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.

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.

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.

Jon Jenks
Chief Financial Officer

Jon joined Advanced BioCatalytics as CFO in September 2018. In this position, he is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction of the Company. Prior to joining ABC, Jon held financial leadership roles with companies in the consumer products space. He started his career in the audit and assurance practice at Moss Adams. Throughout his career in accounting, auditing and financial planning, Jon has established a reputation for building teams and aligning financial and operational metrics to support business strategy and growth. Jon is a CPA and holds a BS in Accounting from California State University, San Bernardino.

Morgan Laidlaw
Vice President, Production and Q.C.

Morgan joined the team after spending nine years in water treatment. He began as a mechanical engineer of large scale desalinization plants, eventually transitioning to a commercial and applications role with GE's filters and membranes. He has commercial and design experience with water treatment systems used across several markets including oil and gas, wastewater, power, and food and beverage. His role at Advanced BioCatalytics is to design and manage the production process, ensuring quality and performance. He holds a BS in mechanical and ocean engineering from MIT.

Frank Toms
Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Frank brings to Advanced BioCatalytics over a decade of experience in the fluoropolymer and surfactant industry, serving as Director of International Sales and Marketing with Aqua Mix, Inc. The company focused on providing cutting edge, water-based sealing and cleaning solutions to the tile, stone, and concrete industries. Frank was successful in expanding operations to over thirty countries, with distribution centers in England, Germany, the UAE, and Singapore. Frank earned his MBA from The University of Texas, Dallas; and brings to ABC an extensive marketing, distribution sales, and strategic planning skill set.