Zane Starkewolfe, PhD, Venture Catalyst, UC, Davis
Zane Starkewolfe, PhD, Venture Catalyst, UC, Davis


Zane Starkewolfe is the Associate Director – New Venture Resources at Venture Catalyst.  He works to provide support and identify early-stage funding for UC Davis researchers engaged in translational research. He has 15 years of experience in science-based entrepreneurship in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and clean energy industries.

Dr. Starkewolfe previously worked at Burrill & Company, a San Francisco-based venture capital and investment banking firm focused on the life sciences, where he evaluated investment opportunities, helped raise new venture funds and advised companies on financing, business development, intellectual property licensing, M&A and clinical trial design. He previously co-founded immune-oncology therapeutics startup as well as a point-of-care diagnostic company based on UC Davis technology in nanomaterials and launched a digital health company.

Dr. Starkewolfe obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Davis with a designated emphasis in biotechnology and translational research, B.Sci in physics, and was a UC Davis Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar.

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