Summit Speaker: KT Moortgat
Mohr Davidow Ventures
KT MoortgatKT Moortgat brings her experience enabling university entrepreneurs and translating discovery into commercial markets to her work as a Partner and member of the investment team at Mohr Davidow. She identifies and engages innovators, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders in support of the firm's Cleantech and Life Sciences investment areas. She also manages the MDV Innovators Award.
“Too often research discoveries become part of scientific knowledge without reaching their full societal impact. In working with the brightest entrepreneurs and innovators, it’s our priority to help turn potential into commercial reality.”
Prior to Mohr Davidow, KT was founding director of the Center for BioEntrepreneurship, within UC San Francisco and affiliated with the QB3 Institute. She established the hub of UCSF's training and resources for entrepreneurial scientists and clinicians, including the popular "Idea to IPO ... and Beyond" course; and mentored dozens of faculty and students in commercializing life science technologies. At UCSF, she also worked closely with the Executive Vice Chancellor on strategy for industry-academic partnerships.
KT earned a doctorate in Biophysics for research conducted at the Salk Institute and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and masters and undergraduate degrees in Physics at UC San Diego and Berkeley, respectively. At UC San Francisco she was Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow.
KT is on the advisory committee for the Kauffman Foundation Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Award.