsible for developing and maintaining businessaccounts and building customer relationships across North America.

"Chuck Walton is a highly experienced veteran of the food and nutritionalsupplement industries with an exceptional 25-year sales and marketing recordthat epitomizes Microbia's hallmark traits: Passion, innovation, and the driveto excel," said Richard Bailey, Ph.D., CEO of Microbia. "We are delighted tohave Chuck join our ranks, and we look forward to his contributions as we takefull advantage of the company's scientific leadership to shape the future ofMicrobia and bring important new bio-based products to market."

"This is an exciting time to join Microbia as momentum builds for thecompany," said Mr. Walton. "With its unique approach to metabolic pathwayengineering, Microbia has made impressive progress over the past several yearsin building a company that is well-positioned to capitalize on the tremendouspromises of industrial biotechnology. The Microbia team has done anoutstanding job of ensuring that the company is ready to build on itstechnology and business opportunities, and I look forward to accelerating thatmomentum as we focus on commercializing the company's initial carotenoidproducts and expanding pipeline of bioproducts and materials."

Chuck Walton's experience in senior-level sales and marketing, productdevelopment, and strategic planning positions with food and nutritionalsupplements companies spans more than 20 years. Before joining Microbia,Mr. Walton was Executive Vice President and a co-founder of Attitude DrinkCompany, for which he created the IQZOL and Vis Viva brands and managedproduct development. Prior to that, he served as Director of ProductDevelopment and Innovation for Bravo! Brands, after serving 17 years withDSM Nutritional products (formerly Roche Vitamins, Inc.). At Roche Vitamins,Mr. Walton was a Senior Account Manager and a major contributor to productdesign and new product introductions specializing in the food and beverageindustry representing more than $30 million in revenue. At DSM Nutritional,Mr. Walton received five President's Achievement awards for outstanding salesand three top supplier awards from major food and beverage manufacturers.Mr. Walton holds a B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration from SaintCloud State University.

ABOUT MICROBIA PE (http://www.microbia-pe.com)

Microbia is an industrial biotechnology company applying proprietarymetabolic engineering approaches to create novel, commercially valuablespecialty ingredients and biomaterials. Microbia's products are generated fromrenewable raw materials and either replace existing petrochemical-derivedcounterparts in a cost-effective manner, or introduce new industrial chemicalswith applications as novel biomaterials. Microbia is commercializing itstechnology through internal product development programs as well as strategicalliances, including an ongoing multiproduct joint development andcommercialization agreement with Tate & Lyle Investments, Ltd. Microbia wasestablished in 2006 as a majority-owned subsidiary of IronwoodPharmaceuticals, Inc. and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts.Contact: Mary Moynihan M2Friend Biocommunications 802.951.9600 mary@m2friend.com

SOURCE Microbia

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