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Developing and commercializing innovative products and processes in the renewable & sustainable chemistries space.


Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Year Founded
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Stage of Development
Scale Up TRL 8
Value Chain Impact


Key Contacts

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Tom van Aken

Chief Executive Officer

Tom Van Aken holds a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands and worked at DSM from 1996 till 2002. He joined Avantium as Vice-President of Business Development and became Chief Executive Officer of Avantium in 2005.
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Gert-Jan Gruter

Chief Technology Officer

Gert-Jan is combining his role as CTO of Avantium with a chair as Professor Industrial Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. Prior to this, he was Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology, and Research Leader at DSM Research. He holds a PhD Organometallic Chemistry, Topology and Physical Organic Chemistry at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam.
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Zanna McFerson

Chief Business Development Officer

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