Peter L Keeling, PhD is Director of the Innovation Program at the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC), based at Iowa State University. Peter has over 30 years of R&D and management experience in the biotechnology and biorenewables sector. Peter received his PhD and BS degrees in Biochemistry from the Council for National Academic Awards, UK. After his postdoctoral research, Peter worked for the R&D division of ICI/Zeneca in what is now Syngenta, was a Founder and Research Director of ExSeed Genetics and then became Unit Research Director of a division of BASF Plant Science. He is also co-founder of multiple startup companies in the bioproducts space. In 2009, Peter took his current role at the interface of academia and industry when CBiRC became fully operational. Over the past few years, Peter taught an entrepreneurship course and ran the BioBased Foundry, a startup-mentoring program. As well as working closely with industry members in CBiRC, he recently became involved in CISTAR, another NSF Engineering Research Center based at Purdue University.