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Driving Low Cost and Time to Market - John Melo (Amyris)
Date: 5/21/2008
Length: 5 minutes
Speaker(s): John Melo
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: Rather than simply re-invneting the wheel on new energy sources, Amyris Biotechnologies CEO John Melo discusses his company's decision to focus on blended fuels that already meet market specifications. This practice, he points
out, can get alternatives competing in the marketplace years faster than starting a formula from scratch. Melo also discusses his enterprises' numerous cost-saving techniques, such as simplified manufacturing, low capital investment, and
efficient fermentation toward product growth.

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Summary: Having worked both for Big Oil and for start-up companies, Amyris Biotechnologies CEO John Melo compares the work environment of the two - particularly when it comes to seeking capital. But the start-up environment offers a unique
lure, says Melo - the potential to be on the right side of environmental change. In addition, the Amarys founders, the investors interested in scientific progress, and the potential for technological innovation were all powerful magnets
pulling him from the large corporate environment. Watch More
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Summary: John Melo, CEO of Amyris Biotechnologies, enjoyed building oscilloscopes, circuits and transistors - and yet he was a college dropout. In this clip, Melo comments on his non-linear career path and how his passion, personal
interest, and sense of independence have propelled him from one episodic position to another. He states that he first looked for opportunities to do the things he loved to do, and then focused on the places he wanted to be. Watch More
Driving Low Cost and Time to Market - John Melo (Amyris)
John Melo
5/21/2008
Summary: Rather than simply re-invneting the wheel on new energy sources, Amyris Biotechnologies CEO John Melo discusses his company's decision to focus on blended fuels that already meet market specifications. This practice, he points
out, can get alternatives competing in the marketplace years faster than starting a formula from scratch. Melo also discusses his enterprises' numerous cost-saving techniques, such as simplified manufacturing, low capital investment, and
efficient fermentation toward product growth. Watch More
Planning for the Market - John Melo (Amyris)
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Summary: Even after the first round of financing, budding start-up Amyris Biotechnologies didn't quite realize the potential of its assets or its market possibilities, says company CEO John Melo. The company made a choice. And rather than
exploring the limits of the technology simply for technology's sake, they thought instead about exploring the needs of the marketplace. They first looked at the attributes of existing energy sources, and then investigated molecular
alternatives that can mesh with current capabilities. Watch More
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Summary: From an open-source anti-malarial compound to renewable energy resources, Amyris Biotechnologies CEO John Melo explains his enterprise's corporate acts of altruism, as funded by the Gates Foundation. In his words, it's a win-win
situation: His organization undertakes innovative science, saves thousands of lives, and conserves natural resources. Watch More

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