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Lab to Startup

Jun 6, 2023

Jay Keasling, the CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). He is also a Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and also the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley.. He’s also a Senior Faculty Scientist @ Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and also holds other prestigious positions around the world.

We talk about Jay’s initial foray into startups; working with grad students and postdocs; challenges translating lab research to startups; funding; partnerships; equity splits; lessons learned from failures and other topics.

- Jay Keasling CV:
Joint Bioenergy Institute (JBEI)
- Initial foray into startups: Amyris
- Deciding which research projects become startups
- Working with graduate students and postdocs
- Building partnerships
- Working with investors: Philanthropy, angel investors, VCs and corporate VCs
- Faculty co-founders and equity split challenges
- Pivots & networking
- Lessons from failures