Chairman and CEO, Renmatix
Prior to joining Renmatix in August 2010, Mike had a rewarding 20 year career with Rohm and Haas in the Global chemicals industry. He consistently achieved strong business results across management positions in North America, Europe and Asia. Having lived and operated out of Canada, Germany, UK, Singapore and the US, Mike has an extensive global network and understanding of these important Renmatix markets. His natural curiosity for finding a better way to serve our energy and material needs has led him to Renmatix. He is now focused on liberating a business model that allows industry to leverage non food biomass and establish a platform of fermentable sugars to be used as an intermediate in renewing the fuels and chemicals space. His vision for Renmatix has excited numerous prospective partners and is attracting plenty of attention. Mike earned his BS (with honors) in Chemistry followed by his MBA from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
John Doerr has directed venture capital funding to some of the world’s most famous technology firms including Compaq, Netscape, Symantec, Sun Microsystems, Amazon, Intuit and Google. Additionally, John serves on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board to provide the President and his administration counsel on addressing America’s recent economic downturn.
John has now turned his attention to sustainability and the world his daughters will inherit. That conscientious attitude and a deep rooted commitment to improving the human condition ultimately led John to investigate the options for bringing real alternative energy solutions to market. He reached the conclusion that green technology is not only the key to solving our energy crisis – but also a tremendous business opportunity, with potential market sizes for this kind of clean technology ranging from hundreds of billions to more than one trillion dollars. On the heels of successful investments in the KPCB Green Growth Fund, including BloomEnergy, MiaSole and Amyris – John is now dedicated to helping Renmatix deliver the bridge that finally enables large scale bioindustrialization. John has been instrumental in guiding our growth, finding talent, and preparing for expansion.
Michael Nettersheim, PhD
BASF Venture Capital GmbH
Michael Nettersheim joined BASF Venture Capital in August 2011. He serves on the boards of DataLase (UK) and NanoH2O (until April 2014, US). Prior to joining BASF Michael served as a Senior Investment Manager at Europe’s largest seed fund HGTF (Germany). Prior to this he held the position as a Director Corporate Finance and Investor Relations at a MediGene AG, a publicly listed biotech company in Germany.
Michael studied Chemistry and was awarded a doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Bonn. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program. He is also a Certified Biotech Analyst for the German Association of Financial Analysis and Asset Management (DVFA).
Doug Cameron, PhD
Co-President and Director, First Green Partners
Dr. Doug Cameron has enjoyed a long and successful career in the biomarkets. He is well recognized in this industry for understanding the intersection of technology and commerce across the agriculture, chemical and fuels markets. Prior to leading many premier venture capital firms on their cleantech investments, Dr. Cameron was chief scientist and director of biotechnology at Cargill, Inc. Prior to Cargill, Doug was a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he established a leading research laboratory in the areas of metabolic engineering and bioprocess technology.
Dr. Cameron graduated from Duke University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and also earned a PhD in biochemical engineering from M.I.T. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the Society of Industrial Microbiology (SIM) and the American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Cameron will help Renmatix further deploy and commercialize its biotechnology process.
Alan Barton, PhD
CEO, Lehigh Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Alan Barton joined Lehigh Technologies in 2008 and has positioned the firm as a leading player in the clean technology field. His ability to understand complex chemistry and then position for creating customer value is a hallmark of his working career. Prior to Lehigh, Alan had a very successful 25 year executive career with Rohm and Haas, leading numerous pieces of the companies portfolio in all regions of the world. Dr. Barton’s brings extraordinary expertise in product development, business development and scientific research across multiple business segments and geographic regions. Dr. Barton completed his undergraduate at Oxford and his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University.
John Melo has more than 20 years of combined experience as a business leader and expert in the global fuels industry. Before joining Amyris, Mr. Melo was President of U.S. fuels operations for British Petroleum, where he successfully led programs to increase marketing volumes, reduce costs, and significantly improve financial returns. During his eight years with BP, Mr. Melo also served as Chief Information Officer of the refining and marketing segment; Senior Advisor for e-business strategy to Lord Browne, BP group chief executive; and Director of global brand development. In this last role, he helped develop the “Helios” re-branding effort. Before joining BP, Mr. Melo was with Ernst & Young and a member of the management teams for several startup companies, including Computer Aided Services and Alldata Corporation.
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Brook Porter joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2010 as a partner on the greentech team. His focus is on innovative low-carbon solutions to transportation, chemicals and power generation, as well as on energy storage. Before joining KPCB, Brook had worked in renewable energy for more than a decade, during which time he co-founded multiple companies. His most recent role was as chief operating officer of Primafuel, a biofuel technology company recognized by the World Economic Forum in 2008 as a technology pioneer. Earlier in his career, Brook co-founded a hydrogen fuel cell technology company acquired by Intelligent Energy, a UK-based company known for its compact Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells. Brook is named on multiple U.S. and international patents in the field of renewable energy. He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in environmental technology.