Peter Meinhold | AIChE

Peter Meinhold


Dr. Peter Meinhold is an industrial biotech and agtech entrepreneur and currently serves as CTO of Provivi, Inc. Originally from Germany, Peter moved to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry in the research group of Prof Frances Arnold at Caltech. In 2005, he co-founded Gevo, Inc., a leading renewable fuels and chemicals company that uses engineered yeast to convert renewable sugars into isobutanol. In 2013, he co-founded Provivi, Inc. with Prof Frances Arnold and Dr. Pedro Coelho to create scalable, pheromone-based insect control solutions to support farmers and improve the quality of life and the health of our environment. 

Provivi, Inc. 

Provivi is developing a family of safe, effective, and economical pheromone solutions, creating a new foundation for pest and resistance management in crop production. Pheromones are substances that serve as highly selective attractants for insects, allowing the control of harmful pests while preserving beneficial insects. Provivi's patented production method enables a step-change in the cost of manufacturing pheromones, allowing the use of this proven tool in high-acreage crops such as corn, rice, and soy.