Amgen Innovator Series Enable Awesome: Bootstrapping a Diagnostic from Idea to Industry

Amgen Innovator Series Enable Awesome: Bootstrapping a Diagnostic from Idea to Industry

02-22-2017 12:30 pm - 02-22-2017 1:30 pm
2nd Floor Community Center
953 Indiana Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

David Seftel, CSO and Peter Robinson, CEO
Enable Biosciences

Feb22aEnable Biosciences is a recent addition to the QB3@953 family – a spinout from the PhD work of a pair of Berkeley / Stanford grad students. Come hear the story of how two scientists with no business background teamed up with a sports medicine physician from South Africa to build the next generation of diabetes-screening technologies.

Feb22bPeter Robinson, PhD, is the CSO of Enable Biosciences. After completing his graduate work in chemistry at UC Berkeley and Stanford in 2016, he joined Enable Biosciences full-time. With Enable Biosciences, he won several startup competitions, including the Harvard Business School New Ventures Competition, the Diabetes Innovation Challenge, and the Stanford Predictives and Diagnostics Accelerator prize.

Upcoming Event

  • Scalable Microbiome Diagnostics for Agriculture

    1st Floor Conference Room, GEHC
    953 Indiana Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States
    AMGEN Lunch Seminar Diane Wu, PhD and Poornima Parameswaran, PhD Co-Founders, Trace Genomics RSVP The Trace Genomics microbiome sequencing platform enables screening of disease-causing microbes and interpretation of millions of beneficial organisms in the soil. Their machine learning platform enables simple integration of soil microbiome information into with field management information to help farmers identify optimal management conditions that increase soil health and sustainability as well as crop yields. Their innovative technology has received notable media coverage in Forbes, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, AgFunder, and Fast Company, and was most recently listed by Forbes as one of the 25 most innovative Ag Tech startups. About Diane Wu Diane Wu, PhD completed a BSc in Computer Science and Molecular Biology at SFU (Vancouver, Canada) and a PhD in Genetics at Stanford University. She was awarded a Stanford Graduate Fellowship and published her thesis on the cover of Nature Structural Molecular Biology, advised by Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Fire. Diane then joined the machine learning team at Palantir Technologies as one of their first data scientists, where she built predictive models for healthcare, merchandising, law enforcement, and fraud detection.
    About Poornima Parameswaran Poornima Parameswaran, PhD completed her BS in Molecular Biology at UT Austin, a PhD in Microbiology & Immunology at Stanford University with Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Fire, and her postdoctoral fellowship with MacArthur Fellow Dr. Eva Harris at UC Berkeley's school of Public Health, where she also worked with the Ministry of Health in Nicaragua. She has been an author on eleven publications (371+ citations), where she used NGS technologies in novel ways to address fundamental questions in pathogen-host interactions.


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