Food for Health Synthetic Biology Roger Royse, Gwen Cheni, Ephraim Lindenbaum

Ephraim Lindenbaum, Managing Director, Advance Ventures
Advance Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based venture investment fund and
venture accelerator that invests in seed and early-stage start-ups across three
core sectors; Sustainability (AgTech, CleanTech, FoodTech) Mobility
(Communications, IoT, Mobile) and Vertical Focused Information Technology
(Enterprise, Consumer-Facing). Founded in 1999, Advance Ventures has
consistently achieved meaningful exits with its portfolio companies across its
core market sectors.

Food for Health: Synthetic Biology:
Roger Royse, Partner, Haynes and Boone
Gwen Cheni, Venture Partner, Fusion Fund
Ephraim Lindenbaum, Managing Director, Advance Ventures

Roger Royse, Partner, Haynes and Boone
Roger Royse is a tax and business attorney with in-depth expertise and expansive influence:
• A recognized authority in tax and business law, with more than 30 years of
experience
• A growing influence in Washington D.C., testifying at US Congressional
Hearings, for issues related to agriculture technology, data regulation, tax and
business
• A supporter and an advocate for cutting edge technology and innovation in
Silicon Valley, particularly agriculture technology, health tech, and Fintech
• Partner with Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Charlotte, Colorado, Illinois, Washington, D.C., Shanghai, London, and Mexico City.
Supporting and expert witness advice to law firms on the tax aspects of
corporate, real estate, commercial transactions, and litigation recoveries
Works with all sizes of closely held and family businesses due to their unique
need for integrated legal solutions that emphasize tax efficiencies
Business, Corporate, Securities, M&A:
Business structuring, financings, mergers & acquisitions and partnership and
joint venture transactions, High stakes business negotiations, Large international financial transactions, Creator of the Total Startup Solution, designed to automate the business formation process. Super-connector between investors, corporate venture executives, angels, tech startups, founders, entrepreneurs, and service providers.

Gwen Cheni, Venture Partner, Fusion Fund
18 years of professional investing experience (three boom-bust cycles), advising C-suites and Boards. Started first grade at age 4, bought first stock at 11, Buffett Munger inoculation at 15, self-funded college working 30 hours/week, graduated with a 4.00 GPA at age 20, Wall Street, offered hedge fund carry at 22, full scholarship to business school but still worked full time in banking, graduate in two years at 25, switched to buyside at 26, promoted to senior analyst at 28, offered $1bn to manage (turned down due to geography), started angel investing at 31, promoted to portfolio manager at 34.