Mr. Eisenhut is a 1988 graduate of Cornell. In 1999 he co-founded KensaGroup, a technology commercialization company that bridges the gap between university-developed intellectual property and the innovation needs of Fortune 1,000 companies. Through KensaGroup, Mr. Eisenhut has co-founded seven technology-based startups, and serves on the Board of Directors for four of these portfolio companies.
Harry Wilcox is a general partner at Flagship Pioneering, a venture capital firm focusing on life sciences companies. He serves as a member of the firm’s investment committee and is involved in LP relations and fundraising. His career spans 30 years and has involved many different roles and functions including controller, chief financial officer, senior vice president of business development and CEO. In addition to his corporate experience, Harry was previously CFO of two venture capital firms: Highland Capital Partners, where he was the founding CFO and general partner, and, prior to that, Charles River Ventures. Before joining Flagship, Harry served as CFO and then senior vice president of corporate development for EXACT Sciences, and led an active consulting practice which included roles as interim CEO of two biotech companies: Thrasos Therapeutics and Biostratum. Harry is currently a board member of Seventh Sense Biosystems, Incredible Foods (Chairman), MidoriUSA (Acting CEO), BG Medicine and Be Power Tech.
Gerard H. Langeler
For over 20 years, Gerry has served as a Managing Director with OVP Venture Partners, the most successful venture capital firm in the Pacific Northwest. OVP is finishing its 30th year, having raised its seventh fund (OVP VII) at $250 million. Since its founding in 1983, the partnership has backed over 125 startups – and seen over 50 liquidity events including 25 IPOs with more than 30 others being acquired by public companies. From 1981 to 1992, Gerry was co-founder of Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) where he served as President and Board member. He helped lead Mentor to over $400M in sales and $1B in market capitalization, ranking it as one of the largest and most profitable of all U.S. companies founded in the 1980s. He is the author of The Success Matrix – Winning in Business and in Life (Logos Press – press date March 2014), Take the Money and Run! An Insider’s Guide to Venture Capital (Smashwords and Lulu Press, 2011) and The Vision Trap (Harvard Business Review, March 1992), which continues to be widely used in business schools and corporate training sessions. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of CradlePoint, Novomer, and Group 14 Technologies. He holds a BA, Chemistry from Cornell University, and a MBA from Harvard.
Charles Kresge, Ph.D.
Dr. Kresge is President of ChemSciConsulting LLC, a consulting practice serving technology organizations in the chemical and energy industries. He has over 35 years of experience in the field of catalytic materials and processes. Charlie is widely known for his research on the discovery, characterization, and commercial application of mesoporous materials. Prior to ChemSciConsulting, Charlie was the Chief Technology Officer of Saudi Aramco. Prior to joining Aramco, he was Vice President of R&D at Dow Chemical. Charlie holds over 100 patents dealing with novel catalysts and their applications, and has over 60 scientific publications, some of which are citation classics. He obtained his undergraduate education in chemistry and physics at Swarthmore College and received a PhD in physical chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Charlie is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of the US National Academies.
Recipient of the 2010 Oslo Business for Peace Award, William Rosenzweig is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, educator and an avid gardener. Will has spent over 25 years cultivating thriving startups while teaching and mentoring mission-driven entrepreneurs around the world. Will serves as a Senior Advisor to Generation Investment Management, a public and growth equity practice chaired by Al Gore. Will was founding CEO (and Minister of Progress) of The Republic of Tea and co-author of The Republic of Tea: How an Idea Becomes a Business, which was named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Will has served on the professional faculty of the Haas School of Business at UC, Berkeley, since 1999 where he is a Social Impact Fellow. He currently leads Food Venture Lab, a cross-disciplinary graduate innovation course, and Edible Education 101 with Alice Waters. Will is also managing partner of Physic Ventures. In 2015, Will founded and was named Dean of The Food Business School at The Culinary Institute of America and in 2016, he was named one of seven people shaping the Future of Food by Bon Appetit magazine.
Jim Sledzik is Managing Director for the North America team of Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), a corporate venture capital fund that invests in early-stage and high-growth technology companies. He is responsible for overseeing existing investments and growing SAEV’s investment portfolio in North America. In addition to Novomer, Jim currently sits on the board of directors of ConXtech and Maana. Jim also serves as Senior Advisor at Hall Labs, where he previously was Managing Director. Prior to this, Jim held the position of Senior Partner and President of the U.S. office of Energy Ventures. While with Energy Ventures, Jim served on the board of directors of multiple companies, including Wireless Seismic, Ingrain, Sagerider and Hicor. He holds an MBA in International Business from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a BS in Geosciences from Penn State University.