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We are revolutionizing industrial processes and materials with plant-based chemicals..

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Our leadership team brings together a unique blend of international, scientific, industrial and business skills with a passion to making things happen.

Paul-Joël Derian

President

Paul-Joël Derian

President

Nicolas Masson

CEO

A science enthusiast, Nicolas earned a degree in engineering from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité in Paris before rounding out his scientific background by spending several years as a financial consultant. Convinced that the finance department should be a business partner inside the organization, he joined Sofiprotéol in 2012 to help to ensure that business decisions are grounded in sound financial analysis.

Sustainable growth can only be achieved through constant innovation driven by customer success.

Nicolas Masson

Nicolas Masson

CEO

Xavier Le Fur

Chief Technology Officer / Business Development Manager

Xavier holds a Ph.D from the University of Göttingen (Germany- 2006), a MBA from IAE (France-2016), and a degree of Engineer from ENSTIB (France-2003).

Prior to joining EVERTREE as a CTO and Business Development Manager, Xavier occupied several management positions at a global wood-based panel supplier. There, he led R&D, sales support, industrial and business development projects for European and North American markets. He contributed to several creations of new industrial ventures addressing furniture, construction and automotive markets.

Expert in materials (polymers, wood, fibres, adhesives, plastics and composites) and related industrial processes, Xavier is passionate about product innovation and market development.

Xavier Le Fur

Xavier Le Fur

Chief Technology Officer / Business Development Manager

Peter Tagge

CEO North America

Peter holds a BA from Dartmouth College and MBA in Corporate Finance from  Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.

His professional background has been devoted to commodity trading at various multinationals in Europe and Asia. Prior to assuming the responsibilities for Evertree and Avril in the United States, Peter was General Manager of Avril’s oilseed processing and bio-diesel businesses in Romania for 13 years. Peter concurrently holds the title of Director, North America, for Groupe Avril, France.

Hailing from Massachusetts, Peter lists his personal interests as including  skiing and long-distance running.

Peter Tagge

CEO North America

Anthony Parker, Ph.D

Lead Scientist

Tony has over 30 years of industrial research, development, and management experience. His interest and expertise are in the areas of surface chemistry and adhesion, mechanical properties of polymers, UV curable coatings, structure-property-process relationships, thermal analytical methods and solid-state NMR spectroscopy. His virtuosity isn’t limited to the lab; he’s also an accomplished musician and singer.

There’s a real connection between research and music. Both take a mix of inspiration, insight and precision.

Anthony Parker, Ph.D

Lead Scientist

Fabrice Flores

Application Scientist

Fabrice Flores

Fabrice Flores

Application Scientist

Yusuf Celikbag

Senior Development Chemist

Yusuf holds Ph.D. in Sustainable Biomaterials and M.Sc. in Polymer and Fiber Engineering both from Auburn University (Auburn, AL. USA).

Prior joining to Evertree North America team, Yusuf worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Forest Products Development Center at Auburn University where he worked on the development of hydrophobic self-curing epoxy resins for the wood composites. His area of expertise includes synthesis and development of bio-based thermosetting polymers (epoxy, polyurethane and PF resin), wood chemistry, and thermomechanical liquefaction of lignocellulosic biomass.

Yusuf Celikbag

Senior Development Chemist

Xavier Rançon

Intelligence & Intellectual Property Manager

Xavier is a European patent attorney with extensive experience in the biotechnology field and intellectual property management and strategy. Prior to joining Evertree, Xavier was IP manager within a biopharmaceutical company and then French and European patent attorney for a decade in a leading French IP Law firm. He holds an Engineer’s degree in Agronomy from Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon (France) and two CEIPI diplomas respectively in patent and trademark law from University of Strasbourg (France).

Supporting the R&D teams on the path of innovation to find a way out of the need for fossil-based chemicals by using renewable and abundant plant resources is an exciting challenge.

Xavier Rancon

Xavier Rançon

Intelligence & Intellectual Property Manager

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Our investors

Our investors do more than just fund Evertree. They each contribute to the success of the company.

AVRIL

Avril, a European leader in oilseeds and proteins, is the founding member of the holding company that owns a majority stake in Evertree. Avril also contributes its industrial and supply chain know-how, raw materials upstream integration, comprehensive R&D resources, oilseed know-how and intellectual property.

Evertree is the perfect example of Avril Group’s ambition to create sustainable value for industry with a promising technology that gives end users very positive health and cost benefits. We want to see Evertree blossom into one of Avril’s main growth drivers.

Michel BouclyEvertree board memberDeputy CEO of Avril

BPI FRANCE

France’s public investment bank is the other partner of the joint venture, along with Avril. It invests in and provides strategic support to promising French start-ups, just like us.

Evertree is an eco-friendly, economic and societal solution to the problem of formaldehyde in wood products. Bpifrance, through the SPI fund, is helping Evertree demonstrate the marketability of it products and scale up production to serve the entire wood industry. A long-term partner, Bpifrance is supporting Evertree and its leadership team on this journey.

Magalie JoesselInvestment Director Bpifrance SPI fund

BPT

Biopolymer Technologies is an industrial science and technology startup, specializing in the domains of Nano chemistry and bio-technology. It developed and contributed its customer base, founding R&D team and a broad range of technologies related to the use of plant proteins in applications such as wood composite boards and polyurethane foams.

Customer success drives technology and innovation forward. We joined strengths with Avril and Bpifrance, and created Evertree to ensure that our customers have access to a sustainable, groundbreaking technology that delivers real added-value.

Rani HagagEvertree board member

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