Category: 5-Minute Guide

4 Minutes With…John M. May, Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co, industry financier

4 Minutes With…John M. May, Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co, industry financier

September 15, 2014 |

Innovative finance? We think that’s John May’s middle name; it’s certainly his trademark. Stern Bothers rolled up a tremendous clientele in the Advanced Bioeconomy — primarily on its innovative bond financing approach to first commercial projects backed by USDA (and DOE) loan guarantees. For his clients, he’s been a steady counselor in getting new companies […]

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4 Minutes With…Mike Knauf, CEO, Rivertop Renewables

4 Minutes With…Mike Knauf, CEO, Rivertop Renewables

September 14, 2014 |

If you’ve been to Missoula of late, you’ll note that there’s a bit of an innovation corridor building up in what insiders have known for a long time as one of the really great college towns in the country. A couple of years ago, the combination of a great lifestyle and a highly promising technology […]

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4 Minutes With…David Dodds, president, Dodds & Associates, tech diligence guru

4 Minutes With…David Dodds, president, Dodds & Associates, tech diligence guru

September 11, 2014 |

If you’ve been to ABLC, you’ve likely seen a hugely-popular session where we turn the tables — instead of having CEOs present their companies and technologies, we have technical diligence experts look at companies and technologies with a critical eye — pointing out the question marks and “still to be proven” aspects as well as […]

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4 Minutes With…Chris Somerville, Director, Energy Biosciences Institute

4 Minutes With…Chris Somerville, Director, Energy Biosciences Institute

September 10, 2014 |

There’s a rumor going around that the original technology for LS9 (now, REG Life Sciences) was sketched out by Harvard’s George Church and Berkeley’s Chris Somerville on a cocktail napkin. If true, it would have to be one of the most interesting and valuable artifacts that will some day adorn a Museum of Industrial Biotechnology. […]

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4 Minutes With…Molly Morse, CEO, Mango Materials

4 Minutes With…Molly Morse, CEO, Mango Materials

September 9, 2014 |

It seems to us in Digestville that if you open a door in Emeryville, California — roughly thirty companies tumble out, so hot is the early-stage activity there — and a lot of it about companies chasing high-value targets via methane. In the case of Mango Materials — the products are bioplastics, via bacteria — […]

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4 Minutes With…Paul Bryan, Independent Consultant and Lecturer, UC-Berkeley

4 Minutes With…Paul Bryan, Independent Consultant and Lecturer, UC-Berkeley

September 8, 2014 |

You probably know him best as the VP for Biofuels at Chevron, and later the Program Manager for the DOE Biomass program until late 2012. But he’s also a noted consultant on technology development and current lectures in chemical engineering as well at Berkeley. One little known fact is that he is a direct descendant […]

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4 Minutes With…Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association

4 Minutes With…Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association

September 7, 2014 |

Mike McAdams is well and widely-known in the advanced bioeconomy for his work in bringing the Advanced Biofuels Association to life. Less known are his years as a policy advisor to Lord Browne, CEO of BP, back in the days when the slogan was “beyond petroleum”.  A passionate advocate on the Hill for advanced biotechnologies […]

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4 Minutes With…Allen Barbieri, CEO, Biosynthetic Technologies

4 Minutes With…Allen Barbieri, CEO, Biosynthetic Technologies

September 4, 2014 |

If you’ve been watching this space, you’ll remember that Evonik and BP share one known investemt — in Biosynthetic TEchnologies, a renewable chemicals venture that has also attracted funding from Monsanto. At the helm — you might be surprised to find the former CFO of Buy.com, Allen Barbieri. Buy.com was one of the highest of […]

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4 Minutes With…Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech

4 Minutes With…Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech

September 3, 2014 |

If you’ve known her as the globe-trotting CEO of LanzaTech — managing an enterprise based in Chicago, with lab operations (and historic ties to) in New Zealand, and progressing towards scale-up in China — well, there’s more to the story. The original GM of Honeywell’s UOP efforts in the biobased space — she won a […]

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4 Minutes With…Mark Fisler, Managing Director, Ocean Park Advisors

4 Minutes With…Mark Fisler, Managing Director, Ocean Park Advisors

September 2, 2014 |

Today, Mark Fisler is helping companies to get affordable financing at Ocean Park Advisors — just a few years back, he was going through the highs and lows of the ethanol boom in a more direct sense as the President of Global Ethanol, which he joined after spending 20 years in the finance sector with […]

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