Joe Schmidt has extensive business development, strategic planning and financial management experience leading agricultural multinationals and emerging technology companies. Currently, Joe is Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at BioConsortia, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for partner and product development as well as defining priorities and strategic direction for the company.
Dean and Executive Director of The Food Business School, William Rosenzweig has spent his career as an educator, serial entrepreneur, and venture investor. Will was founding CEO of The Republic of Tea, the company that created the premium tea category in the U.S. As an entrepreneur and investor, Will helped grow Odwalla, LeapFrog, Hambrecht Vineyards and Wineries, Winetasting.com, Yummly and Brand New Brands, a functional food incubator he founded in 2004.
Monday, April 25, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Hall
The UC Davis Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in partnership with the World Food Center invite you to join a networking mixer and keynote presentation with Kat Taylor, founding director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation and co-founder/co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank.
Dan Morash is a former investment banker in the energy and infrastructure sector. He was previously global head of energy and infrastructure for CIT, a team of 40 professionals in New York, Toronto and London, built from a start-up office opening in New York City for the Toronto-based Newcourt Capital. Mr. Morash structured and executed complex project financings, tax oriented leveraged leases, private placements, securitizations and partnership financings.
A 20-year veteran at Mars, Harold Schmitz has been chief science officer since 2005. He leads the strategic development, alignment and quality control of the food company’s multidisciplinary internal and scientific research programs.
Annemarie Meike is a Business Development Executive with responsibility for commercialization of technologies and management of intellectual property portfolios for energy, environment, sensors, wireless technologies and nanomaterials at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory since 2000. Named in 2015 by Intellectual Assets Magazine as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists, she negotiates business partnerships, and coaches and facilitates successful start-up companies, several of which have received prestigious R&D 100 awards.
James Kovach, MD, JD, serves as Vice President of Business Development for CrowdOptic, a venture-backed company using real-time sensor data from electronic devices and its own patented CrowdOptic algorithms to identify and track where devices are aimed (focus) and to identify groups of people with the same focus (clusters).
CrowdOptic technology, which includes sensor data smoothing, EXIF data mining and focal analytics, is instantly deployable in a range of mobile applications and technology environments to enhance broadcasting, security, social media sharing and advertising.
Michael Ward is the head of Morrison and Foerster’s patent practice and co-chair of the Intellectual Property group. Dr. Ward is founder of the firm’s Plant IP practice and is a member of the steering committee for the firm’s Cleantech practice.
Director Latin America, International Law Programs, Center for International Education, UC Davis Extension
Dr. Jorge Rojas is director Latin America, International Law Programs, Center for International Education, UC Davis Extension, where he works on international intellectual property. He also serves as program director for the Chile – UC Davis Partnership, interacting with Chilean government agencies, universities and the private sector to facilitate educational exchange agreements and research collaborations with UC Davis. His research focuses on university research processes, international intellectual property and technology transfer.
Joy Hermsen is passionate about helping leadership teams achieve their goals. An effective and inspiring coach with more than 22 years of experience, she helps people discover their strengths, and develop individual leadership skills for success.
Mr. Keller is a UC Davis trained winemaker with over 13 years experience in the California wine industry. He has served as a winemaker in the Stag’s Leap District of Napa and Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, among others. In addition to leading the VinPerfect team, Keller serves as a winemaking consultant for Alta Ridge Vineyards. He invented the VinPerfect screw cap during his MBA studies at UC Davis in 2007, and led his team to victory in the 2008 Big Bang! business plan competition. Keller graduated with his MBA that same year.
Biodegradable plastics from wastewater
John Bissell is the CEO and co-founder of Micromidas, Inc., an industrial biotechnology company that is converting municipal wastewater sludge into bio-degradable plastic.
Andrew Barkett Finds Innovative Ways to Fuel Entrepreneurship
Named First-ever Chief Technology Officer for Republican National Committee
UPDATE: Andrew Barkett is leaving his post as senior engineer at Facebook to bring his decade of experience in Silicon Valley to become the first-ever chief technology officer for the Republican National Committee.The June 4 announcement has stirred a whirlwind of media coverage, including the Huffington Post and Washington Post.Bark