Beverage industry Chemical Engineer poised to boost product line
Louisville, Colo. (June 22, 2020)—David Durkee, Ph.D., has been named Quicksilver Scientific’s Vice President of New Ventures after working for nearly a decade in a wide range of roles at Molson Coors Brewing Company. Quicksilver Scientific, a leader in the field of health and nutrition supplements, selected Durkee in part for his outstanding capacity for innovation in the beverage industry, an area where Quicksilver continues to expand. Durkee brings a wealth of experience in new business development, and his degree in chemical engineering signals a unique combination of experience and understanding.
“David’s aptitude for beverage product development combined with his technical expertise and partner search experience dovetailed with what we were hoping to find in a Vice President of New Ventures,” said Christopher Shade, Ph.D., Founder & CEO of Quicksilver Scientific. “David has a really strong background in both business and chemical engineering, which is a rare combination. His ability to understand complex scientific and financial issues and envision improvements to systems really makes him an asset to Quicksilver as we continue to innovate and grow our brand and product line.”
As Vice President of New Ventures, Durkee identifies and engages new opportunities within the food and beverage, health & wellness and nutraceutical industries, to continue growing Quicksilver’s position as a trailblazer across these spaces. During his eight-year tenure at Molson Coors, Durkee worked in both the Denver and Golden, Colorado facilities as well as at the Toronto location. He spent the past two years building out the Toronto facility, including staffing and product development as well as exploring and securing new partnerships.
“I’m genuinely excited to take on the challenges of this new position. I’m really looking forward to building Quicksilver’s already strong product diversity while drawing on my experience in business and chemistry to expand Quicksilver’s market share and visibility,” Durkee said. “I enjoy product innovation and negotiating new partnerships to expand a business portfolio. As leader of the New Ventures team, I am able to help shape the company’s direction moving forward, exploring and tracking new markets and trends to boost revenue while serving consumers’ needs in this expanding field.”
Durkee will also work with Quicksilver’s Research and Development team to formulate and acquire new beverages and otherwise grow the product line. In partnership with the Marketing and Accounting teams, he will develop and grow Quicksilver’s market segment as well as lead and mentor new talent at Quicksilver.
Durkee worked across several divisions within Molson Coors, heading up multiple platforms for global R&D across products, processes, and packaging. Prior to his tenure with Molson Coors, he was the Innovation Process Manager with Tate & Lyle in Decatur, Ill., where he implemented process changes to track portfolio metrics at a global level and cut costs in their Information Center while maintaining service quality. Durkee holds a postgraduate doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Durkee is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Physics Society.
Recording a three-year growth rate of 675%, Quicksilver Scientific today employs a staff of more than 80. The company has developed proprietary superior liposomal delivery systems utilized in a variety of nutritional supplements that address a range of health needs from enhanced bioavailability of essential vitamins to elimination of ubiquitous toxins enabling consumers to achieve their genetic potential.
Quicksilver Scientific integrates the best of nature and science to formulate a range of products that seek to promote physical and mental health. Its diverse array of pharmacy and testing products empower consumers who wish to identify toxicity levels, detoxify and optimize their health. Quicksilver uses its own laboratories to ensure product safety and efficacy, and also relies on objective third-party testing to certify that its products meet the highest standards for safety, quality and potency.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Durkee, please contact Shawna McGregor at 917-971-7852 or[email protected].
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