Dr. Zahn joined DuPont Tate and Lyle Bio Products Company in February 2011 as the company's Vice President of Technology. Jim has more than 17 years' experience in developing and commercializing new products and biomanufacturing processes in start-up, and mature business, including Coskata, DuPont, The Dow Chemical Company, and Eli Lilly & Company. Work in these roles led to over 30 peer-reviewed publications in basic research and product development, fourteen patents in biotechnology, launch of several new green chemistry products, including the successful Spinetoram, and over $31 million in company savings as a certified Six Sigma Green Belt project manager. Jim earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Microbiology from Iowa State University, and undergraduate degrees from Central College in Pella, IA.
Jim resides in Farragut, TN with his wife Jody. They have one child in medical school, one child in college, and two younger children at home. Hobbies include volunteering for local non-profit and school organizations, SCUBA, cycling, and golf.