Christian Kopfli, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer
Christian co-founded Chromocell in 2002, serving initially as General Counsel before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2005.
Prior to joining Chromocell, he was an Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, working in its New York City, Tokyo and Frankfurt offices.
At Davis Polk, Christian worked extensively in Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Private Equity Transactions.
He received a doctoral degree in law (magna cum laude) from the University of Zurich in 2000 and earned his LL.M. from Columbia Law School in New York City in 1998. Christian is a Board Member of BioNJ and admitted to the Bar in New York and Switzerland.
Shari B Joslin
Vice President, Commercial Development
Shari leads the company’s Commercial Development activities.
Prior to joining Chromocell in 2016, Shari held various executive roles in the flavor industry focusing on domestic and global innovation with a proven track record in commercializing flavor technologies, specifically in taste modulation.
Shari started her career in the consumer packaged goods industry working on product development in 1989 before transitioning to the flavor industry in 2000. She has worked in the industry for 27 years working for Brown Forman, Flavorman, Sensient, Firmenich, Mane and Senomyx. Her experience spans a wide range of skillsets which include product and process development, sales and marketing, global innovation and business development.
Shari received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky and an Executive MBA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Dennis J.Sawchuk, Ph.D
Vice President, Flavor Sciences
Dennis joined Chromocell in 2004 and works on the development and deployment of the company’s Core Technology Platforms. He also manages Discovery and Development programs.
Previously, Dennis was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He received his Ph.D. in 2002 from The Rockefeller University in New York City and was awarded Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada PGS-A and PGS-B scholarships during his graduate studies. Dennis obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, where he was a Canada Scholar.
Senior Director, Flavors
Prior to joining Chromocell, Harish was Senior Scientist, Cell Biology, Global Research and Development at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, GA (2006 – 2011) and Assistant Professor in the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA (1999-2006). Harish received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He did his postdoctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health working on cell signaling. His areas of expertise include cell biology, taste, olfaction, and chemosensory biology.
Rudy J. Fritsch, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Flavors
Rudy leads the company’s activities in Flavors and Nutrition.
Prior to joining Chromocell in March 2011, Rudy was Vice President Global Research & Technology at The Coca-Cola Company. Previously, he was Senior Director Global Ingredient & Process Research at Kraft Foods.
Rudy started his career as head of Product Development at Riemerschmid Corporation, a privately owned alcoholic beverage and fruit juice manufacturer based in Munich.
Rudy has been a successful senior leader of research in the global food and beverage industry for more than 25 years. His experience spans a wide range of product categories and addresses Flavor & Ingredient Research, Nutrition, Fermentation, Process Research as well as support functions such as Analytical Science and Microbiology. Rudy has a proven track record of defining, leading and managing research organizations across multiple sites in both the United States and Europe. He built and transformed strategic ingredient research functions by effectively leveraging open innovation efforts based on targeted technology scouting and focused on collaboration and alliances with appropriate external partners.
Rudy received a B.S. and M.S degree in Biochemistry & Food Chemistry and earned a Ph.D. in Food Chemistry from Technical University Munich.
Marcus C. Sands, Esq.
Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Development
Marcus joined Chromocell in June 2011. He is spearheading Chromocell’s intellectual property development strategy and managing all aspects of the company’s legal affairs.
Previously, Marcus was an Associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP where he was involved in intellectual property law with a focus on technology transactions in the life sciences industry. He has counseled clients regarding patent and licensing strategies and contract negotiations. He also has worked on several public and private debt and equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions.
Marcus also worked as a Case Assistant at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in intellectual property litigation and as a Portfolio Assistant on a fixed income trading desk at Alliance Capital Management (now AllianceBernstein).
Marcus earned a bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Houston, where he double majored in Chemistry and Economics with a minor in Biology. He earned his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. He is a master’s candidate in Biotechnology at Columbia University.
Marcus is admitted to the bar in New York and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Deborah Beckwith, CPA
Senior Director, Finance
Debbie joined Chromocell Corporation in 2015 to spearhead the financial operations of the company. She brought with her 32 years of experience in professional accounting, during which time she has worked extensively in both public accounting and privately owned corporate businesses. She now contributes to Chromocell her expertise in all aspects of business finance including strategic planning, tax planning, budgeting and forecasting, financial data management and auditing.
Prior to Chromocell Debbie was a partner at Ruchowitz Hausman Palmieri CPAs. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Public Accountants. She graduated Third Honors with her B.S. in Accounting from Trenton State College.