Alumna Profiled in Biotech Business Magazine

March 20, 2013

Jennifer Holmgren ’81
Jennifer Holmgren ’81

Harvey Mudd College alumna Jennifer Holmgren ’81 is featured in an International Women’s Week story in BioSpectrum, a business magazine covering India’s biotech industry.

In the article, Holmgren shares why she left a vice-president position with UOP to become the CEO of New Zealand-based LanzaTech, which develops low-carbon fuel technologies from industrial waste.

“My interest in commercializing LanzaTech’s technology goes further than a significant business opportunity,” says Holmgren. “Too many developing countries lack meaningful supplies of energy. Our option to take waste gases and produce renewable fuel or power will help democratize energy supplies, providing a way for millions of people to decrease their reliance on imported sources of fuels and energy, and enabling a greater number of people to access a previously unobtainable standard of living.”

She also credits the people and forces that helped guide her path.

“Throughout my career and my education I have been fortunate to have professors, managers and peers who have pushed me to be the best I can be. I have also been blessed with a naturally positive outlook—I tend to see the potential for good outcomes rather than the risks associated with failure.”