Management Team

Advanced BioCatalytics' management team has wide experience in industrial biotechnology, surface energy modification, industrial and institutional cleaning, oil field chemicals, agricultural, environmental engineering, water and wastewater treatment and maritime cleaning industries. The management team's corporate headquarters is located in Irvine, California.

Chris Harano
President and Chief Executive Officer

Chris is an expert in leading companies through periods of transformation, commercialization of technology and rapid commercial growth. Prior to joining Advanced BioCatalytics, Chris was President of Leading Edge Aviation Services, an aerospace paint and coatings company, which has transformed from a privately held company to an institutionally owned, global market share leader. Prior to that Chris ran a manufacturing company of power generation equipment through a similar growth and transformation process. He first gained growth company experience as CFO of Day Software, which he managed from the start-up phase, through international expansion, IPO and ultimately a strategic sale to Adobe Software. Early in his career Chris was a CPA at Price Waterhouse performing audit, consulting, mergers & acquisitions and business turnarounds. Chris holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MS in the Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

John W. (Jack) Baldridge
Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Jack is a seasoned international business executive. He has experience in several business sectors, including: pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food, consumer goods, industrial biotechnology, biopolymers and environmental science. He has been awarded patents in biofilm control, protein fermentation and surface energy chemistry. Jack has held senior domestic and international management positions at Mead Johnson International, Bristol Myers International, Red Star Yeast and Universal Foods Corporation. He negotiated and closed more than 150 product licenses, joint ventures, subsidiaries and distribution agreements with major international corporations in the U.S., and in more than 60 countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He was a founder of 5 start-up companies that became NASDAQ publicly traded firms and CEO or a Senior Officer of three of these firms. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. Jack has a Bachelor of Science from Marquette University and a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

G.M. (Bill) Torres
Chief Operating Officer

Bill was the Founder, President, CEO and principal shareholder of Serrot International until its sale to Waste Management, Inc. Serrot became the world's largest manufacturer and installer of geosynthetic linings with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada, Chile, and Germany. Serrot did field lining installations in over 80 countries, and generated sales of $200 million selling into the solid waste, wastewater, mining, and agriculture industries. Bill holds patents in the fields of geomembranes and leak detection systems. Prior to founding Serrot, Bill worked eleven years with Ameron in the U.S. and its foreign subsidiaries. Ameron is a major concrete and steel pipe manufacturer for the water and wastewater industries in the municipal and industrial market place. Bill is a registered professional engineer in the State of California and earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Carl W. Podella
Founder, Executive Vice President, Research and Development

Carl is an applications scientist with expertise in new product creation; design and development, including patenting new technology, regulatory affairs, manufacturing process design, and marketing plan development. He holds patents in surfactant chemistry and its applications. As a Senior Technology Specialist in International Research and Development for S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. for twenty-seven years, Carl led a team of chemists and technicians, started subsidiary companies in international territories, managed product accounts averaging more than $200 million in annual sales, performed research and development projects in several foreign countries, and launched more than one hundred products worldwide. Carl attended the University of Wisconsin and took additional coursework at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Michael G. Goldfeld, PhD, DSc
Director – Corporate Research

Michael joined the company in 2003. He previously held senior research and professorial positions in various academic, governmental and corporate organizations, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of California-Irvine, and over 15 years as a head of research at the Institute of Chemical Physics, Moscow. His area of expertise is in biophysical chemistry, surface and membrane science. He authored over 120 peer-reviewed research papers, monographs, textbooks; and holds patents in the fields of agricultural chemistry, bioactive compounds and surfactants. Michael holds an MS degree in chemistry from the Moscow University, and PhD and DSc from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Andrew D. Malec, PhD
Director – Product Development

Andrew joined the company in 2014. He previously was with Stepan Company located in their European R&D center in Voreppe, France. He held various roles in research and development positions in both the United States and in Europe leading product development focused on functional products, which encompasses the agrochemical, oil field, emulsion polymerization, and specialty foamer markets. His areas of expertise are in surfactants, surface science, formulation technology, and product development. He has authored a variety of peer reviewed publications and patents in fields ranging from agrochemical technology and novel surfactants to studies on interfacial water, 2D electrochemistry and electron spin resonance. Andrew holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley.

Steven Snead-Smith
Vice President – Sales & Marketing

Prior to joining Advanced Biocatalytics, Steve spent 23 years with Evonik Corporation dealing with a large range of surfactant applications. Steve's most recent role at Evonik was Business Director of Household Care, a business line specializing in surfactants used in Fabric Care, Home Care, and Oil & Gas applications. Steve is an experienced leader with P & L responsibility and a perfect fit for Advanced BioCatalytics for their executive leadership position where his strengths in general management, sales, marketing, and business development, can be utilized to reach the organization’s growth targets. He has a long history as a leader within Evonik, with continued success and promotion in every position.