Bolt Threads

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Materials innovation company


Emeryville, California, USA
Year Founded
Organization Type
Established Company
Stage of Development
TRL 9- In Market
Value Chain Impact
Customers, Early Adopters


Key Contacts

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Dan Widmaier

CEO and Co-Founder

Dan has carefully tended Bolt Thread's growth since 2009, using his passion and expertise to lead the company through technology development, expansion, and financing. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from UC San Francisco, where his graduate research involved designing genetic circuits to control microbial organelles.
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David Breslauer

Chief Scientific Officer and Co-founder

David guides the design, production and testing of new silk polymers and fibers with desired performance properties. His graduate research on silk during his Bioengineering PhD at UC Berkeley and UCSF comes in handy as he directs long-term technical strategy.
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Ethan Mirsky

VP of Operations & Co-founder

Ethan keeps the trains at Bolt Threads running on time. He wears many hats and manages all support functions, including capital projects, human resources, information systems, finance and legal. He was previously a founder at Silicon Spice, a successful semiconductor startup, and earned his PhD in Biophysics from UC San Francisco.
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