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The Top 10 Women in Biofuels

The Top 10 Women in Biofuels

Because the founding father of the Bay Space networking group, Ladies In Cleantech & Sustainability, I’m keenly concerned with studying about who the media thinks as being probably the most influential ladies within the area. Nevertheless, it looks like each prime ten listing for ladies in Cleantech all the time lists the identical pretty women. This isn’t to say that the ladies aren’t contributing massively to the trouble of unpolluted know-how, they’re. And there are such a lot of extra ladies within the area!

Clear know-how is ever-changing, with new innovators, notably amongst ladies, making their mark in a historically male-dominated subject. On this occasional collection, we shine the highlight on probably the most savvy and completed ladies pioneers in cleantech and sustainability. Some are constructing their very own start-ups, others are climbing the ranks of high-profile corporations, and nonetheless others are buyers. Whether or not they’re on the entrance strains or behind the scenes, they encourage us to maintain striving ahead, to interrupt the ever existent glass ceiling, and alter how the world lives.

As all the time we’re open to your options of who you are feeling are the feminine game-changers. Who do you assume ought to be on the listing?

*Particular because of Shawn Lesser of Watershed Capital for his help and mentorship for this collection.

1. Virginia Klausmeier, CEO, Sylvatex

Virginia Klausmeier SylvatexFairly probably the youngest CEO within the biofuel/Inexperienced chemistry business, Virginia Klausmeier has spent the previous 5 years creating the Sylvatex gasoline know-how together with her late father, Dr. William Klausmeier. Sylvatex is presently commercializing a proprietary renewable gasoline for the US diesel and biodiesel markets. The corporate has gained quite a few awards at business conferences and enterprise funding competitions, together with Silicon Valley LAUNCH and PortTechLA, in addition to funding and help by way of San Francisco’s Greenstart accelerator program. Virginia earned her B.S in Chemistry and Physiology and M.S. in Biomechanics on the College of Oregon and has can also be lively in San Francisco’s BioDiesel Activity pressure and Biodiesel Coop.

2. Kef Kasdin, CEO, Proterro BioFuels

Kef KasdinKef Kasdin is CEO of Proterro, a venture-backed start-up situated in Princeton, New Jersey. It develops non-plant-based, noncellulosic fermentation-ready sugar feedstock, which allows the economical and scalable manufacturing of biofuels and chemical compounds. The corporate, which is transitioning from discovery to the engineering part, has functioning prototype sucrose-producing organisms and a working mannequin bioreactor system.  Proterro’s Protose sugar is a sustainable, cheap, geoflexible, feedstock that can be utilized to supply quite a lot of business scale fuels and chemical compounds by means of normal industrial fermentation strategies. Earlier than Proterro, Kef spent 9 years at 3Com Corp, together with managing $1B division. She additionally spent 10 years as enterprise capitalist, and is basic associate/cofounder of Battelle Ventures and affiliate Innovation Valley Companions, with company-creation, lab-spinout, and energy-market experience.

three. Lissa Morgenthaler-Jones, CEO and Co-Founder, LiveFuels

Lissa Morgenthaler JonesLissa Morgenthalter-Jones leads strategic planning and company improvement for the LiveFuels, an organization with the aim of creating probably the most environment friendly and scalable algae-based biofuel course of. Since 1990, she has additionally specialised in biotechnology investing since 1990. After studying about turning algae and animal waste into gasoline, she began her personal clear power enterprise capital fund in 2004. She raised $10 million from the Quercus Belief and particular person buyers in Might 2007.  Up to now, her firm has established pilot operations throughout the U.S., generated in depth mental property, and is properly on its option to producing an economically possible and sustainable algal gasoline.

four. Okay’ Lynne Johnson, CEO, Elevance Renewable Sciences

K Lynn JohnsonOkay’Lynne is main Illinois based mostly Elevance, together with her 19 years of expertise within the oil and petrochemicals business (Amoco, BP and Innovene). The corporate is striving to be the primary to efficiently bridge the renewables and chemical compounds industries. With its Nobel-prize profitable know-how the corporate transforms pure plant-based oils, like soybean, rapeseed (canola), palm, corn, or algae, into specialty high-performance, cost-effective business merchandise, resembling superior biofuels, deterents and cleaners, private care merchandise, and others.


5. Jennifer Case, co-founder and CEO, New Leaf Biofuel

Jennifer CaseIn 2010, co-founder Jennifer Case took the helm at New Leaf Biofuel as CEO. She has helped develop the corporate to 24 staff and improve its buyer base, together with US Navy, the Metropolis of Chula Vista, Allied Waste, and dozens of different business and municipal fleets in Southern California. Jennifer Case obtained a BA in Political Science from UC San Diego, and a regulation diploma from Pepperdine College. In her authorized apply, Jennifer represented people, enterprise and public entity shoppers in such areas as common enterprise litigation, actual property, development and know-how. Previous to attending regulation faculty, Ms. Case was an administrator of a start-up fiber optics firm within the Silicon Valley.

