Dr. Tony Day
Senior Director of Studies
Dr. Tony Day completed his Ph.D. in biotechnology at Imperial College London in 1990 and is currently an Operating Partner at Hawkwood Biotech Partners, a San Francisco-based consulting firm that supports companies in scaling industrial biotechnology and food-tech companies.
Born and raised in East London, Dr. Day received his bachelor’s degree chemistry from Portsmouth Polytechnic and his Masters at University of British Columbia. After earning his Ph.D. from Imperial College, London, he carried out post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Professor Sir Alan Fersht FRS, a world-leading enzymologist and biophysical chemist.
Upon completing his post-doctoral studies, Dr. Day was recruited to Genencor Inc, a major industrial enzyme company in the U.S. This was his entrance into industrial biotechnology. He spent the next two decades working in both R&D and business development; his work spanning everything from food production to biofuels to genetic wellness. Notably, Dr. Day was the first senior hire at Solazyme, a company centered on the production of “vegetable oil” for industrial and food use through algae fermentation.
Drawing on the great breadth of experience gained from his time in both academia and industry, Dr. Day cofounded Hawkwood Biotech Partners in 2017. Hawkwood provides support to growing companies in the industrial biotech and food-tech spaces, in everything from regulatory work to engineering to finances.
In his free time, Dr. Day enjoys sailing and cooking. In the early 2010s, he sailed around the Caribbean for a couple years, traveling through the Panama Canal and arriving back in the Bay Area. More recently, he has channeled his culinary talents into running pop-up restaurants which serve classic French cuisine.
As a Senior Director of Studies with EDeeU Education, Dr. Day supports students interested in all aspects of modern biotechnology, at all levels from basic undergraduate to cutting-edge research.
San Francisco, California
Ph.D. in biotechnology (1990), Imperial College, London.