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Doug Heemstra

Doug Heemstra

Phone: 616-395-8958 Heemstra has extensive experience in process automation and system optimization in a chemical manufacturing setting. Having worked for companies including Pfizer, Corium, Amgen, and most recently Mead Johnson Nutrition, he has led large teams and multi-million dollar projects. A graduate of Aquinas College, he earned bachelor’s degrees in both chemistry and mathematics, then went on to complete a master’s degree…

Tom Guarr

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Tom Guarr is director of Research and Development at the Organic Energy Storage Laboratory at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute-Holland. His current research is focused on using organic materials for various types of electrical energy storage. Examples of ongoing projects include work toward the use of conductive polymers as active supercapacitor materials, the synthesis of “redox shuttles” to prevent overcharging in…

Tom Bauer

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Tom Bauer started his career with PPG Industries working as a Technical Services/Development Engineer focused primarily on herbicide process development. In 1984, he moved to Holland, Michigan, to work for Parke‐Davis as an Area Manager in Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient manufacturing. Through his 25 years with Parke‐Davis/Pfizer, Tom advanced to lead the Environmental, Health and Safety and Materials Management Departments. In 2009, he…

John Judge

Chemist John Judge

John W. Judge has been with the MSU Bioeconomy Institute in Holland since 2010. He manages the analytical laboratory and is responsible for analysis of incoming raw materials, in-process intermediates and final products, as well as process development for our client companies. In addition, he also provides chemical support for Aqua Clara International, an MSUBI building tenant and non-profit organization dedicated to…

Prabhat Malviya

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Prabhat Malviya is the Chief Engineer in the MSU Bioeconomy Institute in Holland MI. After 25 years with Pfizer, he was one of seven former Pfizer colleagues that accepted positions with Michigan State University to operate the MSU Bioeconomy Institute in March of 2009.  At Pfizer, Malviya held positions of increasing responsibility as Plant Engineer, Senior Plant Engineer, Project Manager and Technical…

Robert J. Hanchar

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Dr. Robert Hanchar is a project manager and senior scientist at MSUBI-Lansing. He holds more than twenty years of industrial experience in the development of recovery and purification processes as well as extensive experience in analytical chemistry. He received both his Bachelor of Science degree and Doctoral degree in synthetic organic chemistry from Michigan State University. While in college, Bob also worked…

Susanne Kleff

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Dr. Susanne Kleff earned both a master’s degree and PhD in Biology from the University of Cologne–Germany. Her studies focused on characterizing recombination enzymes and genes from Bacteriophage T4 and yeast. At the State University in New York at Stony Brook, Susanne completed her postdoc fellowship, identifying and cloning the first histone acetyltransferase in yeast. Later at Michigan State University, Susanne assisted…

Chad Pastor

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Lansing Facility — 517.336.4647 Chad Pastor brings a diverse background in both biology and business to the Bioeconomy Institute’s talented mix of scientists, engineers, and business team members. Chad earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Kalamazoo College and then enrolled at Michigan State University to pursue a master’s degree in entomology. His first experience with biotechnology was within the field of…