Dr Sean Simpson of LanzaTech named 2013 World Class New Zealander for Science, Technology and Academ

Tuesday 18th June 2013

We are delighted to announce that Dr Sean Simpson of pioneering sustainable fuels company LanzaTech has been presented the Science, Technology and Academia Award in the 2013 World Class New Zealand Awards.  Dr Simpson co-founded LanzaTech in 2005 and since then has gone on to build a thriving research-led company employing over 140 staff with offices in the USA, New Zealand and China.

LanzaTech’s core technology involves taking waste gases from Steel Mills and converting them via a fermentation process into high value low carbon fuels and high value chemicals.  The fermentation uses microbes that convert carbon monoxide into fuels such as ethanol.  The core technology has been successfully demonstrated in a pilot plant in New Zealand and two large pre-commercial scale plants in China. A commercial scale plant is currently in planning near Shanghai.  By using waste gases instead of food (for example sugarcane or corn), LanzaTech’s fermentation technology provides a sustainable, low-cost, low carbon fuel production process with no impact on availability of food or land.

Each stage of the core process has been developed by attracting the best talent to innovate and advance the technology.  Dr Simpson and his team have made several key advances in understanding and optimising the fermentation and the company has a large patent portfolio as proof of their innovative nature.

LanzaTech’s innovation and extensive intellectual property portfolio has been an important factor in securing investment from companies and venture capital investors keen to gain a foothold in the emerging sustainable fuels and chemicals market.  Baldwins IP is proud to support LanzaTech in managing their portfolio and advising them on intellectual property matters.

LanzaTech has received a number of prestigious global awards for its ground-breaking green technology.  It continues to blaze a trail by securing funding and partnerships with leading global companies and academic organisations in order to further develop and commercialise their technology.

The vision and endeavour shown by Dr Simpson and his research team is an inspiration to all budding entrepreneurs and scientists and we wish him and LanzaTech all the best for their exciting future.

For more information on LanzaTech, visit their website -www.lanzatech.com 

Click here for a video of Dr Sean Simpson presenting at the Inspire Auckland 2013 conference

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