Justin Bzdek is an executive and entrepreneur with 20+ years’ experience in various facets of cleantech and life science company startups, venture formation/financing, IP generation, product commercialization, technology R&D, market development, partnering/licensing, and writing. Justin founded Symbios Technologies in 2008 and after leading the company’s waste-to-energy conversion technology and project development for the first three years, since 2011 Justin has led the Symbios team in developing and funding the company’s advanced aqueous plasma technology platforms. As CEO, Justin is responsible for providing and implementing development and commercialization strategies. He is Principal Investigator on Symbios’ current Phase II SBIR project with the National Science Foundation, and leads the management team in R&D, sales and marketing, product development, and finance efforts. Justin also is responsible for engaging and executing strategic relationships and commercialization agreements with large multinational companies in select vertical markets. With Justin’s leadership, in 2014 the company appointed a Board of Directors including former senior executives from GE, Hach/Danaher, and PricewaterhouseCoopers to raise the capital needed to complete product development and execute agreements for licensing and commercial sales.
Justin has been a founder of several other cleantech companies and has sat on a number of for-profit company and nonprofit boards. He was founding Steering Committee member of the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2) and the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association (RMSLA), and founding Board Member of the Southwestern Biofuels Association (SWBA). From 2008 through 2011 he was Chairman of The Atmosphere Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit developer of community solar energy projects, and he was a Board member of the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster 2010-2011. Justin’s specialties include the experience and temperament to form teams across multiple disciplines and across business and scientific functions, including national labs, government agencies, industry, and academia to develop and commercialize translational technologies. A Hach Scientific Foundation Scholar, Justin holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Colorado State University.