Calyxt Announces Strategic Hires In Business Development And Manufacturing

Calyxt, Inc., a plant-based synthetic biotechnology company, welcomed the second of two director-level hires in areas critical to the continued advancement of the company’s key technology and business development goals.


Suellen Boot joined as business development director earlier in April. Boot brings more than 20 years of business development expertise to Calyxt, where she will lead partnerships, deal structuring, valuation modeling, transaction execution and alliance management for the company’s key target markets. 


Elizabeth Teigland joined as manufacturing director. Teigland brings over 15 years of chemistry and purification expertise to Calyxt. She will be responsible for leading and managing the optimization of the company’s BioFactory Production System and play a significant role in helping to facilitate pilot to commercial scale production of the of customer demand-driven compounds.


“I am pleased to welcome Suellen and Elizabeth to Calyxt,” said Michael. A Carr, president and CEO at Calyxt. “Their arrivals are critical for advancing two of our near-term revenue streams: business development and BioFactory commercialization. Each of these talented individuals bring unique skills that equip our company for increased growth and momentum. Utilizing its PlantSpring technology platform, Calyxt strives to enable customers to create products using plant-based ingredients that can be used to help customers meet their sustainability goals.”


Carr added that Suellen’s experience is aligned with the company’s strategy to deliver plant-based synthetic biotechnology solutions to target customers in the identified key end markets of cosmeceuticals, nutraceuticals, and pharmaceuticals. Elizabeth’s experience in portfolio management for innovation, commercialization, and product development, he added, will bolster the plant chemistry manufacturing and production capabilities.


Prior to joining Calyxt, Boot most recently served as managing director, natural innovation and operation at Green Line. Prior to that, was the vice president of sales and marketing at Bio Component Research, and global manager, technical marketing at Lonza Consumer Care and at Arch Personal Care Products. Boot held several marketing manager and global product roles at Croda Inc., GE Advanced Materials, and Brooks Industries, Inc. She holds a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from St. Andrews Presbyterian College.


Teigland joins Calyxt from Agropour Ingredients, where she served as director of protein research and led a cross-functional, global team with ingredient and reliable method development. Prior to that, she served as research scientist at Saputo Dairy Foods USA, and as field application specialist at m2p-labs GmbH. Previously, Teigland held various biotechnology and chemistry roles at Cargill, Inc. Teigland holds a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and chemistry from University of Iowa and a master of science in chemistry and microbiology from the University of Oregon.