Chemical Ventures Conference 2019

April 23-24, 2019

The chemical space has a large untapped opportunity. It has a longer investment time cycle. It has the potential for continued repeatable and predictable financial performance more so maybe than the technology space or the industries directly dependent upon the fickle consumer. The movement of mass and manipulation of energy requires a disciplined development, design and commercialization process to deliver financial results. The opportunities provide high quality jobs, sustainable long term positive effect on the economy and provide critical materials to the broader marketplace. This conference will focus on Innovation, Investment, and Deal Flow in the chemical space.

Important Venue Information

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Session Topics:

  1. The Role of Venturing in the Chemical Industry
  2. Chemical Start-up Strategies
  3. Outcomes and Exits (M&A, Licensing, etc.)
  4. Structuring Deals for Success
  5. Presentations: Start-ups will present their technologies
  6. Lessons Learned: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  7. Strategic vs. Financial Investing
  8. Incubation Space for Chemical Start-ups

Startup Presentations:

  • Aequor, Inc.
  • Allied Microbiota, LLC
  • Carbon Upcycling Technologies
  • Compact Membrane Systems
  • Copprint
  • Cycladex, Inc.
  • EcoCatalytic, Inc.
  • iMicrobes
  • Intrida
  • Lectrolyst, LLC
  • MCET Technologies, LLC
  • MesoMat
  • Nanotech Industrial Solutions, Inc.
  • Pilant Power Devices
  • Precision Polyolefins, LLC
  • Radical Plastics, Inc.
  • ReliOx Corporation
  • RiKarbon, Inc.
  • SAS Nanotechnologies
  • STF Technologies, LLC
  • Tandem Repeat Technologies LLC
  • TerraCOH, Inc.
  • Thrupore Technologies, Inc.
  • W7Energy. LLC


Wayne Tamarelli on Chemical Ventures

February 8, 2019

Angel investor Wayne Tamarelli discusses trends for chemical startups and what you can expect form the Chemical Ventures Conference.

Featured Speakers

Jay Amarasekera

Dr. Jay Amarasekera is a Senior Technology Manager attached SABIC Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation which is one of the world’s top diversified chemical company. Prior to this role, he served as the Technology Manager for Performance Chemicals and Innovative Plastics business units of the company. Before SABIC, Jay served in many managerial positions in General Electric’s former Plastics and Silicones businesses both in USA and China. Prior to joining GE, Jay worked as a Research Scientist in BASF Corporation's Colorant & Coatings and Performance...Read more

Vanessa Chan

Dr. Vanessa Chan is an Entrepreneur, Board Member, Angel Investor, Keynote Speaker and Educator who has spent over 20 years innovating. She is a leading thinker in innovation & entrepreneurship where she thrives at the interface of technology and business. She is currently at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a Professor of Practice in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Undergraduate Chair of Materials Science & Engineering and a member of the Executive Committee for Penn Health Tech. Prior to Penn she was a McKinsey...Read more

Judith Giordan

Judith Giordan is a co-founder of the Chemical Angels Network ( , Managing Director of ecosVC, Inc. ( , professor of Practice at Oregon State University, a former Fortune 100 executive and an entrepreneur. Judy serves as board member, co-founder, advisor and investor in seed and early stage STEM aligned startups.

Her previous executive positions include Corporate Vice President and Officer/Global Director of Research and Development at...Read more

Jacob E. Grose

Jacob E. Grose, Ph.D. is an Investment Manager for BASF Venture Capital, where he heads the Boston office. He is a board member for NBD Nanotechnologies and a board observer for Provivi. He is responsible for making strategic minority investments that bring value to BASF and the greater community. Previously, Jacob worked for BASF New Business, where, among other projects, Jacob scouted and led BASF's strategic partnership with EnerG2 Technologies. During this time, he was involved in the negotiations, due diligence, and subsequent integration for BASF's acquisition of EnerG2 in 2016....Read more

Laurence Hayward

Laurence Hayward is a founding partner of Independence Equity, an early-stage venture fund focused on resource efficiency. Hayward is co-founder of Cornerstone Angels, which has invested in more than 60 companies since 2006, and founder/CEO of VentureLab. Previously, Hayward was President of, an early version of equity crowdfunding.  Vcapital was acquired in 2002 by a NY-based investment bank. 

Hayward led global marketing for the Emerging Company Services practice of Arthur Andersen.  He was appointed to represent the firm at the World Economic...Read more

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

Frank Klemens

Frank is the Managing Director of DuPont Ventures (Concurrent with Director of Licensing) in the areas of Nutrition & Health, Industrial Bio Sciences, Electronics & Imaging, Safety & Construction, and Transportation & Advanced Polymers. He works closely with the DuPont businesses to capture new and strategic opportunities primarily in the Specialty Chemical areas (IoT, machine learning, biotech, food, beverage and supplements that address digestive, metabolic and cardiovascular health, as well as specialty food protection, electronics and imaging, and construction and...Read more

Michael Krel

Michael joined Sofinnova in 2013 and has been involved in the investment activity of the Sofinnova Green Seed Fund and Sofinnova Capital funds and Sofinnova IB 1 fund, a 125 million euros fund dedicated to the decarbonization of the chemical industry. He is an observer on Comet Biorefining board. He was the acting CEO of EnobraQ at the very beginning of the company, and remains a board member since a new CEO has been hired.

Prior to Sofinnova, Michael spent two years as VP Business...Read more

David Sudolsky

David Sudolsky is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Anellotech, which is developing the Bio-TCat™ process to produce cost-competitive renewable aromatic chemicals (benzene, toluene and xylenes, "BTX") from non-food biomass for use in making plastics such as polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, polystyrene, or for renewable transportation fuels.

Anellotech is currently evaluating loblolly pine and eventually other sustainable bio-feedstocks at its seven-story tall TCat-8® pilot plant. Anellotech complements its world-class R&D team with in-depth, long-term alliances with...Read more


Proceedings of the Chemical Ventures Conference 2019 are now available: