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John Tao

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John is a Principal Advisor for Larta’s Commercialization Assistance Programs. He is an innovation expert with over 40 years of experience in leading and growing large organizations. John has strong…

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Mark Juergensen

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As a Principal Advisor for Larta’s Commercialization Assistance Programs, Mark has mentored over 90 companies in the fields of clean technology, energy, defense, and transportation. In doing so he brings…

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Stephen Wright

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As a Principal Advisor for Larta’s Commercialization Assistance Programs, Steve brings his background as an experienced finance executive with over 30 years in leadership roles at technology growth companies. Steve…

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Ben Margolis

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Ben Margolis is a Principal Advisor for Larta’s Commercialization Assistance Programs. He is an experienced renewable energy executive with over a decade of experience in both entrepreneurial ventures and large,…

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Xiao-Wei Zhu

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Xiao-Wei Zhu (“Wei”) is a Commercialization Advisor for SBIR grantee companies with phase I and phase II awards from NSF, NIST, NIH, and DOE, help awardees build business models with…

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Diane Hickey

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Diane is a Principal Advisor for Larta’s Commercialization Assistance Programs. She is a commercialization expert with over 20 years of experience translating technology into products and revenue. In addition to…

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Jay Keller

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In 1983 Dr. Keller received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and in 1979 his Masters of Science (M.S.) both in Mechanical Engineering and with a focus on energy from the…

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Ron Kent

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Ron Kent is an Advanced Technology Development Manager in the Business Strategy and Development Group at the Southern California Gas Company. In this capacity, Ron helps to develop and commercialize…

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Gerald Braun

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Gerry Braun is an energy industry veteran and clean energy pioneer, having initiated and managed clean energy R&D programs for two major California utilities, the US Department of Energy, and…

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August Fern

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August has been a consultant to the venture capital and cleantech industries for the past 14 years. In this capacity, she has seen thousands of business plans and companies across…

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