Thao Ngo

Portfolio Program Associate

Thao is a Portfolio Program Associate at TDK Ventures, where she is working closely with the Portfolio Program Manager to enable strategic engagements between Portfolio Companies and global TDK business groups. Thao is dedicated to identifying and building the bridge between deep-tech entrepreneurs with industry experts at TDK to create a collaborative ecosystem that fosters creativity and accelerates breakthrough solutions.

Prior to TDK Ventures, Thao was a Technology Manager at Clark Street Associates, where she led deep tech clients in pursuing non-dilutive government funding. In this role, Thao leveraged her technical background to dive into clients’ core technology and develop approaches to address critical defense and commercial needs. Her most impactful project resulted in $30M in federal funding for a healthcare client to commercialize a COVID-19 testing platform.

Thao holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, foraging, hiking, and spending time with her family.

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Portfolio Companies Served

actnano is setting a new standard for electronics protection with its commercialized water and environmental- resistant nanocoating technology, Advanced nanoGuard™ (ANG).
With over 15 years of robot development, Agility Robotics revolutionary Digit model can provide a robot solution to work side by side with humans, for humans.
Faction develops driverless vehicles that have the speed and performance of cars, but at the cost of a motorcycle, to reduce emissions, avoid gridlock, and improve energy use.
Groq has developed a new and innovative compute technology that separates performance from latency allowing uncompromisingly exceptional results.
Infinite Uptime's Predictive Maintenance (PdM) platform offers two key capabilities within a single platform: Diagnostics as a Service (DaaS), which monitors critical equipment 24/7 and notifies the presence of any faults, and Digital Reliability Service (DRS), which provides prescriptive actions/interventions and downtime savings.
Novalith’s technology solutions capture and leverage carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere to isolate and extract higher quality – battery grade – lithium from resource deposits, with no harmful by-products. Their process uses less water, smaller infrastructure, and is a lower cost than current industry standards.
pH7 Technologies developed a proprietary metal-extraction process utilizing non-toxic organic and inorganic chemistry, as well as electrochemistry to drive extraction of metals and key minerals from ores, concentrates, and end-of-life materials.
Span has overhauled the 100-year-old electrical panel to bring the innovations of tomorrow into the homes of today.
Type One Energy is tackling the technical challenges that have kept fusion from becoming a practical reality with the latest advances in additive manufacturing and high-temperature superconductor magnets.
Verana Networks is building an innovative 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) solution for service providers that have licensed millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum.
Verdagy is innovating water- electrolysis technology for the large-scale production of green hydrogen.
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