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Dan Widmaier
CEO at Bolt Threads


Dan Widmaier is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bolt Threads.
Dan earned his PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from UC San Francisco, where his graduate research involved designing genetic circuits to control microbial organelles. In 2009, he and his two co-founders founded Bolt Threads, which is creating the next generation of materials using biomimicry and biotechnology. Harnessing his experience in both science, and business development, Dan has grown Bolt Threads from an incubator start-up to a biomaterials platform company with 100+ employees. He has led Bolt Threads through multiple fundraising rounds, created lasting partnerships with brands like Stella McCartney and Patagonia, and launched an increasing number of commercially available products using Bolt Threads materials.

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