Founders

Summary

Dr. Lanny Robbins

Dr. Lanny A. Robbins is a co-founder of Gantec Inc. and a Consulting Engineer.  Robbins received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Iowa State University.  In 2006 Dr. Robbins was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Lanny retired as a Research Fellow after 37 years at The Dow Chemical Company at Midland, Michigan. His expertise is in fundamental chemical engineering research and pilot plant process development; especially for separation and purification processes. He has developed unique technology for scale-down and scientific study of plant processes to generate experimental data for successful scale-up.

He is the author of the liquid-liquid extraction chapters in Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook, 6th and 7th ed, and Schweitzer’s Handbook of Separation Techniques for Chemical Engineers, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ed. Robbins has researched, developed and implemented many separation and purification unit operations used in Dow. Robbins is the author of more than 185 technical reports in Dow, 19 outside publications, and 18 US patents. Dr. Robbins received the prestigious H. H. Dow Gold Medal from the Board of Directors of The Dow Chemical Company in 1993.

He is listed in “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.” He also has served as an adjunct professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Michigan State University and has served on the advisory boards for the Chemical Engineering Departments at VPI and Iowa State University.  He has been an invited guest lecturer at University of Bucknell, VPI, Cornell, University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, Berkley, Iowa State University and others.

Lanny has two grown children and resides in Edenville, Michigan.

Richard Olson

Richard A. Olson is a co-founder of GANTEC Inc., serves as President of Gantec and is on the Board of Directors.  He is a (Cum Laude) graduate of Augustana College with a B.A. in Chemistry. He earned his M.S. in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota. 

After 24 years working at The Dow Chemical Company, Ric left Dow to pursue economic development projects in Fiji, Tonga, Nepal, Mauritania and Senegal.  GANTEC Inc. grew from the economic development projects in Mauritania and Senegal and was incorporated in 2005.

Mr. Olson worked for The Dow Chemical Company in the environmental health and safety area.  One of his primary responsibilities was to help inform and influence federal and state regulatory policies, and to help the company respond to and implement regulatory requirements.  In these capacities, he became a founding member of the Pollution Prevention Pilot Project co-developed with the Natural Resources Defense Council. These programs sought to systematically evaluate chemical manufacturing processes to identify, develop and implement cost effective waste reduction opportunities. The project was a national award winning project of the Pollution Prevention Council.

Ric was a Dow representative on President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development, and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. Olson also managed the RCRA corrective action program for Dow US facilities and successfully managed technically complex and politically challenging clean-up operations involving industrial and low level radioactive waste.  Ric is member of the National Sustainable Ag Standards Committee facilitated by the Leonardo Academy.

Mr. Olson has served successfully on both state and federal level environmental and hazardous Advisory Boards, and has served on the boards of directors for several non-profit organizations. 

He and his wife Laura have five grown children and reside in Hope, Michigan.

Dr. Joseph Affholter

Dr. Joe Affholter is a co-founder of Gantec, a Consulting Scientist and serves on the board of directors for Gantec Inc.  He earned his B.S. degree at Michigan Technology University in chemistry and biology.   Joe was awarded his PhD in molecular pharmacology from Stanford University.  

Joe worked for The Dow Chemical company helping to establish the biotechnology research organization focusing on extremophylic organisms.  While on sabbatical at Cal Tech, Joe was an inventor of a molecular breeding technology that became the platform technology for a start-up biotechnology company- Maxygen.  Joe was involved in licensing the technology to companies in pharma, agriculture and specialty chemical spaces.   Maxygen went through a successful IPO in which Joe was a senior executive.   

Joe’s academic, research, intellectual property, biotechnology and business experience have been critical to the development of Gantec and the platform technology of bioadaptive supplementation.   This technology involves identifying plant based sources of chemistry that can be sources to meet market demand.   This chemistry is diverse and natural.  Extracting the key chemistry using Gantec technology and knowledge provides a broad and unique spectrum of molecular secondary metabolites that are from plants and find homes in plants.   This chemistry is formulated into products that are applied to plants and enhance the plants ability to deal with stress.  The application rates of these materials ranges from ounces to quarts per acre and has the potential for significant economic benefit to the users. 

Joe is an inventor on over a dozen patents and uses his experience in the intellectual property space to develop a sustainable IP platform for Gantec.  

Joe and his wife Roxanne have 4 adult children and reside in Coleman, MI.

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