P2 Science Announces Appointment of Oihana Elizalde as CEO

P2 Science appoints Oihana Elizalde, PhD as Chief Executive Officer to lead the company through a new period of growth.


WOODBRIDGE, Conn., December 13, 2023 — Green chemistry company P2 Science announced today the appointment of Oihana Elizalde, PhD as Chief Executive Officer effective November 27, 2023.


Oihana joins P2 after having served as Head of Sales for BASF Personal Care North America, and VP / General Manager of the MIRUM® business at Natural Fiber Welding. This experience combined with Oihana’s strong technical background including a PhD in Polymer Science from Universidad del País Vasco makes Oihana the ideal leader for P2 as it continues to grow its clean beauty portfolio and expand into new products and new markets. Elizalde joins P2 co-founder and President Patrick Foley to lead the commercialization of P2’s main technology platforms, PIOzTM (air oxidation of renewable oils) and PICETM (biorenewable liquid polymers, including Citropol®) in personal care, flavors and fragrances, textiles, crop care, and other specialty chemical markets.


Foley commented, “Oihana brings a passion and set of skills to this team that will take us to the next level as we continue to bring Green Chemistry to the fore of the chemical industry.”


“Oihana is a terrific addition to the P2 team”, said Rob Bettigole, P2’s Chairman of the Board.  “Her deep experience and rapid rise through the ranks at BASF followed by success leading the commercialization, scale up, and marketing of new green technology at Natural Fiber Welding makes her a perfect leader as P2 enters a period of rapid commercial growth.”


Elizalde said that “I am honored to join the talented team at P2 and lead this next phase of growth and expansion. P2 has grown into a leader in the field of green chemistry, offering products that set new standards in performance, functionality and sustainability. Patrick has done a fantastic job establishing P2 as an innovation powerhouse, with a committed and bold team that has demonstrated what we are capable of in the personal care space. We are well positioned to rapidly grow our beauty business, expand into other strategic markets and keep harnessing the power of nature towards a cleaner future.”


About P2 Science:

P2 Science is a green chemistry company, co-founded by Professor Paul Anastas and Dr. Patrick Foley at the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale. P2 has developed and patented technologies for converting renewable feedstocks into high-value specialty products. The company started up its first manufacturing plant in September 2018, producing a range of high-performance functional ingredients. P2’s investors include Advantage Capital, BASF, Chanel, Connecticut Innovations, Elm Street Ventures, HG Ventures, Lewis & Clark Agrifood, Safermade, and Xeraya. For more information, visit www.p2science.com.


Media Contact

Oihana Elizalde, P2 Science, +1 (203) 821-7457, press@p2science.com


SOURCE P2 Science