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
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Scott Franklin
Scientific Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Checkerspot
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David Greenwood
Director
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Cain McClary, MD
Founder and Managing Partner of KdT Ventures
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Julia Moore
Partner at Breakout Ventures
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Jim Kim
Founding member and General Partner at Builders VC
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Walter Solomon
Director
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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 designs performance materials at a molecular level. It does this by optimizing microbes to biomanufacture unique structural oils produced in nature, but not previously accessible at commercial scale. The company is currently commercializing three materials: a light-weight urethane-based composite (Algal Core) and a cast urethane (Algal Wall), both commercialized initially through the brand WNDR® Alpine, as well as algal oil formulated into MiDori® BioWick and sold in partnership with Beyond Surface Technologies to clothing brands worldwide. A Certified B Corporation™, Checkerspot empowers product designers and innovators, including Beyond Surface Technologies, Gore and WNDR Alpine, with better materials to develop improved consumer and B2B applications for a post-petroleum future.