Karsten Temme | AIChE

Karsten Temme

Co-founder & CEO
Pivot Bio

Karsten Temme, Ph.D. is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pivot Bio, a microbe company commercializing the world's first replacement for chemical fertilizer. Driven by a vision of a more sustainable food system, Dr. Temme has spent most of his career translating new technology into commercial solutions that improve financial and environmental outcomes for farmers.

During his doctoral work in the University of California-Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering, Dr. Temme invented a breakthrough technology that enables cereal crops to self-fertilize, and co-founded Pivot Bio in 2011 to scale this technology. He and his co-founder have grown the company to include a diverse team of nearly 90 highly dedicated, creative and driven innovators. While a student at the University of Iowa, Dr. Temme founded X-Wires in 2002, a company that provided reliable internet access to rural farmers needing digital resources to run their operations. Dr. Temme earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa.