Executive Team

Karratha, Australia

Paul Angelico

President & CEO

As President & CEO, Paul Angelico brings the Company over 25 years of experience with hands on leadership, expertise, and successful results in startups, turnarounds and growing existing businesses in biotechnology, specialty chemicals and consumer goods enterprises. Paul previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for Aurora Algae. Prior to joining Aurora Algae, Paul was the Principal at The Dover Group, a management consulting firm. Paul was a founder and the Chief Executive Officer at Twin Rivers Technologies. He was instrumental in the growth of the company to $350 million in revenues through increased manufacturing capacity, developing new technologies and processes, and growing top-line revenues. Twin Rivers Technologies serves the oleo chemicals, renewable biofuels energy, and food ingredients markets. Paul began his career at The Procter and Gamble Company where he was responsible for Operations and Plant Engineering prior to his promotion to Plant Manager. Paul has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Dr. Bertrand Vick

Chief Technical Officer

Bertrand (“Bert”) Vick is responsible for the Company’s scientific direction. Prior to co-founding Aurora Algae, Bert’s doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley focused on gene expression in complex eukaryotes. He developed deep expertise in protein biochemistry and molecular biology while gaining broad experience in cell culture, molecular genetics, antibody production and cell-based assay development. Bert also earned the Management of Technology certificate from the Haas School of Business. Previous to his doctoral research, he studied one-carbon metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and developed a biological method for producing a valuable industrial chemical. Bert earned his B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Texas, Austin, where he graduated summa cum laude.


Lee Covert

Sr. VP Commercialization

More than 25 years in global food and nutriceutical leadership roles including Eli Lilly & Co., Kyowa Hakko, Ralston Purina, & DuPont Commercial development roles including Sales, Marketing, Business Development & Supply Chain. Successful track record building profitable businesses that sold for premium multiple including Elan Nutrition to Conagra Foods in 2010 & Protein Technologies Int’l to DuPont in 1999 Former VP Contract Brands at ConAgra Foods. B.S. Agriculture, University of Missouri, J.D. Law, St. Louis University


Maria Ross

Sr. Director, Corporate Operations

More than 25 years of HR and organizational development leadership experience in start-up to mid-sized companies with domestic and international markets in desalination, software and hardware , healthcare, etc. Led and experienced in building corporate infrastructure and culture to support fast-pace expansion to IPO. Senior leadership roles at University Healthcare Alliance (foundation of Stanford Healthcare), Energy Recovery, Inc., SAIC Corp, and Xerox Corporation. B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and J.D. from Hastings College of the Law