About Us

We believe innovation is fueled by human spirit and creativity.

Developing better performing products starts with a deep connection with innovators, partners, and customers and is achieved by a relentless commitment to solving real world challenges.

We love what we do and who we do it with.

Board of Directors
Charles Dimmler
Co-founder and CEO of Checkerspot
Scott Franklin
Scientific Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Checkerspot
David Greenwood
Cain McClary, MD
Founder and Managing Partner of KdT Ventures
Julia Moore
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Breakout Ventures
Jim Kim
Founding member and General Partner at Builders VC
Walter Solomon
Our Name
We are named after the Edith Checkerspot Butterfly, a threatened species living nowhere else in the world except among plants adapted to soils created from serpentine granite unique to the San Francisco Bay Area. The butterfly symbolizes our commitment to the environment and to developing high-performance materials for better products - products that are better for our planet, and better for generations to come.
About Checkerspot
Checkerspot is a biotechnology company that designs high performance materials and ingredients for a better planet. Our WING® Platform enables our biology and design labs to develop, test, and commercialize award-winning products that aim to reduce global dependence on fossil fuels and other unsustainable sources of oil. We seek to accelerate the adoption of renewable, biobased products that engage directly with consumers and show what is possible in industrial materials, outdoor recreation, personal care, and food and nutrition.