Robert Evans, Chief Strategy and Business Officer and co-founder of Purissima, has more than 20 years experience growing international businesses, launching cutting edge materials and technologies while leading multinational business teams. In his current endeavor, Rob draws on past experience as Vice President of Sales for TerraVia, Inc. (formerly Solazyme, Inc.), an industrial biotech company pioneering the production of renewable oils from micro-algae, where he built both a commercial team and the corporate infrastructure to launch the first products and realize the company’s first sales revenue. Prior to TerraVia, Rob was an Executive at DSM, a Dutch, Life Science & Materials Sciences Company active in health, nutrition and materials ($11B sales, 22,000 Employees). For more than 16 years at DSM, Rob held Business Leadership, Marketing and Sales roles of progressively larger scope and responsibility, while residing in the USA and for 5+ years in the Netherlands. Rob holds an MBA from the University of Southern Indiana and a BS in Chemistry from George Mason University.