Robert Calcaterra

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As a Principal Advisor, Dr. Calcaterra provides strategic and business advice to recipients of federal grants from the NIH, USDA, NOAA and DOE. Additionally, he also serves as a subject…

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Jeff Knopf

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Jeff is a Principal Advisor for Larta’s Commercialization Assistance Programs. With over 38 years professional experience holding both technical and commercial positions including Sales, Strategic Account Management, Commercial Development, Strategic…

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Steven Spalding

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Steven is a Principal Advisor for Larta’s Commercialization Assistance Programs. He brings over 30 years of business experience with deep expertise in strategic business planning, commercialization strategies, market strategy, incubators,…

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Brad Fabbri

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Brad is a Principal Advisor for Larta Institute. He has over 20 years of leadership, strategic, and business experience in plant biotechnology and agribusiness. While employed at Monsanto Company, Brad…

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James Budzynski

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Dr. Jim Budzynski is a Principal Advisor for Larta’s Commercialization Assistance Programs. Jim brings over 30 years of direct agrifood and related markets experience, primarily in the areas of structuring…

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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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Brent Giles

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Brent is a Principal Advisor at Larta Institute. He brings 15 years of experience helping develop technology and strategy for companies of all sizes. He has strong technical expertise in…

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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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Jeff Carpenter

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Jeff is a Principal Advisor for Larta’s Commercialization Assistance Programs. He has over 30 years of experience in commercialization and marketization of innovations in a wide range of industry sectors,…

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Bob Kodrzycki

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As a Principal Advisor at Larta Institute, Bob brings 30 years of experience in commercializing technology in biotechnology, renewable fuels and chemicals, biomaterials and agriculture. His business experience covers venture…

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