Senior Director of Venture Investments Agriculture

"I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center." – Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano
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Vicarious scientist

Biochemist by training, unapologetic question-asker, enthralled with the process of mastering new-to-her realms of science

Strategic advisor

10 years helping founders and companies innovate their technologies, partner more effectively, and build faster

Parenting as a third culture kid

Believes that experiencing unfamiliar cultures is the best way to cultivate empathy, and a fun way to raise good humans in the process

Stained glass artist

Math as a proxy for artistic expression keeps her connected to the other half of her brain

Sara started her career as a biochemist and has always been fascinated by the process of turning scientific discoveries into world-changing technologies. She’s helped companies develop cellulosic ethanol feedstock crops, build strategies on sweeteners for the future of food, and identify new tools to harness the power of biology in crop protection. As an investor, her goal is to eradicate hunger in her lifetime. She believes the future of agriculture must emphasize not just calorie production, but nutrition and health – of people and environments.

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