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We apply our knowledge of systems biology to optimize yeast for commercial processes in the bio-based chemical market.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Biotechnology
  • Location Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded November 2008
  • Employees 10
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website

Company Summary

Xylogenics is advancing renewable biochemical production through a unique combination of yeast and service products. Our service products increase the efficiency and profitability of today’s biochemical producers now. Our yeast products will further advance profitability of current biochemical production and enable producers to diversify to higher margin biochemicals such as enzymes, alcohols, nutraceuticals, and high value organic compounds.


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    President & CEO

    Josh is one of the inventors of GX-1 and co-founders of Xylogenics. He received his Ph.D. in yeast biochemistry in 2010 after starting Xylogenics. He has extensive ethanol plant trialing experience where he has built a reputation for his integrity and knowledge. Josh also spearheaded the initial commercial development of GX-1, guiding the team to successfully enable independent development and commercialization of Xylogenics technologies.

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    Chief Scientific Advisor

    Mark is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor of Xylogenics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and did post-doctoral work in the Department of Genetics of the University of Washington (Seattle). Dr. Goebl has over 25 years of experience in yeast biology.

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    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Hubbard has over 20 years of experience in management, operations, and business development in emerging technology related ventures. He was a partner in a regional CPA firm based in Indianapolis that provided operational and management, accounting and tax advisory services to entrepreneurial enterprises. Mr. Hubbard is a licensed CPA and has earned a B.A. in Microbiology, and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University Kelly School of Business.

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    Chief Scientific Officer

    Dr. Matt Kelker currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer. Matt oversees operations of Xylogenics analytical laboratory and interfaces with ethanol plants in order to optimize our laboratory models for plant scale operations. His core duties involve smooth scale-up transitions and analytical support to plant managers, and efficient communications with Xylogenics leadership.

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    Director of Metabolic Engineering

    Dr. Nadaraj Palaniappan is currently working on the design and strategy for delivering a GX-1 cellulosic strain for corn fiber fermentation. This strategy will lead to a huge opportunity for our technology in the emerging cellulosic ethanol market. He has 15 years of molecular microbiological experience in research and development of microbial natural products for application in pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.

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    Director of Systems Biology

    Ross is working alongside Dr. Goebl spearheading the annotation of our newly acquired commercial yeast sequence data. He is also conducting a GX-1 gene profiling study to help Xylogenics better understand yeasts response to industrial fermentations. Under Dr. Craig Pikaard at IU he learned to manage and annotate next generation sequence data. Ross holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

  • Xylo katie houin 180x180
    VP of Operations

    Serves as the VP of Operations for Xylogenics, having previously run the Xylogenics lab. Prior to Xylogenics she worked under Dr. Radcliffe at Purdue studying the nutrition of non-ruminants, specifically DDGS metabolism. She has been part of the Xylogenics team since completing her Bachelors in 2010. She has a B.S in biology from Purdue University and will be completing her MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 2016.

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    National Sales Manager

    Carl has over 35 years experience in sales, with 30 of those being in a managerial role within various industries. Carl has over 8 years experience in the Fuel Ethanol Industry, as a sales manager for Lallemand Biofuels heading up the Eagle Yeast program. The last 2 years he was employed by Syngenta as an Area Sales Manager. He joined Xylogenics to expand Xylogenics footprint in the Ethanol marketplace with their Analytical Modeling program.


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    Nicholas E. Mathioudakis (Faegre Baker & Daniels)

Previous Investors

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    Indiana University Medical Group foundation
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    Joseph Prochaska Jr. (Irish Angels)