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Turning University Research into a Commercial Success: A Case Study of Materia

  • Nov 22, 2013 · 8:15 AM
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Speaker's Bio:

Mike Giardello is a founder of Pasadena-based Materia, an advanced materials and catalyst technology company, and serves as President, CEO and CTO. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University and from 1993–1995 was a post-doctoral fellow with Professor Robert H. Grubbs at Caltech and was subsequently a Visiting Associate at Caltech aiding in the early commercialization of the Grubbs Catalyst™ technology. Prior to co-founding Materia in 1998, Mike worked for several start-ups including Maxdem (acquired by Solvay), Cyrano Sciences (acquired by Smith) and also provided technology diligence and operations consulting services to a number of development stage companies and venture capital firms. Mike is also the co-chairman of Innovate Pasadena, a Director of the Caltech Student Investment Fund, serves on the Advisory Board of the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, and was the Vice Chairman of the Pasadena Economic Development Task Force.

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  • Peggy G.

    I'm teaching my ESL class at 9:30. Hope to make a future meeting though!

    November 18, 2013

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