General Partner, Pangaea Ventures Ltd. Keith has been making cleantech and advanced material venture investments since 2001, having managed Mitsubishi Corporation's Canadian VC activities and BASF Venture Capital America out of Silicon Valley.
On May 31st, 2017 Pangaea Ventures hosted its third Advanced Materials Commercialization Summit. The summit was attended by entrepreneurs representing some of the world’s most innovative, leading edge start-ups along with senior thought leaders from dozens of the world’s largest chemical and materials companies. Discussions focused on mission critical topics around advanced materials commercialization.
In December 2015, Dow and DuPont set off the greatest wave of consolidation ever seen in the agricultural chemistry and agricultural biology sector. Two years later, the two have become DowDuPont: the largest chemical company in the world. But in-between, the entire ag-chem-bio industry has been mired in uncertainty with a focus on demonstrating synergy, at the expense of innovation.
Doug Wiggin, CEO of Switch Materials, gives a talk on the commercialization of smart windows for the automotive sector, as part of Pangaea Ventures' Advanced Materials Commercialization Summit.
A lot of investors talk about "smart money" and "value add". Pangaea Ventures won't even invest unless we have a whole arsenal of tools or advantages we can bring to maximize the success of the start-up company. In this video, we hear from the CEOs and CTOs of Envia Systems, NewLeaf Symbiotics, Redlen Technologies, Semprus BioSciences, Switch Materials, Tivra Corporation, and Vestaron Corporation on the work Pangaea has done to help its portfolio succeed, beyond just money.
Redlen Technologies is a leading manufacturer of high resolution Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) semiconductor radiation detectors which are enabling a new generation of high performance detection and imaging equipment including Nuclear Cardiology, CT Scanning, Baggage Scanning and Dirty Bomb Detection.
This week, the US EPA told our portfolio company Vestaron that they could remove the bee toxicity warning from the label of its biopesticide product, Spear. We were thrilled to be able to announce this in yesterday's press release, but I thought people may be interested to know exactly what we had to do to prove that Spear was non-toxic to bees.
In part 1 of this blog, I used water and food as a starting place for how advanced materials are making our world better by improving quality of life in the developing world. I covered topics such as desalination, air conditioning, turning natural gas into food, and even eating bugs!