Daniella Russo and Greg Baxter are the co-founders of Think Beyond Plastic, the leader of a global multidisciplinary effort to identify and commercialize upstream innovations that eliminate plastic pollution, with focus on innovative product delivery systems. At Hardcore Natural History, they'll be discussing their work in agricultural supply chains in our area.
To secure a rich pipeline of innovation, Think Beyond Plastic is building an innovation eco-system connecting industry, investors and innovators. To support the eco-system and the needs of innovators, investors and industry, Think Beyond Plastic operates an Innovation Center with a network of Regional User facilities for design, testing, characterization and prototyping across the planet, as well as the International Space Station.
Daniella and Greg believe that intractable environmental challenges can be addressed by harnessing the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the power of the markets to do good. They are serial entrepreneurs.
Daniella Russo is an Associate Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies Graduate Program in International Policy and Management. She serves on the Board of numerous NGOs and businesses. Daniella has started and ran numerous high-tech businesses, and her experience includes executive management from start-up phase through an IPO (such as Frame Technology, Infoseek and others), as well as Fortune-500 companies (Sun Microsystems, and Xerox PARC).
Greg is a former Program Director with the Divison of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at the National Science Foundation, the world's largest early stage investment vehicle for startup companies. The Program's mission is to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations. Greg is a long-time mentor and member of the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator and was a Fellow with the Innovation Accelerator, a public private partnership with the National Science Foundation to facilitate the commercialization efforts of small businesses
For more information, visit www.thinkbeyondplastic.com