Entrepreneurship in Chemical Engineering

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 8:00am-6:00pm EST

Entrepreneurship in Chemical Engineering Topical Conference

New to the Annual Meeting program, this topical conference will provide a brand-new platform that demonstrates the multitude of opportunities available to chemical engineers in the world of entrepreneurship and innovation, including start-ups. Come learn from the experts as they share their unique insights on what it takes to start a new business - and succeed. 

Schedule of Sessions - Tuesday, November 12

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM:  Entrepreneurship and Investing in Early Stage Companies

Chair: Shyam Paudel, Brewer Science

Talk Speaker
Investing in University Startups: How to Pick the Winners David MackanicStanford University
Why Silicon Valley does not understand Enterprise AI Praful KrishnaChief Executive Officer, Coseer
Presentation Title To Be Announced Eric Breese, Evonik Venture Capital
Understanding Venture Capital Funding Decisions and Using Initial Funding to Build a Successful Startup Jason ZengEntrepreneur, PhD Student, Montana State University
Presentation Title To Be Announced Charles Andres, Attorney, WSGR

12:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Challenges in Entrepreneurship: Ensuring Success for your Start-up (Panel Discussion)

Chair: Henry Uyeme, Intrida

Talk Speaker
Opening Remarks Praful Krishna, Chief Executive Officer, Coseer
Opening Remarks Jason Zeng, Entrepreneur, PhD Student, Montana State University
Opening Remarks

Jessica Ocampos,Chief Executive Officer, Camnexus

Opening Remarks Frana JamesChief Executive Officer, Allied Microbiota 
Opening Remarks George DiloyanChief Executive Officer, Nanotech Industrial Solutions
Panel Discussion All

3:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Entrepreneurship in Chemical Engineering: Transitioning from the Lab to the Boardroom

Chair: Amy Beaird, Helicon Chemical

Talk Speaker
Presentation Title To Be Announced Frana JamesChief Executive Officer, Allied Microbiota 
Navigating your Career in Entrepreneurship
Hannah Murnen, Chief Technology Officer, Compact Membrane
Two Start Ups: How to protect yourself with legal documents Roger Pettman, Executive Chairman, Cycladex Inc
Three attempts in entrepreneurship: lessons and outlook Santiago Rojas-CarbonellChief Operating Officer, W7energy
Presentation Title To Be Announced George DiloyanChief Executive Officer, Nanotech Industrial Solutions

In addition to this core programming, the Entrepreneurship in Chemical Engineering topical conference is proud to collaborate with other groups of AIChE to offer additional programming under the topical conference umbrella, including:

Sunday, November 10

Monday, November 11

Tuesday, November 12

Charles Andres

Charles Andres, Ph.D., RAC, is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He focuses on patent prosecution, strategic patent counseling, IP due diligence, drug and medical device FDA regulatory counseling, invalidity and non-infringement opinions, life-cycle management, Supreme Court and Federal Circuit amicus briefs, and related business matters. Charlie has significant experience drafting patent applications, prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. and abroad, and evaluating the claims of issued patents. He has won cases before the Board of...Read more

Eric Breese

Eric Breese is an Investment Manager at Evonik Venture Capital.  His responsibilities include deal sourcing, investment due diligence, strategy development, and portfolio company support.  He serves as a Board Observer for a portfolio company.  He brings a strong financial foundation to evaluating opportunities with strategic relevance to Evonik.   Eric joined Evonik in 2006 and has held positions in Germany and the U.S. within the Advanced Intermediates Business Unit and Corporate Finance.  Prior to his current role, he served as Director Innovation Americas...Read more

George Diloyan

Dr. George Diloyan has joined NIS in 2012 after receiving his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University with a focus on nano technology, electrochemistry and material science. He has extensive experience with applications of nano materials to solve hardcore industrial problems. Dr. Diloyan also holds two MS degrees in Computer Science and Thermodynamics. Dr. Diloyan’s work at NIS focuses on research into nanoparticles and development, functionalization, commercialization and production of inorganic nanoparticles for oils, greases, composites and polymers.

Frana James

Frana James is the founder and CEO of Allied Microbiota (AMB) which she co-founded with Dr. Raymond Sambrotto at Columbia University. AMB develops low-cost sustainable solutions to treat recalcitrant pollutants using environmentally friendly microbial solutions. AMB's patent-pending bacterial solution is less expensive than the least expensive competing solution for “easy” remediations and is the only solution that can treat PCB and dioxin contamination without using even more expensive, energy-intensive burning or depositing of the contaminated soils in limited classified landfills. AMB...Read more

Praful Krishna

As CEO of Coseer, Praful helps teams at Fortune 500 companies accelerate complex workflows using artificial intelligence (AI). With seven years of experience in building effective solutions across pharma, energy and other sectors, Praful focuses on use cases like historical data interpretation, natural language search, unstructured data management and others. Praful has been a turnaround CEO, an investor with $15B hedge fund, and a McKinsey consultant. He is an MBA from Harvard University and B.Tech (EE) from IIT Bombay, India’s premier engineering school. Praful will speak about tactical...Read more

David Mackanic

David is currently an Investment Partner at Dorm Room Fund, a student-run venture capital firm backed by First Round Capital. David’s investments span all sectors, but he is particularly focused on investing in materials and energy companies. David is also an Accel Innovation Scholar at Stanford, and was previously the President of the Stanford InSITE Fellowship, an organization that brings MBAs and engineers together to work with local startups and VCs. He is currently a Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford, where he researches the intersection of electrochemical energy...Read more

Hannah Murnen

Hannah Murnen is the Chief Technical Officer at Compact Membrane Systems, a small advanced materials company using novel fluoropolymers for industrial separations. Hannah directs the research and product development efforts across the organization. She joined CMS in 2015 to lead business development efforts and shifted to the CTO role in 2018. Prior to her role at CMS, Hannah worked at McKinsey and Company as a consultant for industrial, material and chemical companies in areas encompassing supply chain, growth strategy development, market differentiation, and others. She holds a PhD in...Read more

Roger Pettman

Roger Pettman is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Cycladex  and has raised $1m in grants from the National Science Foundation and established a strategic collaboration with Comstock Mining in Nevada. He is also Executive Chairman of Mageleka, a Company focussed on using low filed nor in particle characterization. Previously, he was founder of Revolymer, a polymer based company and raised $75m taking the Company public on the AIM market in London. He was also co-founder of ChiRex, which went public on NASDAQ for $147m before being sold to Rhodia for $540m. He holds a PhD in...Read more

Santiago Rojas-Carbonell

Santiago Rojas-Carbonell mission is to be a bridge between the technical and commercialization aspects of technologies. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), M.S. in Nanosciences and Microsystems and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (advised by Prof. Plamen Atanassov, dissertation with distinction, University of New Mexico). Up until May 2019, Santiago was a  postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delaware working with Prof. Yushan Yan. His areas of research encompass electrochemistry, ion-conducting polymers, and lithium-ion batteries...Read more

Jason Zeng

Jason Zeng holds a BA in economics from Berkeley, and is currently a PhD chemical engineering student at Montana State University. After his Bachelor's, Jason worked at 2 rapid growth tech startups in SF. He has also worked in the newspaper and agricultural industries before he decided to stick with engineering. ...Read more