[Pending] Nano*High - April 25, 2008: Larry Bock - "The Art of the Start: Moving Science from the Lab to the Marketplace"

By Alexander S McLeod1, Jeffrey B. Neaton1, Jeffrey C Grossman2

1. University of California, Berkeley 2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Nano*High - April 25, 2008:
Larry Bock - "The Art of the Start: Moving Science from the Lab to the Marketplace"

At one time, it was considered socially unacceptable for a scientist to enter the world of business. But today, scientists in all fields are successfully beginning start-up companies and bringing new technologies to the marketplace. Larry Bock discusses the challenges, tribulations, and successes of scientific venture capital and the process of bringing nanotechnology to applications in the real world.


Mr. Bock started his career as a Researcher in the early days at Genentech, Inc. in the field of infectious diseases, where he was on the team that received the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for demonstrating the world's first recombinant DNA vaccine. He was a Venture Capital Associate with Fairfield Ventures (now Oxford Bioventures)

He has received several awards and honors. He was selected by Venture Capital Journal as one of the Ten Most Influential Venture Capitalists, by Red Herring as one of the Top Ten Innovators, by Forbes-Wolfe NanoReport as the Number One Powerbroker in Nanotechnology, by Ernst & Young as a Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year, and by Small Times  as Innovator of the Year and Top 3 Business Leaders of the Year. He received the Einstein Award by the Jerusalem Foundation for lifetime contributions in the field of life sciences. He was one of a dozen individuals invited to the signing of the $3.7B 21st Century Nanotechnology Act by President George Bush in the Oval Office. In addition, Nanosys has received numerous awards including the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers Award, Red Herring Top 100  Scientific American's Nifty Fifty, Science Magazine's Technology Breakthrough of the Year and the World Technology Network's Leading Company in Material Science.

He is involved in a number of government agencies. He is a Member of the Advisory Board and the Technology Advisory Board of the NanoBusiness Alliance. He is a Member of the President's Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration (PECSEA) pending final approval, a Member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group (NTAG) reporting to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), a Member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology formed by Congressman Mike Honda and California State Controller Steven Westly. He is on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.

Larry and his wife, Diane, established the Larry and Diane Bock Chair in Nanotechnology at the University of California, Berkeley held by Dr. Paul Alivisatos.  They also  founded Community Cousins, a non-profit foundation focused on breaking down racial barriers, that was selected by former Vice President Al Gore as one of ten outstanding grass root efforts nationally.

Larry received his B.A. in Biochemistry (summa cum laude) from Bowdoin College and his M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA.
Mr. Bock's email is biobock@mac.com and additional information about him can be found at http://web.mac.com/biobock

Sponsored by

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Materials Sciences Division
Sally Nasman, Organizer
Nano*High gratefully acknowledges QB3, the California Institute for Quantitative Biosystems for providing the lecture hall on the University of California Berkeley campus.

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  • Alexander S McLeod; Jeffrey B. Neaton; Jeffrey C Grossman (2010), "Nano*High - April 25, 2008: Larry Bock - "The Art of the Start: Moving Science from the Lab to the Marketplace"," https://nanohub.org/resources/8282.

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