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Dry Formulation Engineer

Vestaron Corporation
Durham, NC 27709
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The Company:

Vestaron is a company dedicated to improving the safety, efficacy, and sustainability of crop protection through migration from synthetic pesticides to peptide-based biopesticides. Vestaron is initially focused on a class of peptides that kill insect pests efficiently, but are safe for humans, beneficial insects, and the environment. As part of this, the company has developed a proprietary platform for peptide optimization and fermentation-based peptide production that will allow it to develop a wide variety of biologic crop protection and trait solutions. Vestaron is the winner of the inaugural 2015 Bernard Blum Award for novel biocontrol solutions.

The Opportunity:

Vestaron is looking for a proven scientific leader who has successfully optimized and commercialized a variety of formulations for crop protection to join our team in Research Triangle Park, NC, reporting to the Head of Operations. Ideally, the candidate would have experience with a mix of synthetic and biologic formulations. Timely delivery, dependability and integrity are key attributes required for success.


  • Lead scale up of drying unit operations for Vestaron novel peptide active ingredients for commercial manufacturing.
  • Identify appropriate drying technologies (spray drying, fluid bed agglomeration, granulation, extrusion, etc.) for the Vestaron novel peptide active ingredient portfolio considering cost, safety, manufacturability, packaging, and product end use.
  • Identification and management of CROs and CMOs in support of the above.
  • Assist with development of dry formulations using Vestarons novel peptide active ingredients by providing feedback as the scale up responsible engineer.
  • Assist with planning of future Vestaron pilot and commercial manufacturing sites.
  • Contributor of innovation resulting in trade secrets and patents protecting formulations.
  • Create and support a corporate culture that encourages and supports product innovation, outstanding customer service, knowledge sharing, and best practice development.
  • Be a hands-on leader to mentor, develop, and leverage key personnel.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Four-year college degree from an accredited institution and advanced degree in formulation relevant sciences such as Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
  • Experience scaling and commercializing dry formulations from pilot to commercial scale.
  • Demonstrated ability to make Cost of Goods improvements while maintaining process reliability.
  • Proficient at providing feedback and direction to R&D personnel and manufacturing
  • Start-up experience / ability to work in a start-up environment.
  • Strong scientific foundation with an ability to anticipate commercial impacts.
  • Appreciation for working in an early-stage environment and exhibits entrepreneurial focus.

Additional Useful Background:

  • Experience with contract manufacturers
  • Experience with engineering capex projects
  • Experience stabilizing proteins or peptide using formulants
  • Experience with downstream processing of fermentation material

Why Join Us?

Join the Revolution

With an innovative and accomplished leadership team guiding our day-to-day wins, and a Board with a long-term vision that supports our efforts, we set out daily to improve the safety, efficacy and sustainability of crop protection through migration from synthetic pesticides to peptide-based biopesticides. Our team is empowered to solve problems and find solutions that will advance the science and commercialization of peptides. If youre seeking a career that taps into your talents and contributes to harnessing the Power of Peptides for the benefit of the environment and industry, we just may have a job for you.

We know our employees are our most valuable asset, and our culture conveys that.

In August well open our new headquarter in the heart of RTP (Research Triangle Park, NC), a global center of Agricultural Technology and Innovation. Our new offices are located in the Frontier complex, a vibrant work environment where the development of restaurants, shops and hotels is underway.

Our R&D center is in Kalamazoo, MI, within the Western Michigan University Innovation Center. The 69,000-square-foot, purpose-built incubator and co-working space was created to support companies from the earliest start-ups to maturing organizations with office and conference space, high-quality shared scientific equipment and resources, and a wide range of support services.

We offer a competitive benefits package, to support the health and happiness of our staff.

We invite you to apply to join a company developing the products, processes and relationships to lead the advancement of the biological peptide industry, beginning with the pesticide markets.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Vestaron is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions at Vestaron are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.



Posted: 2021-04-02 Expires: 2021-05-03

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