4 Minutes With…David Dodds, President, Dodds & Associates, Tech Diligence Guru
by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you’ve been to ABLC, you’ve likely seen a hugely-popular session where we turn the tables — instead of having CEOs present their companies and technologies, we have technical diligence experts look at companies and technologies with a critical eye — pointing out the question marks and “still to be proven” aspects as well as “now, that’s a real breakthrough if they prove it, wow” aspects. One of the experts who sits in the hot seat — that’s David Dodds.
My overall role is to provide small/start-up/virtual companies in the bio-based chemicals area with the technical, interdisciplinary, executive level management to put a technical plan in place, from IP strategy to specific experiments at the bench. I can cover (and have) organic synthesis, chiral chemistry, biocatalysis, molecular biology, fermentation of natural products and recombinant enzymes, and the required downstream processing.
On the other side, my role is to provide technical due diligence to entities considering investment in such companies; I enjoy this greatly. Related to this, I have provided patent liaison as well as expert witness service in patent litigation.
Beyond this, my goal (or perhaps ambition is a better word) is to bring technical perspective and knowledge to both senior levels of corporate management and policy-making. This means moving into advocacy, a new endeavor for me.
Expressed as specific milestones, our industry needs clear policies on climate change, carbon cost/tax/caps, and energy (in all forms). READ MORE