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UNC Clean Tech Speaker

Thomas Ranken

Thomas Ranken
President and CEO
Cleantech Alliance


Tom is President & CEO of the CleanTech Alliance. Under his leadership, membership has grown by a factor of eight to 300 companies, research institutions, and other organizations in six U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Tom co-founded and was CEO of VizX Labs, a cloud-based bioinformatics company. Earlier, he led a team that turned around and doubled the size of Axio Research. He directed public affairs at Immunex and was President of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association.

Tom spent 14 years as a Trustee of Harborview Medical Center including serving as Board President. He has served on the Boards of VizX Labs, Axio Research, the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (Chair), the Technology Alliance, the Washington News Council (Treasurer), the University Sunrise Rotary Club (President), Council of State Bioscience Associations (Chair), Seattle Mental Health (Chair), Crisis Clinic, Magnolia UCC (Moderator), and others. He serves on the board of the Renewable Energy Scholarship Foundation. Tom has an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA in economics from the University of Virginia.
Tom is married and has two adult children. He is a former Scoutmaster, an avid guitar player in the Ranken File band, and experiments with beer brewing.