SASKATOON, SK, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - Fytokem Products Inc. (Fytokem), a leading
producer of Function-Certified plant-based ingredients, today announced that
John Cross and Roger Francis, both successful members of the Saskatoon
business community, have accepted appointments to the board of directors of
the Company. This will increase the number of directors to five.
John Cross started his career working on the development and
commercialization of new products in the fermentation, food, beverage, dairy
and animal feed industries. He was a founding partner, President and CEO, and
is now Chairman of Philom Bios Inc., a successful Saskatoon based biological
Philom Bios develops, manufactures, and markets high value inoculants
which enhance fertility efficiency of crops and increase farmer profit, and is
the leading inoculant supplier to Western Canadian and North Dakota farmers.
Under John's guidance, one of their products was selected as the New
Saskatchewan Product of the year in the 1998 ABEX Awards. In 2002, Philom Bios
was the proud recipient of the SABEX Awards in the Growth and Expansion,
Marketing, and Business of the Year categories.
Previously a member of the National Research Council of Canada and
Chairman of the Saskatchewan Research Council, Mr. Cross is the recipient of
several recognitions and awards.
Roger Francis is President of Gryphon Reputation Management, a national
corporate communications consulting and public relations firm based in
Saskatoon. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, the
majority of which has been for publicly traded companies. Mr. Francis has held
senior communications positions with Cameco Corporation, TransGas and
SaskEnergy. He has also served as a director with several charities and
"We welcome the new directors. I'm glad we are able to attract such
quality people. They bring a wealth of experience that applies directly to our
current situation. John's experience founding and developing a successful
biological technology company, and Roger's experience in communications will
strengthen our board significantly," said Art Hesje, President and CEO of
About Fytokem Products Inc.
Fytokem Products Inc. is engaged in the discovery and commercialization
of novel Function-Certified plant-based substances - extracts, phytochemicals
and bioactive molecules - for use as ingredients in personal care,
nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and bio-industrial products. The Company has
been issued patents for technology related to two of its products and has
other patent applications pending.
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