MEET OUR TEAM
Led by Passionate Experts
CEO and Founder
John Knight is the founder of Calyxar and has extensive experience in commercial CBD processing and manufacturing. Prior to this John was an owner and operator of a large-scale petroleum supply chain trading business in the US spanning several decades. This operation included refining, transportation and retail businesses as part of a strategically located destination for commercial users.
CFO and Founder
Paul Defries has vast experience in commodities and finance. He has a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering and worked on the scaling FDA trials for production of Augmentin with SmithKline Beecham. Recently as CFO he helped design and build two waste-to-biogas facilities in Beijing China and a strong advocate of sustainable operations and associated financing. He has MBA Kellogg- HKUST and vast network in Asia perfectly suited to develop the expansion of Calyxar.
Head of Facility Operations
Daniel Lupo has 14 years’ experience in pharmaceuticals R&D and processing workflow development. He has a Master’s in Process engineering and a Chemical Engineering and worked for BASF, Yunnan Baiyao R&D institute and Echo biopharmaceuticals. He is vastly experienced in natural products and purification of molecular substances like terpenes and other natural essential oil. William’s track record includes 2 pharma grade projects in Europe and 4 pharma lines based on GMP standards in US. William Huang was also the founder of Echo Biopharmaceutical technology [China] and also is a founding partner with Yunnan Baiyao [China] which is very famous for its quality of TCM products sold domestically.