Thank you for joining us for the Founder-Led Biotech Summit, where we spotlighted and supported founder-led biotech companies. Below are the recorded sessions from the events.

Welcome + Keynote Address

Tony Kulesa, co-founder of Petri, kicks off the summit with a welcome address and is joined by Reshma Shetty, co-founder of Ginkgo Bioworks, to share her story from starting the company to taking it public through a SPAC in 2021.

Tony Kulesa
Reshma Shetty
Ginkgo Bioworks

Fireside chat:
Bernat Olle

Bernat Olle is Chief Executive Officer at Vedanta Biosciences. Vedanta is pioneering rational design of drugs made of defined consortia of bacteria that are essential dwellers of the gut ecosystem.

Bernat Olle
Co-founder & CEO,
Vedanta Biosciences

Fireside chat:
Jen Nwankwo

Jen Nwankwo is the Founder and CEO at 1910 Genetics. 1910 Genetics  is integrating AI computation and biological automation to accelerate the design of small molecule and protein therapeutics. 

Jen Nwankwo
Founder & CEO,
1910 Genetics

Scientific Communication for founders

Liz Neeley, Founder and Principal of Liminal Creations, shares how to create a science story that motivates your team and captivates funders to your startup.

Liz Neeley
Founder and Principal,
Liminal Creations

getting your first term sheet

Jamie Goldstein, Founding Partner at Pillar VC, shares strategies for founders to build relationships with investors and secure capital to launch their startup.

Jamie Goldstein
Founding Partner,
Pillar VC

Fireside chat:
Celine Halioua

Celine Halioua is Founder and CEO of Loyal. Loyal is a biotech startup developing drugs to extend dog lifespan. She also writes about building in biotech on her website.

Celine Halioua
Founder and CEO,

Tactics for building in Biotech

Interested in building in biotech? Tony Kulesa, co-founder of Petri, gives a talk designed to help first-time founders understand how to go from idea to action.

Tony Kulesa

Fireside chat:
Alice zhang

Alice Zhang is the CEO and co-founder of Verge Genomics. Verge is using human genomics to develop transformational genetic medicines.

Alice Zhang
Co-founder and CEO,
Verge Genomics

The impact of machine learning on therapeutics

Panel discussion on how machine learning enables new inference and design in biology and developing new therapeutics with the founders of Nabla Bio, New Equilibrium Biosciences and Manifold Bio.

Surge Biswas
Co-founder & CEO
Nabla Bio
Virginia Burger
Co-founder & CEO
New Equilibrium Biosciences
Gleb Kuznetsov
Co-founder & CEO
Manifold Bio

Pitch competition awards

Announcing the winners of the $200K Pitch Competition at Founder-Led Bio. Check out the winners and their ideas:
  • Alexi Choueiri
  • FORAY Biosciences (Ashley Beckwith and Claudia Pienica)
  • Huminly (Nikita Khlystov)
  • Drūl (Brent Ifemembi and Nelson Ndahiro)
  • Chelsea Goddard

Fireside chat:
sean mcclain

Sean McClain is the Founder and CEO of Absci a drug and target discovery company harnessing deep learning and synthetic biology to expand the therapeutic potential of proteins.

Sean McClain
Founder & CEO,

The future of cell and gene therapies

Panel discussion exploring the expanding reach of gene and cell therapy technology with the founders of Cellino and Strand Therapeutics.

Nabiha Saklayen
Co-founder & CEO,
Jake Becraft
Co-founder & CEO,
Strand Therapeutics

Synthetic Biology and Sustainability

Panel discussion on the intersection of synthetic biology and sustainability with the founders of Compound Foods, Galy and Modern Synthesis who are creating lab-grown coffee, cotton and leather.

Maricel Saenz
Founder and CEO,
Compound Foods
Luciano Bueno
Founder and CEO,
Ben Reeve
Co-founder and CTO,
Modern Synthesis
Josh Moser
Venture Partner,

Fireside chat:
Mark Smith

Mark Smith is the CEO and co-founder of Finch Therapeutics. Finch is a clinical-stage microbiome therapeutics company.

Mark Smith
Co-founder and CEO,
Finch Therapeutics

next generation 'omics

Panel discussion on new ways of measuring nucleic acids, proteins, sugars, lipids, and other biomolecules, across space and time with the founders of Ochre Bio, Biobot Analytics and Matterworks.

Jack O'Meara
Co-founder & CEO,
Ochre Bio
Mariana Matus
Co-founder & CEO
Biobot Analytics
Mimoun Cadosch Delmar
Founder & CEO

Living on the edge: Emerging opportunities in extreme biology

Panel discussion on emerging opportunities in extreme biology. Hosted by Fauna Bio, Arcadia Science and Peel Therapeutics.

Ashley Zehnder
Co-founder & CEO
Fauna Bio
Seemay Chou
Co-founder & CEO
Arcadia Science
Joshua Schiffman
Co-founder & CEO
PEEL Therapeutics

IP Law for startups

Workshop covering the basics of IP law for biotech startups. Hosted by Goodwin.

Erini Svokos
Partner, Technology and Life Sciences

panel: Accelerating biotech product development

Learn from leaders developing transformative technologies for cell transfection, lab-grown cotton and DNA data storage. Hosted by Cambridge Consultants.

Mike Dunkley
SVP of Bioinnovation,
Cambridge Consultants
Bethany Grant 
Head of R&D,
Tracy Kambara
Head of Molecular Biology
Luciano Bueno
Founder and CEO

The 4 truths of hiring

Advice for biotech founders on hiring and compliance. Hosted by TriNet.

David Edelson
Director, International Services
Kate Kozak
National Industry Director, Life Science

building ip as an asset

Learn how to create an advantage in biotech with intellectual property. Hosted by Greenberg Traurig.

David Harburger
Life Sciences Patent Attorney & Shareholder,
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Virtual lab tour:
Nest Bio Labs

Attend a virtual lab tour with Nest Bio Labs.

Joy Srinivas-Vargas
Lab Operations Manager, 
Nest Bio Labs

Virtual lab tour:
Greentown labs

Attend a virtual lab tour with Greentown Labs.

Sam Crum
Membership Growth Manager,
Greentown Labs

Virtual lab tour:
lab central

Attend a virtual lab tour with Lab Central.

Johannes Fruehauf
Co-founder and President,
Lab Central

Virtual lab tour:
Alexandria Launchlabs

Attend a virtual lab tour with Alexandria LaunchLabs.

Jill Kirchdorfer
Director of Lab Operations,
Alexandria LaunchLabs
Gabrielle Wood
Senior Operations Coordinator,
Alexandria LaunchLabs