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Silicon Valley AgTech Conference

Mike Cox
CEO at Anaerobe Systems, Inc.


Mike Cox is the founder and CEO of Anaerobe Systems, a microbiology manufacturing and research company. He has a degree in microbiology from the University of Houston. Mike began his career as a medical microbiologist. While working at Stanford University Medical Center he invented and patented an improved anaerobic chamber and technology to prepare anaerobic culture media in a completely oxygen free environment. He has also developed technology to convert biomass into hydrogen and organic fertilizers and recently received a patent on that technology. Mike is a member of The American Society of Microbiology and the Anaerobe Society of the Americas. Mike spend much of his time teaching anaerobic microbiology and has present over 600 session in more than 20 countries around the world.

Mike serves as a guest lecturer at Santa Clara University and San Jose State University. He currently is mentoring a graduate student at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory where he donated the equipment to establish an anaerobic research laboratory. This lab is evaluating using invasive aquatic plants to produce hydrogen and fertilizers while removing agriculture fertilizers from the waterways.

Mike was a member of Leadership Morgan Hill class of 2005 and recipient of the Leadership Excellence Award in 2013.

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel #3 - Sustainable Agriculture: The Role of Technology