Dan Widmaier

CEO & Co-Founder
Bolt Threads

With a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from UC San Francisco, Dan is no stranger to a lab coat; but he's not your average biotechnology CEO. While co-founding a company to develop the materials of the future, Dan quickly saw the potential in a market many scientists wouldn't have considered: fashion. His fascination with the often disparate worlds of chemistry and apparel make him a unique person leading an equally unique company - Bolt Threads is harnessing proteins found in nature to create materials with both practical and revolutionary uses. Dan has been the CEO of Bolt Threads since 2009, using his passion and expertise to lead the company through technology development, expansion, and financing.

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