James Stephens
CSO / Co-Founder


James Stephens, Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder of Aurelius Data is considered “The Pioneer” for his leadership and personality style. He has 18 years of executive experience in biology, biomimicry, chemistry, engineering, ingredient, and product development and has traveled to 80+ countries for business (and some pleasure). During his entrepreneurial career, James developed and commercialized over 320 natural ingredients and products in fields from clean energy and biopolymers to food, flavor, and fragrance and successfully exited the company he founded. In the last couple of years, his focus has shifted to structures and organizations that cultivate creativity and innovation, and embrace freedom as well as change management. By allowing people to be themselves and bring their whole self to the work and creative processes, you turn potential into results. With every organization hunting for innovation, new concepts, and better ways to operate – harnessing different can make all the difference.

James holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Medical Technology from the University of Montana and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.