Nanotech 2011
Michael  Raab

Michael Raab

Founder and President

Agrivida, Inc.

Dr. Michael Raab is a Founder and the President of Agrivida, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology company focused on creating the next generation of industrial feedstocks for the fuel and chemical industries. Agrivida’s crops have improved processing traits that enable efficient, low cost conversion of the crops’ cellulosic components into final goods. At Agrivida Michael has led business and technical development, funding of the company, assembly of the management and scientific teams, development of a strong intellectual property portfolio, and has negotiated numerous strategic partnering agreements and collaborations. Prior to founding Agrivida, Michael earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his work focused on linking gene transcription to the rates of chemical reactions in living cells. Before studying at MIT, Dr. Raab worked in process research at the Merck Research Laboratories, where he was involved in process design and scale-up for Pneumovax23®, Gardasil®, and Merck’s experimental HIV vaccine. He is author on numerous peer reviewed research papers, served as a visiting professor on the chemical engineering faculty at the University of Virginia, was named to Technology Review’s 2006 TR35 awardees as being a top innovator under the age of 35, was selected as a participant in the National Academy of Engineering’s 2007 Frontier’s in Engineering meeting, and was named by Ernst & Young as a semi-finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year in New England.

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