Ling Hua is the Senior Vice President and Head of Group Biotechnology at Clariant. Dr. Hua obtained her Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She joined BioCatalytics, Inc., a startup company in Southern California, where she and her team developed and commercialized more than 50 enzymes (biocatalysts) as screening kits for pharmaceutical companies.
She then joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas as Harold Jeskey Assistant Professor. She spent 3 years at SMU, teaching and doing research in enzyme catalysis. She authored more than 40 research papers, book chapters, and she is the inventor of several dozens of issued patents. She joined Danisco, Genencor Division in 2007, found its China Research Center, which then became DuPont Industrial Biosciences China Research Center. Under her leadership, her team developed numerous new products, generating millions dollars of revenues each year.
She moved back to the US in 2013 to lead DuPont Industrial Biosciences R&D in Wilmington, and was responsible for its Biofuel, Bioactives and Biomaterials portfolio. Dr. Hua joined Clariant as head of Group Biotechnology in May of 2017, responsible for the future of Biotechnology at Clariant.