ARCH Venture Partners

ARCH Venture Partners is a premier provider of seed and early stage capital for technology firms, with a special competence in co-founding and building technology firms from startup. ARCH invests primarily in companies co-founded with leading scientists and entrepreneurs, concentrating in innovations in life sciences, physical sciences, and information technology. ARCH manages seven funds totaling over $1.5 billion and has invested in the earliest venture capital rounds for more than 130 companies over 24 years. Portfolio companies where ARCH was a co-founding or early investor include Sapphire Energy, Illumina, Ikaria, Semprius, Aviron, Impinj, Xenoport, Alnylam, Nanosys, Microoptical Devices, New Era of Networks, Netbot, Trubion Pharmaceuticals, Caliper Life Sciences, Ahura, Xtera, Kythera, Array Biopharma, Adolor, Everyday Learning Corporation, Nanophase Technologies, Siluria, and deCode Genetics, among others.

Comer Science & Education Foundation

The late Gary Comer, founder of the Lands’ End clothing company, possessed not only remarkable business savvy, but also a unique vision that inspired all who knew him. His interest in abrupt climate change research led him in 2004 to become the financial founder of the research & development company Global Research Technologies (GRT), the predecessor company to Kilimanjaro Energy.

Gary’s interest in climate change is also supported by grants from the Comer Science and Education Foundation (CSEF), which is a private, family foundation (a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity) founded in 1998 and dedicated to supporting innovative programs making a positive impact on the lives of individuals and communities. Since 2004 CSEF has supported leading scientists studying the causes and consequences of abrupt changes in climate. As part of the management of his estate Gary contributed his interest in GRT to CSEF.

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