Board of Directors
Co-Founder, Director, Alta Partners
Mr. Gruener is a co-founder of Alta, and was also a Partner at Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at Nanōmix from 2008 to 2013 and has more than two decades of experience in the fields of software development, systems engineering and corporate development. In 1982, he founded Virtual Microsystems, a successful communications software company that was later merged with a larger corporation. Garrett also founded Ask Jeeves, now Ask.Com, a leading Internet search engine which is now part of IAC. Garrett specializes in information technology and is on the board of directors of nCircle Network Security and Xelerated. He earned a Masters Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, San Diego, both in Political Science with a focus on technology policy.
Marvin L. Cohen, Ph.D.
Professor Cohen is a preeminent figure in the field of theoretical con-
densed matter physics. He is a founding scientist of Nanōmix and also serves as a
Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is a member of the
National Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a
Fellow of the American Physical Society, and the recipient of numerous scientific
awards, including the National Medal of Science and the Foresight Institute Feynman
Board Member, Audit Committee Chairperson
Chief Financial Officer of Stem Cells, Inc.
Mr. Schiffman was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dendreon Corporation. Mr. Schiffman’s previous roles also include Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Affymetrix and Vice President Controller at Applied BioSystems where he managed global financial operations. Mr. Schiffman headed up a variety of global assignments at Hewlett Packard including international finance projects in Europe and Asia, and a U.S. manufacturing operation. He also worked for IBM in several financial positions. He serves on the board of Xenogen Corp., a leading biotechnology company offering an integrated suite of biophotonic real-time in vivo imaging and transgenic technologies. Mr. Schiffman received an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Alex Zettl, Ph.D.
Nanōmix Co-Founder; Professor, Department of Physics, University of
Professor Zettl is a founding scientist of Nanōmix Inc. and also leads the
Superconductivity and the sp2 Nanoscience Programs at the Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory. He is a renowned expert on condensed-matter experimental
physicists, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Professor Zettl's primary
expertise is in the synthesis and characterization of novel materials and nanostructures.
Principal of Zygote Ventures
Mr. Fiddler is the principal of Zygote Ventures and has helped create and grow numerous companies, as CEO, chairman, director, investor and advisor. Mr. Fiddler is the founder of Wind River and was for 23 years its CEO and Chairman. He is currently the Chairman of Solazyme (Nasdaq:SZYM).