Fabric developer Outlast Technologies Inc has named Dr Patrick Gruber as its president and chief executive officer, replacing George Cattermole, who is retiring from the position.

Gruber moves to the company from NatureWorks LLC, where he had served as vice president and chief technology officer since 1997, and led the development of NatureWorks PLA and Ingeo Fibers. 

Cattermole will remain involved with Outlast by continuing to serve on its board of directors.

Outlast Technologies Inc researches, develops and markets 'Smart Fabric' with phase change material to provide greater comfort and performance.

The company holds over 20 patents in the use of phase change technologies with sales growing in markets across the US, Europe and Asia.