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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 6, 2009-- Piper Jaffray Investment Management chief science advisor, Doug Cameron, will be awarded the 2009 Raphael Katzen Award on Wednesday night at the 31st Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals. The award recognizes an individual who has made distinguished contributions to enable and further the deployment and commercialization of biotechnology to produce fuels and chemicals from renewable sources.

Cameron joined Piper Jaffray as chief science advisor in September 2008, and is part of the firm’s global franchise in renewable energy and clean technology. He joined Piper Jaffray from Khosla Ventures, where as chief scientific officer, he led technical due diligence for many of the firm’s clean technology investments. He was on the board of directors and the scientific advisory boards of Gevo, LS9, Mascoma, Segetis, Lanzatech, Kior and Draths, and had senior management roles in several of these companies.

“Doug has been a critical proponent and leading expert in the deployment and commercialization of biotechnology as a source of producing fuels and chemicals as renewable sources, and this award captures his contributions in this important field,” said Jim McMillan, manager of biorefining process R&D at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Cameron earned a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he did research on microbial fermentation for the production of fuels and chemicals. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a bachelor’s of science and engineering degree in biomedical engineering.

The Raphael Katzen Award is named in the honor of Dr. Raphael Katzen, who is a pioneer in commercializing technologies for converting renewable feedstocks into fuels and chemicals.

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Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC) is a leading, international middle market investment bank and institutional securities firm, serving the needs of middle market corporations, private equity groups, public entities, nonprofit clients and institutional investors. Founded in 1895, Piper Jaffray provides a comprehensive set of products and services, including equity and debt capital markets products; public finance services; mergers and acquisitions advisory services; high-yield and structured products; institutional equity and fixed-income sales and trading; and equity and high-yield research. Piper Jaffray headquarters are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with offices across the U.S. and in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Piper Jaffray & Co. is the firm's principal operating subsidiary. (www.piperjaffray.com)

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