Dr. Biao He

Dr. Biao He is a Cardea Board Member representing Tsingyuan Ventures and Lifespan Investments. He has a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of Virginia, and has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Tsinghua University. Dr. He has held previous roles as Co-founder & CTO of ACCB Biotech and Oncology Professor at UCSF. With a devotion to interdisciplinary research in translational medicine, cancer diagnosis and therapeutics, his studies have resulted in over 100 publications in academic journals, such as The Lancet, PNAS, Cancer Cell, and Clinical Cancer Research.

Dr. Kurt Petersen

Founder and CTO of numerous MEMS (Micro-ElectroMechanical System) companies, including NovaSensor, Verreon and molecular testing company Cepheid. Kurt was recently awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor for his contribution to the field of MEMS. Cardean Transistors are very similar to MEMS in many regards and Kurt’s experience with MEMS as it applies to biotechnology will elevate Cardea’s chip designs, scalability and capabilities.

Dr. Virginijus Siksnys

Virginijus was among the very first to discover and characterize the CRISPR-Cas9 complex and recognize its editing potential for “DNA surgery” in many life science applications. His pioneer work was recognized with several international awards including the Kavli Prize. Since CRISPR-Chip is an important chipset type for Cardea, his expertise regarding CRISPR is important in improving fast and precise (amplification-free) DNA and RNA detection.

Dr. Elia Stupka

A visionary Key Opinion Leader in bringing the most advanced forms of big data and analytics to healthcare. Dr. Stupka’s work has contributed to the understanding of the human genome, transcriptome, and the development of gene-therapeutics. His understanding of data and its role in enhancing the value of new technology will help steer Cardea’s data management capabilities and add value to every Innovation Partner application.

Dr. Phil Cotter

Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics as well as founder and Principal of ResearchDx. Dr. Cotter has been a leader in developing sequencing as a clinical diagnostics tool as the Director of Illumina Clinical Services Laboratory, and through ResearchDx, a leader in development of companion diagnostics based on DNA, RNA and protein biomarkers.

Dr. Lauge Farnaes, MD

As Head of Medical Affairs at IDbyDNA, and Medical Doctor & Researcher formally at Rady Children’s Genomic Institute with expertise in genetic disorders, infectious disease detection, and nucleic acid-based diagnostics, Dr. Farnaes has among other things helped pioneer the use of Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing to diagnose rare genetic disorders in children.

Dr. Sue Wessler

Distinguished Professor of Genetics and the Neil and Rochelle Campbell Chair for Innovation in Science Education at the University of California Riverside. In 2011 she was elected Home Secretary of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the first woman to hold this position in its 150-year history. She is a plant molecular geneticist known for her contributions to the field of transposon biology and plant genome evolution.

Ken Hood

Ken Hood is the Managing Partner of FusionX Ventures, a fund focused on helping companies build the next generation of cloud-enabled Smart Machines and instruments. Ken has been the Co-founder and CEO of multiple startups with successful exits.

Tim Hoerr

Tim Hoerr is the CEO & Managing Partner of Serra Ventures, that was the lead investor of Cardea’s A round. Before starting the VC fund Tim was the co-founder and CEO of iCyt Mission Technology, a bio-instrument company, which was sold to Sony in 2009.

Dr. Paul Grint

Chairman of the Innovation Council and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cardea.  Dr. Grint has served on the Boards of Illumina, AmpliPhi Biosciences, and as the CEO of several companies. Dr. Grint’s ability to see the early potential in technology served Illumina well when Next Generation Sequencing was in its infancy as it will Cardea with its Biology-gated Transistors.