Douglas Cameron, Ph.D.
Doug Cameron is Founder and Managing Director at Alberti Advisors and is a prominent scientist, businessman and thought leader in the areas of clean technology and sustainable agriculture.
Doug's career has spanned business, finance and academia, including stints at Khosla Ventures, Piper Jaffray, Cargill, Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2009, Doug was the recipient of the prestigious Raphael Katzen Award for his contributions in furthering the deployment and commercialization of biotechnology to produce fuels and chemicals from renewable resources.
Doug launched Alberti Advisors in 2010 as a venture advisory firm with expertise in the business, science and engineering of clean technology and sustainable agriculture. Prior to founding Alberti Adviors, Doug was Managing Director & Chief Science Advisor at Piper Jaffray, one of the world's leading investment firms operating in the area of cleantech. At Piper Jaffray, he was responsible for helping build the firm's global franchise in renewable energy and clean technology.
From 2006-2008, Doug was the chief scientific officer at Khosla Ventures, one of the premier venture capital firms in clean technology investments. As chief scientific officer, he led technical due diligence for many of the firm's clean technology investments, served on the board of directors for Gevo, LS9, Mascoma, Segetis, Lanzatech, Kior and Draths, and also held senior management roles in several of these companies, serving as acting CEO of Gevo, LS9 and Segetis. Doug continues to serve on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Mascoma, Segetis and Draths.
Doug worked at Cargill, Inc. from 1998 through mid-2006, where he built and led Cargill's corporate biotechnology research group, and also spearheaded the company's biotech activities in China. While at Cargill, Doug worked closely with NatureWorks, Cargill's bioplastics joint venture; helped form the industrial bio-products business unit; and was principle investigator on a Department of Energy grant for the production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid, a precursor to acrylic acid, from renewable resources.
Doug was a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison from 1986 through 2000, where he taught biochemical engineering and established a leading research laboratory in the areas of metabolic engineering and bioprocess technology. While at Wisconsin, he consulted for several leading companies, including Cargill, DuPont and Genencor, and was a guest professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. His research group did pioneering research on the production of biobased chemicals, including 1,3-propanediol and 3-hydroxypropionic acid.
Doug graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree in biomedical engineering. He earned a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, were he did research on the microbial production of fuels and chemicals and discovered a novel fermentation route to 1,2-propanediol. For his first job out of college, he was the fourth employee of Advanced Harvesting Systems, a sustainable agriculture start-up company backed by International Harvester.
He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a Fellow of the Society of Industrial Microbiology (SIM) and a Fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is on the editorial boards of Metabolic Engineering, Process Biochemistry and Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining (Biofpr). Doug is also a consulting professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University.