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LAURA DRAXLER, MBA, MSE, Founder/CEO at The CodeLab
Draxler has led technology teams in the clean tech, software and biotech industries for 10+ years. Laura has managed teams across multiple functional areas and shipped a variety of systems and software products at Fortune 500 companies and several early stage companies, most recently in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and wastewater treatment/recycling.
Draxler has a passion for clean technology and for the last 5+ years, she has provided executive-level leadership and project management for cutting edge start-ups in renewable energy and energy efficiency. As the CEO of start up ZERE Energy and Biofuels, Laura has led ZERE’s biomass waste-to-renewable energy and biofuels business planning and operations, advancing ZERE biofuels technology under the NREL commercialization assistance program, and was awarded funding from California Energy Commission, International Copper Association, and NIREC. Additionally, she has been providing leadership at Cleantech Open as a program chair and as an advisor to several early stage clean tech companies including HelioBioSys, MaterialMix, Enfocus Engineering, and BioFiltro. At Lawrence Berkeley National Labs Environmental Energy Technologies Division, she has led partner development and project specification for new Ultra Low Energy Use (ULEU) devices.
Draxler has also routinely been a judge for national, academic, and government funded competitions in engineering disciplines, renewable energy and efficiency, and environmental sciences.
Draxler is a graduate of the UC Berkeley-Columbia Business School Executive M.B.A. Program. She received her M.S. in Engineering from Santa Clara University and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
Draxler currently serves on the Board of Directors of ZERE Energy and Biofuels, Inc. and previously has served on the Board of the Association of Women MBAs
Gottschalk is one of a small inner circle in Silicon Valley who pioneered the U.S. cleantech sector and helped shape it into a new driver for global innovation and economic growth. His core areas of practice include representation of companies in complex real estate and environmental matters from property leasing, purchase and sale and development to environmental risk management, regulatory advice and permitting as well as advising cleantech and other emerging growth companies in corporation formation and venture finance transactions.
Prior to joining Sidley, Marc served as chief business development officer and general counsel for Proterra Inc, a manufacturer of advanced electric drive and energy storage solutions for heavy duty vehicles (including its industry leading fast charge EcoRide transit bus) and served as the co-chair of the Energy and Clean Technology practice at a well known high technology law firm. While there, he assisted dozens of innovative cleantech companies go to market.
He is the co-founder and board chair of the Cleantech Open, a world-leading organization that provides vital resources inventors and entrepreneurs need to take cleantech innovations from concept to operating business. He was named a California Super Lawyer by Law and Politics Magazine from 2006-2010.
ROBERT ANDERSEN, Ph.D., Director Emeritus, Provosolli-Guillard CCMP culture collection.
Anderson is a renowned biologist whose primary interest is in the systematic biology (nomenclature, phylogeny, taxonomy) of algae and cyanobacteria. He has long standing interest in growing both freshwater and marine species in culture. Anderson has collected algae from bogs, ponds, lakes and streams in the Keweenaw, including the open regions of Lake Superior. He has cultured species of algae and cyanobacteria from all over the world and advises Heliobiosys on optimal strains for sugar production and other characteristics of significance for their use in industrial biotechnology.