22nd Century Appoints Leading Plant Biotechnology Expert Dr. Michael Koganov to Board of Directors
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE American: XXII) (“22nd Century” or “the Company”), a leading plant-based, life science company driven by next generation plant biotechnology, today announced the appointment of Michael Koganov, Sc.D., Ph.D., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Koganov will serve as Chair of the Company’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee and as a member of its Finance Committee.
“We are excited to welcome Michael to our Board,” said 22nd Century’s Board Chair, Nora Sullivan. “As a recognized expert in plant biotechnology and life science, Michael will further strengthen our leadership team with his highly relevant expertise related to the Company’s strategic, scientific initiatives.”
“Michael has been a trusted scientific leader and key advisor to many science-driven organizations and will make a great addition to our team of experienced and talented Board members,” said James A. Mish, Chief Executive Officer of 22nd Century Group. “With a successful track record of developing natural, plant-based technologies and solutions for pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods, and life science companies, he will bring a valuable scientific perspective to our business and R&D strategies. I am confident that Michael will make significant contributions to 22nd Century as we further position ourselves as a leading plant-based, life science company.”
Dr. Koganov is recognized as a leading expert in the development of natural products using plant biotechnology and has achieved considerable accomplishments in physico-chemistry, biochemistry, bioelectrochemistry, and biotechnology. He is credited with developing Electro-Membrane technology for the comprehensive processing of plants to produce protein concentrates and secondary metabolites. Dr. Koganov co-founded IBT LLC, which developed the proprietary and sustainable Zeta Fraction™ technology. This technology selectively isolates efficacious components from living plants and marine sources to produce a wide range of biofunctional ingredients. After this award-winning technology was acquired by AkzoNobel and then Ashland Global Holdings Inc., Dr. Koganov directed the research, product development, and commercialization of patented, multifunctional, bioactive Zeta Fractions, which are used as key, signature ingredients in numerous products of global companies in the OTC and personal care spaces, as well as various synergistic compositions of Zeta Fractions obtained from living plants from twelve major plant families.
Dr. Koganov is the President and Co-Founder of Intellebio LLC, a consulting and testing firm focused on the development of novel technologies, advanced test methods, and breakthrough products in the life science field. Dr. Koganov received his Master of Science degre in Biochemistry from the State University, Dnipropetrovsk, USSR; his Ph.D. in Bioelectrochemistry from Institute of Chemical Technology, Dnipropetrovsk, USSR; and Full Doctor of Sciences (Sc.D.) degree in biotechnology from the Higher Attestation Commission of the USSR’s Council of Ministers. He has written more than 70 publications, secured over 100 granted patents, and is the author of two books.
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