John R. Shaw CEO of Itaconix Corporation. Mr. Shaw and Dr. Yvon Durant founded Itaconix to manufacture and sell polymers from itaconic acid, an organic acid fermented from renewable resources. The company’s first commercial polymer is currently gaining broad acceptance and use as a high-performance and environmentally-friendly builder in leading green and standard laundry and dishwashing detergents. Additional products are under development to pursue a $10 billion opportunity for Itaconix technologies to replace petroleum-based chemicals used in paints, adhesives, paper, diapers, cement and mining. Mr. Shaw has led successful industrial and medical technology product and company launches for over 20 years, including $2 billion in acquisitions and $30 million in venture funding. He has developed and managed research and development, marketing, sales, finance, distribution, operations, human resources and regulatory affairs to support these launches. He holds a BA from Pomona College and an MBA from Harvard University.