PEOPLE IN ENERGY: Claude Luster Named President of HBS BioEnergy.
Human BioSystems today announced that HBS BioEnergy, a wholly owned subsidiary of HBS, has appointed Claude Luster III as HBS BioEnergy's president.
HBS created HBS BioEnergy in September as a wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to the development of facilities that produce ethanol and other biofuels.
Luster, the founder of EXL III Group Corporation, has been involved in the final stages of developing and funding a 60-million gallon Northern California ethanol facility, which he will complete while assuming his new duties with HBS BioEnergy.
"Among Mr. Luster's first duties will be to develop necessary strategic partners and consulting firms that HBS BioEnergy will need for the initial stages of production," said Harry Masuda, CEO of Human BioSystems. "We are pleased to have Claude as our president. He has the technical and management background and the essential skills that HBS has been seeking."
Luster helped drive EXL III's current plans to develop up to 10 renewable fuels plants and 10 value-added bioconversion facilities. EXL III is also developing several new cost reduction processes for the production of ethanol and biodiesel.
Prior to EXL III, Luster was president and CEO of EXL Group, a portfolio investment company of Impact Capital Partners of Oakland, Calif., which includes Wells Fargo and Washington Mutual as limited partners.
Luster has more than 30 years experience in the food-processing, bio-conversion, energy and environmental industries and is considered one of the food industry's leading experts in the field of aseptic processing and aseptic bulk plant operations.
Luster's credentials include the conception, development and implementation of novel aseptic processes and protocols directed towards developing greenfield food processing and bio-conversion facilities in the United States, Canada, China and Africa. He owned and operated LusTek Labs and Consulting, as well as serving as consultant in the food processing, bio-conversion, energy and environmental industries. Luster was also a major shareholder in Helm Concentrates Inc., which was subsequently sold to ConAgra Foods Inc.
Luster has held numerous technical, scientific and management positions including Process Technician for General Foods Inc., process operations and research manager for Tri-Valley Growers, fermentation manager for Miller Brewing Company, vice president of operations for Helm Concentrates Inc. and technical leader for Hunt-Wesson Foods Inc.
HBS is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., with research facilities in Michigan. It has been granted four patents by the U.S. Patent Office.
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|Date:||Oct 10, 2006|
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