Bill and Danielle Gottfried established The Kidney Research Institute of Texas, the first institute of its kind in Houston focused on kidney disease, to accelerate investment in kidney disease prevention, research, and technology innovation to improve patient care. We are committed to ending kidney disease and improving patient care. We dedicate The Kidney Research Institute of Texas to the memory of family members who have died from kidney disease, including Bill Gottfried's Father, Henry William Gottfried, Jr., CDR, U.S. Navy.
Gottfried International, Inc. is a leader in management consulting, executive search, and project development expertise to support clients' interests in energy, agriculture, biotechnology, health care, space technology, and real estate. We developed the first hyperspectral imaging satellite for the energy industry providing for space based hydrocarbon exploration; this system was also configured as one of the first commercial payloads for the International Space Station. We recruited executives for several of the first commercial space technology and agricultural biotechnology companies and we recruited the management team for the first biotechnology company in Houston. Bill and Danielle Gottfried were the first husband and wife real estate team in Texas to manage $2 billion in global listings.
Our experience in global energy markets began when Bill Gottfried started his career as a U.S. Naval Officer in the Middle East managing 300,000 b/d of petroleum shipments in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, and Yemen. During the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bill was a member of the first U.S. Government Trade Missions sent to Russia and Kazakhstan to develop investment cooperation with the new independent republics. He recruited management teams and raised capital for energy and agriculture joint ventures Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan and he formed the first agriculture joint venture in Kazakhstan during the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Bill Gottfried received a B.S. in Petroleum Marketing from The University of Tulsa; a M.B.A. in International Business from The George University, Washington, D.C.; he attended Executive Ed. at Harvard Business School; he was commissioned a U.S. Naval Officer at Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island; and he graduated from Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Georgia. He has been listed in the Financial Times "Who's Who in World Oil & Gas", he is an Eagle Scout, and a Member of The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. He has been active in the biotechnology industry for over 35 years being one of the first members of BIO and a founding member of BIOHOUSTON.