NCIFT Luncheon

Join us for lunch with Olgica Bakajin, Ph.D. of Porifera to discuss Reinventing Membrane Processing: How to Make New Product Categories While Saving Energy and Water. 

Olgica Bakajin brings a wealth of technical knowledge and entrepreneurial expertise to her role as CEO, Co-Founder, and Board Member of Porifera, Inc.

Since founding the company in 2009, Dr. Bakajin has led Porifera to through the development and commercialization of its novel, environmentally-friendly concentration technology to solve challenges in the management of water across global industries.

After developing the first aligned carbon nanotubes for desalination on a team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, she co-founded Porifera with the vision of creating advanced membrane systems for water treatment. Dr. Bakajin has led the company’s strategic direction, developing the team and technology from early-stage R&D to international commercial sales by Global Fortune 500 brands..

Under her leadership, the company has been honored with many accolades, including the United States’ Small Business Administration Program’s Tibbetts Award for exemplary achievement as a small business, in addition to several local innovation awards.

Dr. Bakajin was profiled by the San Francisco Business Times as a Transformative Leader in 2019, she received the R&D 100 Award in 2010, NanoTech Briefs Award in 2007, and was been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2011. Dr. Bakajin received her B.A. in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University.
 
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February 15 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm | Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel | Magnolia Ballroom

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