Bioscience Careers

April 18, 2017

“Overlap in academia and the startup world: how a scientist can become a CEO”

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
5:00pm-6:00pm in Health Sciences Building, Room T-739

Alex Jiao, PhD

CEO & Co-founder
Silene Biotech, Seattle, WA

Silene Biotech is building a personalized medicine platform for consumers using their own cells. Alex is the cofounder and CEO of Silene Biotech and has been responsible for the incorporation, establishment, and operation of the company through fundraising, building out a lab, setting up a regulatory compliance program, hiring the right team and signing strategic partnerships. Previously, he was a graduate student with Deok-Ho Kim at the University of Washington’s Bioengineering PhD program, where he developed a platform to engineer 3D tissues with controllable structures and applied this towards engineering cardiac and skeletal muscle tissues and organoids. Alex has experience starting companies both through the university’s commercialization infrastructure (CoMotion) as well as independently, and believes a background in science is a valuable asset for starting a company in either path.