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Laura McVay-Oliphant


Laura Oliphant is the CEO of Translarity, a venture backed, semiconductor test startup. Prior to joining Translarity in late 2016, she was an Investment Director in Intel Capital from 2001 until her retirement from Intel in 2016. As a Corporate Venture Capital investor, Laura brought over $1B in strategic and financial value to Intel through her investments and was awarded Intel’s highest award, the Intel Achievement Award, for her contributions to Intel. When she was part of Intel Capital, Laura made investments worldwide in semiconductor capital equipment, manufacturing robotics, new devices, and software as a service (SaaS) companies. Laura directly managed her portfolio companies, providing strategic direction and advice to the company and its Board of Directors. In addition to her investment responsibilities, Laura built strategic relationships with Fortune 500 CEO’s and influencers to bring knowledge of market trends and opportunities to bear on internal corporate strategic discussions. Prior to her role in Intel Capital, Laura served as a Supply Chain Program Manager in Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group (TMG). Laura was responsible for negotiating major technical and commercial contracts with Applied Materials, KLA-Tencor, and many other major companies. Laura was one of the key coordinators for Intel’s transition to the 300 mm wafer size in their factories, a project which delivered to cost targets, and added over 10 points of gross margin to Intel. Laura received the TMG Excellence Award, Intel’s second highest award, for her contributions. While she was part of the Technology and Manufacturing Group, Laura was the co-chairperson of the SEMATECH Metrology and Yield Management Advisory Group, and was part of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) committee for yield management technology. Laura is also currently a member of the board of advisors for the UC Berkeley Skydeck Accelerator and has served on the Lawrence Berkeley Lab Innovation Grant Committee. When she was with Intel Capital, she was one of Intel’s key contacts with the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Laura has also served as the volunteer Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors for the Burlingame Soccer Club and the Redwood Junior Soccer League. For these organizations, she developed standardized business processes for the corporations and handled 501(c)3 compliance with the IRS and the State of California. Laura is a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College, where she received the Pen and Sword Award and is a member of Tau Beta Pi. Laura also has a AA in Photography with High Honors from Foothill College. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where her thesis research was centered on candidate batteries for electric cars. As part of her qualifying exam for the PhD, Laura developed research topics in the drug delivery area. Laura and her husband live in Emerald Hills, CA and have two daughters.