"Jonathan brings with him a rich background in environmental technology coupled with the business and financial management expertise needed to support AbTech's continued growth," said AbTech founder and C.E.O., Glenn R. Rink. "We have reached a critical point in the evolution of our company and we are confident that Jonathan will guide our growth successfully to the next level."
Mr. Thatcher served at Exeter Life Sciences, Inc., "Exeter" for more than 12 years. During his tenure he served as Chairman of Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an innovative plant biotechnology firm focused in nitrogen use efficiency, water use efficiency, and salinity tolerance, co-founded Kronos - The Optimal Health Company focused on preventative healthcare, and served as Chairman of ViaGen, Inc., an animal biotechnology company focused on commercializing somatic cell nuclear transfer methods.
He also, held the position of Chairman and Interim President of Start Licensing, Inc., an intellectual property licensing company focused on out-licensing of patents initiated by Roslin Institute related to cloning "Dolly" the sheep. While at Exeter, Mr. Thatcher also served as a Director of One Touch Systems, Inc.
"AbTech is at an exciting juncture as stormwater treatment is gaining national priority, markets in produced water related to oil and gas exploration and production are emerging, and opportunities within the industrial processed water treatment market have been identified," said Thatcher. "With well understood capabilities to treat the contaminated water for reuse or discharge, I look forward to the challenge to bring innovative applications to an expanding base."