Dr. Doug Cameron

Managing Director

First Green Partners and Alberti Advisors


Douglas C. Cameron (Doug) is passionate about helping entrepreneurs, researchers, and students create a healthier world. He is an innovator, investor, advisor, and teacher. Currently, Doug is Managing Director of First Green Partners, an early-stage venture investment company and of Alberti Advisors, a family business focused on innovation and education. He is a board director for several start-up companies and is on the advisory board of the AgTech Accelerator in the Research Triangle Park (North Carolina).

Doug has significant experience in both research and business. His first job out of college was with an agricultural start-up company focused on large-scale protein production. He was a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught and led research in metabolic engineering and bioprocessing. While at Wisconsin he was a member of the cellular and molecular biology program and had a courtesy appointment in the Center for Dairy Research. He moved from Wisconsin to Cargill, where he started the corporate biotechnology research group and was director of biotechnology and chief scientist. He initiated and led research projects related to food and bio-based products in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

While at Cargill, Doug also worked with the corporate ventures group on deal-sourcing and due diligence. He moved from Cargill to Khosla Ventures in Silicon Valley, where he was chief science officer, acting CEO of several start-up companies, and on eight corporate boards. He then moved to Piper Jaffray, a global investment bank based in Minneapolis as chief science officer and an investment banker. From there he started Alberti Advisors and co-founded First Green Partners.

Doug has ten issued U.S. patents. He is a recipient of the Raphael Katzen Award and is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the Society of Industrial Microbiology, and the American Society for the Advancement of Science. He has a B.S.E. in biomedical engineering from Duke University and a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from M.I.T. Doug enjoys bicycling and recently completed the 430 mile RAGBRAI bicycle ride across Iowa with his wife, Sally.

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