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January 9, 2007
5:30PM -9:30PM
KPMG, Mountain View
5:30PM-6:30PM Poster Sessions/ Buffet Dinner/ Networking
6:30PM-7:30PM Startup Company Presentations / Q & A
7:30PM-8:00PM Break
8:00PM-8:30PM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Irving Weissman
Topic: "What Stem Cells Mean to Science, Medicine and California"
8:30PM-9:00PM Keynote Speaker: Ray A. Rothrock
Topic: "Going Green for Good"
9:00PM-9:30PM Discussion

Keynote Speaker: Irving Weissman, MD
Director Institute for Cancer and Stem Cell Biology, Stanford University


Irving Weissman

Irving Weissman, M.D. has been a pioneering researcher in the controversial area of stem cells and has obtained numerous patents for much of his work done in stem cell research. He also helped found three stem cell companies: Cellerant, SyStemix, and Stem Cells, Inc. Dr. Weissman has chaired the national Academy of Sciences Panel on the Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Cloning and served on many biotechnology boards. He currently serves on a handful of non-university service boards relating to medical research while also belonging to a list of professional societies. At Stanford University, where in 1965 he acquired his M.D. in Medicine, Dr. Weissman holds professorships of Pathology, Developmental Biology, and, by courtesy, Biological Sciences and Neurosurgery. There, he also serves as the director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, as well as for the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Winning his first award in 1986, to this day, Dr. Irving Weissman continues to receive prestigious honors and awards in the field for his extensive medical research involving stem cells.
Keynote Speaker: Ray A. Rothrock, Managing General, Partner, Venrock Associates


Ray A. Rothrock

Ray A. Rothrock focuses on investments in information technology, with an emphasis on security, energy and material sciences investments. Ray currently serves on the public board of Check Point Software Technologies a number of private company boards including Imperva, Jadoo Power Systems , PGP, RedSeal Systems, Transonic Combustion, Vernier, and Vontu. He previously served on the boards of Qpass (acquired by Amdocs, NASDAQ: DOCS), P-Cube (acquired by Cisco, NASDAQ: CSCO), WholeSecurity (acquired by Symantec, NASDAQ: SYMC), Spyglass (NASDAQ: SPYG), DIGEX (acquired by Intermedia Communications), Pedestal Software (acquired by Altiris, NASDAQ: ALTS), and Haystack Labs (acquired by Trusted Information Systems/Network Associates). He also led Venrock's investment in DoubleClick (NASDAQ: DCLK). Ray has directly participated in over 40 investments for Venrock. In addition to his activities at Venrock, Ray serves on the Board of the Texas A&M Foundation and chairs the Investment Committee. He received a B.S. summa cum laude in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, an S.M. in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Harvard Business School.

Historically venture capitalists have been in and out of the energy sector, with surges tied to the price of oil. In 1989 we saw the cold fusion wave and the solar wave hit in 1993.

Some wonder if our current enthusiasm for green technology may wane if oil and gas prices fall, but that’s not going to happen. Today we have a unique situation where several factors, not just one, are contributing to the demand for more efficient energy. We have a perfect storm of conditions with global impact.
1. Price of oil
2. Growth in China and India is creating huge demand, while supply hasn’t caught-up (time to build new refineries).
3. Global consciousness of the greenhouse gas problem.
New companies that want to change the market will be very successful. We want to build companies that are generating power without pollution, finding new ways to burn gasoline or developing fuel cell technology.

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