Culture Biosystems Advisors

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Roberto Fernandez

William F. Pounds Professor in Management and a Professor of Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on the areas of organizations, social networks, and race and gender stratification. His current research focuses on the organizational processes surrounding the hiring of new talent using data collected in 14 organizations. Professor Fernandez’s advisory role is primarily focused on the scaling-up of the Culture Biosystems organization.

Tom Einar Jensen

Affiliate Partner with SYSTEMIQ, an advisory and investment firm in the sustainability space.  Prior to SYSTEMIQ, Tom was EVP for Corporate Development at Joule Unlimited, a company converting CO2 back into ultra-low carbon liquid fuels through high-performing photo-bioreactor systems. He was also the first CEO of Agrinos, an agriculturally focused green biotechnology company. Mr. Jensen’s role will be in identifying and executing strategic partnerships and general corporate development.


Dr. Doug Kirkpatrick

Founding General Partner of InnerProduct Partners, a San Francisco based early stage investment firm and technology development management company. He was previously a partner at Vantage Point Capital Partners and Program Manager and Chief Scientist at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While he was at DARPA he started and managed programs that, among other things, started and validated the DOD path to bio renewable jet fuel.  Dr. Kirkpatrick’s role is ensuring technology development remains on track to meet economic cost targets. 

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Jeremy Oppenheim

Managing Director and Co-Founder of SYSTEMIQ. Jeremy was a senior partner at McKinsey until April 2016, where he worked for 24 years serving some of the world’s leading companies in the finance, consumer goods, technology, healthcare and energy sectors. In 2007, he set up McKinsey’s Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice, supporting ambitious public, philanthropic and private sector clients to put in place low-carbon, resource-efficient strategies. Mr. Oppenheim’s role is primarily to assist in the development of business strategy.

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Dr. George Philippidis

Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy at the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability.  Dr. Philippidis has over 20 years of experience in leading strategic business units in advanced biofuels and bioproducts.  Before joining USF, he served as Associate Director of the Applied Research Center at FlU in Miami.  Dr. Philippidis started his career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Denver.  Dr. Philippidis’s role is primarily focused on developing strategic partnerships with other companies in the value chain.



Bryan J. Schramm

Managing Principal at Epic Capital directing corporate strategy and finance advisory services for executive teams. Previously he was a member of the founding team of Sundrop Fuels, a clean-fuels technology company, where he was responsible for corporate development efforts and helped direct policy efforts for the advanced biofuels industry in Washington, D.C. Mr. Schramm’s advisory role is primarily focused on developing partnerships with the petrochemical industry.