Carolyn Bertozzi PhD, Co-Founder and Chair, SAB

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Carolyn is a Professor of Chemistry at Stanford and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She has been recognized with many honors and awards for her research accomplishments. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize, the Heinrich Wieland Prize, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, among many others. In addition to her academic position, Carolyn recently guided the creation and acquisition of a biotech startup, Redwood Biosciences.

Jesse Cortez PhD, Automation Lead

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Jesse is the Automation Lead for Enable Biosciences with a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from UC Berkeley. His synthetic experience led him to his post-doctoral work at UCSF where he synthesized antagonists for nuclear hormone receptors giving him experience in biochemistry, mass spectrometry and protein binding. At Enable Biosciences, he uses his broad scientific background to work on various new challenges that emerge, such as assay automation. When not working in the lab, he can be found performing musical theater around the Bay Area

David Gebhart, Engineer Process Development and Quality Systems

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David is an experienced researcher and engineer with a background in quality, manufacturing, and data management. His broad background has included roles at start-up and established companies; developing technologies, improving documentation, and optimizing processes for increased scale. David earned his bachelor’s degree from Olin College of Engineering which focuses on interdisciplinary engineering and project based learning.

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Kenneth Danh, Scientist

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Kenneth joined the lab in Spring 2018 as a research associate. He received a bachelor's degree from the department of biology at UC San Diego. His background experience includes the coordinating and conducting of experiments in clinical and preclinical research, maintaining regulatory compliance, and general lab management.

Lynette Sawyer DPH, Laboratory Director

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Lynette is the Laboratory Director for the Enable Biosciences Clinical Laboratory. She holds a doctorate in public health from UC Berkeley and is a licensed Bioanalyst. Lynette is a microbiologist, specializing in virology, with a career spanning clinical, public health and biotech laboratories in positions ranging from bench work to management. The latter included direct participation in submissions to both European and US regulatory agencies. She has been directing clinical laboratories intermittently since receiving her Bioanalyst license in 1989.

Jerry Hurst, Technical Supervisor

Jerry has over 35 years experience in clinical laboratory science, including work as a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist in all specialties. After certification as Public Health Microbiologist and completion of Master’s degree in Microbiology, he worked as clinical microbiologist at Stanford Medical Center for 8 years and 4 years at the California State Department of Health Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory as a research virologist.

Subsequently, he joined the California Laboratory Field Services as an inspector and eventually managed the California and federal CLIA inspection programs statewide, the HIV approval program, and the Examiner training program thereby gaining expert knowledge of CLIA, state, and accreditation requirements.

Upon retirement from state service my work in the private sector included Administrative Laboratory Director of 2 Kaiser Hospital laboratories, Unilab Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, Laboratory Director of the Humboldt and Fresno County Public Health Laboratories and Technical Supervisor of multiple clinical laboratories.

Since 2001, he has worked as an independent consultant. Clients include national and international laboratories, biotechnology companies, state and county public health laboratories, private attorneys, federal Department of Justice, and research laboratories.

Jason Tsai PhD, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

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Jason is an inventor of the core ADAP technology and has extensive knowledge of immunology, protein biochemistry and engineering, and physical chemistry. A graduate of UC Berkeley and Stanford, he has filed numerous patents in biomedical science and published several peer-reviewed papers in cancer physical biology, diagnostics, and PCR-based assays. In addition, he was a graduate of the UCSF Lean Launchpad program, an NSF-sponsored biotechnology accelerator program. He was a Gold medalist at the 2008 International Chemistry Olympiad.

Peter Robinson PhD, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

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Peter is an inventor of the core ADAP technology and recently completed his doctorate in chemistry for graduate work performed at UC Berkeley and Stanford. In the course of his degree program, he initiated four projects that apply chemical principles to create tools for the detection glycoproteins and antibodies. These projects have demanded broad expertise in numerous techniques in chemical synthesis, bioconjugation, molecular biology, and immunology. This work forms the basis of several peer-reviewed papers and patents.

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David Seftel MD MBA, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

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David is a seasoned clinician with a strong background in biotech and entrepreneurship. At Harvard Business School, he co-founded the Health Industry Club which continues today to drive interdisciplinary innovation in the US and around the world. He has worked in a number of small startups, including helping to successfully pilot a diagnostic product through 510k certification. He has also advised and mentored numerous startups including those in the UCSF Lean Launchpad program and those presenting plans to venture capital and angel investors.

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Noemi Fonseca, Research Associate

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Noemi is one of the newest Research Associates for Enable Biosciences members. She received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the college of Science and Mathematics at CSU Fresno. Her background experience includes working for the USDA-ARS and UC Berkeley as a Biological Laboratory Technician and UC Davis as a Research Associate. When off work, she can be found running around the Bay.