6. Pamela R. Contag, Ph.D, microbiologist, Founding father of Xenogen Corp and Cobalt Biofuels

Pamela ContagCobalt Applied sciences, situated in Mountain View, CA, is main the transportation business for cleaner, extra environment friendly renewable fuels. It’s a venture-backed firm that produces biobutanol from renewable feedstock. Xenogen Corp, situated in Alameda, CA,  was based in 1998, and is a pacesetter within the area of biophotonic imaging. Pamela R. Contag, Ph.D., is a microbiologist who has been referred to as a “serial entrepreneur,” having based two biotech and two biofuel startups.  She is the founding father of Xenogen Corp. and Cobalt Biofuels, Inc. She can also be the founder and CEO of Cygnet Biofuels and ConcentRX, Inc.,  a biotechnology firm creating a singular most cancers remedy.  She based Xenogen Company with two colleagues whereas at Stanford College, the place they invented in vivo biophotonic imaging. Pamela has filed a patent on a course of she developed that makes use of algae to supply polysaccharides that may be simply transformed to alcohol fuels or to biolipids, after which to biodiesel. She was additionally named one of many “Prime 25 Ladies in Small Enterprise” by Fortune Journal.

7. Cynthia (CJ) Warner, President, of Sapphire Power
Cynthia WarnerCynthia (C.J.) Warner joined Sapphire Power in February 2009 as President. She brings greater than 27 years of expertise within the power, refining and transportation industries. At Sapphire Power, Ms. Warner is tasked with driving the corporate’s initiative to transition know-how trials and analysis into commercial-scale crude oil operations. Utilizing solely daylight, CO2 and non-potable water, Sapphire Power is among the world’s largest leaders in algae-based crude oil.  A chemical engineer by coaching and one of many only a few senior ladies within the oil and fuel business, CJ served as an government with power business giants British Petroleum, Amoco Oil Firm and UOP.  CJ is at present a member of the Nationwide Petroleum Council. She is a featured chief within the 2008 guide ‘Turning into a Resonant Chief: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence′ (Harvard Enterprise Faculty Press). CJ has a BS diploma in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt College and an MBA from Illinois Institute of Know-how.

eight. Dr. Claire Kinlaw, Lead Product Improvement, TerViva BioEnergy


Claire KinlawClaire is an MBA-trained scientist and at present Undertaking Lead for TerViva BioEnergy, a startup commercializing the excessive oil seed tree pongamia within the US as a feedstock for biodiesel refining.  Pongamia pinnata, a nitrogen fixing tree native to India that grows on marginal soils. TerVia is working to commercialize this tree as a renewable supply of diesel gasoline, planting throughout the southern USA on pasturelands and different lands not used for meals manufacturing. Claire leads the R&D effort to enhance the underlying asset, the tree for even higher, extra predictable oil manufacturing and good progress traits in US places. Previous to becoming a member of TerViva in 2010, Claire developed business methods for biotechnology startups and small companies, negotiated and managed analysis and enterprise agreements, directed the USDA Institute of Forest Genetics, and led life science analysis tasks with molecular genetics and genomic science focus. Claire holds an MBA from UC Berkeley, a PhD in biochemistry from Rice College, and a BA in chemistry from the College of Virginia.

9. Nicole Kennard, co-founder and former CEO, New Leaf Biofuel

Nicole KennardNicole Kennard based New Leaf Biofuel in 2006 with 4 co-founders, with the goal to be the most important supplier of biodiesel in San Diego County, a dream that includes trucking tons of used fryer grease from 900 space eating places to New Leaf’s San Diego processing facility and changing it into B99 (99 % biodiesel gasoline), which is then bought by authorities and enterprise fleets throughout the county, similar to Solar Diego Constitution Co and C & D Towing, and the Regional Transportation Middle, San Diego’s solely various fueling station.  She constructed the corporate to 10 staff and an organization capability to supply 140,000 gallons of gasoline a month. Nicole has BA in Utilized Arithmetic and Pc Science from UC San Diego and an MS in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Renewable Power from San Diego State College. Previously, Nicole was the Coordinator of the Division of Power’s Industrial Evaluation Middle (IAC), situated at San Diego State College. She can also be a renewable power adviser and biodiesel advisor for the San Diego Metropolis Faculty District and a co-founder of the Biofuels Motion and Consciousness Community, a scholar motion group at UCSD targeted on group outreach and schooling.

10. Susan B. Leschine, Founder and Chief Scientist, SunEthanol

Susan LeschineSusan Leschine based and was the Chief Scientist of SunEthanol, now QTeros. Presently, Dr. Leschine is a senior school member within the Microbiology Division on the College of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Dr. Leschine is internationally-known as an authority on the biology and variety of cellulose-digesting microbes. Her analysis shaped the idea for SunEthanol’s Q Microbe biodigesting know-how.

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