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First Pitch: Renewables

  • Emery Station 5858 Horton St Emeryville, CA, 94608 United States (map)

What do investors in renewables look for? What are the issues faced by the entire industry as it looks to scale up? Which startups have the most exciting technology coming to market? Join us for First Pitch: Renewables and hear directly from industry leaders. 

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1:00pm Welcome

1:10pm Opening Keynote: Blake Simmons, Chief Science & Technology Officer, Joint BioEnergy Institute

1:30pm Panel: Scaling Up Across The Industry


Vonnie Estes, Former Codexis and GranBio Executive

Dan Widmaier, CEO, Bolt Threads

Alex Zanghellini, Co-Founder and CEO, Arzeda Corp

Todd Pray, Head, Advanced Bioproducts Process Development, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

2:15pm Company Presentation: Teselagen

2:30pm Company Presentation: Connora Technologies

2:45pm Investor Presentation: Spruce Capital

3:00pm Keynote: Vineet Rajgarhia, VP Biotechnologies, Total New Energies USA

3:30pm Investor Presentation: Mission Bay Capital

3:45pm Company Presentation: Molecular Assemblies

4:00pm Scientific Presentation: SynBioLEAP

4:15pm Company Presentation: Earth Energy Renewables

4:30pm Investor Presentation: Indie.Bio/SOS Ventures

4:45pm Company Presentation: Pareto Biotechnologies

5:00pm Closing Reception

Applications to present were evaluated by a panel of experts including:

  • Leif Christoffersen, Director of Business Development, Yulex
  • Dr. Martha Connolly, Director of MTech Baltimore at the University of Maryland
  • Vonnie Estes, Bioeconomy Executive
  • Jeff Hamaoui, Partner, Further By Design
  • Antoinette Konski, Partner, Foley and Lardner
  • Daniel Levine, Principal, Levine Media Group
  • Dr. Mary Maxon, Bioeconomy Executive
  • Dr. Megan Palmer, Perry Fellow, Stanford University
  • Vrunda Rathod, Program Director, SynBioLEAP
  • Dr. Kinkead Reiling, Co-Founder, Amyris
  • Dr. Paul Zorner, Venture Partner, Finistere Ventures

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