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Dr. Marc von Keitz

ARPA-E Program Director Marc von Keitz

Dr. Marc von Keitz currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His focus at ARPA-E includes biological energy conversion processes, sustainable biomass production and utilization, as well as energy-efficiency.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. von Keitz co-founded BioCee, Inc., an industrial biotechnology company, where he served as President, CTO, and Board Member. In these roles, Dr. von Keitz oversaw company management, technology leadership, fundraising, and strategy development.

From 2000 to 2011 von Keitz was Program Director at the University of Minnesota’s Biotechnology Institute (BTI) and was responsible for all scientific and managerial aspects of the university’s central fermentation and bioprocessing facility, the Biotechnology Resource Center. At BTI he also developed and managed Minnesota’s first laboratory based incubator facility for biotechnology startup companies. Prior to serving as Program Director at BTI, Dr. von Keitz founded an online marketing firm promoting energy-efficient and environmentally sound housing, Green Homes Marketspace, Inc., and also worked as an Environmental Engineer at Montgomery-Watson.

Dr. von Keitz holds a Ph.D. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University. He also studied Biology and Chemical Engineering at Universitӓt Karlsruhe (KIT), Germany, and INSA Toulouse, France.