VC Taskforce - Cleantech Forum Emerging Sectors: Next Generation Biofuels


Clean Technology

Trader Vic’s at Dinah’s Garden Hotel
4269 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Michael R. Ward and James J. Mullen III

Michael R. Ward and James J. Mullen III


Emerging Sectors: Next Generation Biofuels

January 28, 2009
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
4269 El Camino Real (Trader Vic’s)
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Event Host: Morrison & Foerster

Morrison & Foerster, in conjunction with the VC Taskforce, will host a panel of biofuel experts to discuss the promises and challenges of the scientific breakthroughs that are reshaping the biofuel industry.

With the development of second- and third-generation technology to convert plant matter and non-food crops into fuels, the biofuels industry has quickly expanded beyond the “conventional” first-generation biofuels made from sugar, starch, vegetable oil, and animal fat. Second-generation biofuels use biomass to liquid technology while third-generation technologies convert algae into fuel.   

These ground-breaking developments promise to overcome the inherent problems associated with using food crops for fuel, but as the panel will discuss, business models and supply chain issues still need to be ironed out before the prospects of advanced biofuels can be realized. Despite the challenges, investors are pouring money into second- and third-generation biofuels, hoping to ride the wave of biofuel enthusiasm. What can we expect to come out of all this, and how will it effect you?  Come join us to find out! 

Michael Ward, Partner, Morrison & Foerster 

Jim Mullen, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
Michael Burnside, President & CEO, Catchlight Energy 
Will Coleman, Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures 
Neal Gutterson, President & CEO, Mendel Biotechnology 

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Registration, Networking, Buffet
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Q&A
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and soft drinks

Trader Vic’s at Dinah’s Garden Hotel
4269 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Emerging Sectors in Cleantech Series Committee

Ben Franks, Cleantech Practice Manager, Morrison & Foerster
Program Manager
Rose Mortilla, Vice President, Yes Partners

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