Maya Nilkant

Start-ups and Spin-offs

Blog Post created by Maya Nilkant on Jun 6, 2017

by Ean Warren


Women in Chemical Enterprise Breakfast

April 3, 2017, 7:30 am–9:00 am

Imperial B, Hilton Union Square

With support from BASF and MPPG

(Ticketed Event)


     For over 20 years, WCC has organized the Women in the Chemical Enterprise Breakfast, a program designed to initiate discussion on topics relevant to women in the chemical sciences. We will have two guests in San Francisco: Dr. Molly Morse and Dr. Xiaoxi Wei.

     Molly is the CEO and co‐founder of Mango Materials, a San Francisco Bay Area‐based start‐up company that  uses methane gas to feed bacteria that manufacture a biopolymer. Molly received her Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering–with an emphasis on anaerobic biodegradation of biocomposites for the building industry–from Stanford University, and her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. Molly has contributed to multiple patents, publications and presentations. Along with other Mango Materials team members, she is currently working to up‐scale the technology of using methane gas to produce environmentally friendly materials.

     Xiaoxi is an entrepreneur and chemistry professional in the area of supramolecular assembly. She has developed synthetic transmembrane nanopores with distinguished selectivity and hyper‐effective ice prevention materials via biomimetic nanoscience. Xiaoxi founded X‐Therma in 2014 and is the inventor of X‐Therma’s core technology to develop a state‐of‐the‐art biopreservation/antifreeze formulation that incorporates a first‐in‐class hypereffective and non‐toxic proprietary antifreeze polymer. X‐Therma will first enable safer transport and long‐term biobanking for advanced stem cell therapies, IVF, organ transplants, and other regenerative medicines before scaling to other large markets.

     Random Business Card Exchange is a new activity designed to encourage networking after the Women in the Chemical Enterprise breakfast. Mentors dropped a business card in a bag and mentees picked one up. There were three bags from which to choose a card, one each for business, academia, and government and other non‐profits. The idea is to encourage one‐on-one relationships to discuss work and experiences. We hope this project will be another way to connect students and early career chemists with more experienced scientists.


Join us in San Francisco for what will be an enlightening discussion on start‐ups and spin‐offs!