Introducing Machine Bio
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, & Head of Scientific Development
David Marash graduated from Claremont Mckenna College with dual degrees in Biology and Government. He then spent three years in various industry positions including roles at Stanford School of Medicine, NASA, and Oncomed Pharmaceuticals. After this, David returned to Claremont to obtain a Masters of Science in Biopharmaceutical Processing at Keck Graduate Institute. During this time he worked on projects with industry leading pharmaceutical companies including the most clinically advanced cell-free therapeutics company, Sutro Biopharma, where he delivered a disruptive process improvement that was adopted by Sutro for further development. David leverages his passion for radical innovation and collaboration to inspire buy-in to Machine Bio's vision from inside and outside the company and leads the development of the company's core technology.
Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer & Head of Business Development
Alexander Hilbert has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Arizona State University and a Masters of Business and Science in Biotech Management from Keck Graduate Institute. He has worked on multiple strategic product planning and market research projects for various major pharma and biotech companies in areas including therapeutics, diagnostics, and research tools. Drawing from his hybrid science-business background, he takes the technical, science-based work and translates it into specific business objectives and outcomes. Alex brings experience in market research, new product planning, and financial modeling to the team.
Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer
Naman Shah has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and Business Data Analytics from Arizona State University and an MBA in Project Management from Louisiana State University. His experience is in consulting project management where he has successfully managed multimillion-dollar budgets, large teams of over twenty members, and increased revenue growth by several million dollars over two years in his previous role. In addition to his managerial experience he has a background in non-profit fundraising. Naman oversees the company’s strategies and translates them into actionable, achievable milestones to lead Machine Bio to operational excellence.
Co-Founder, Head of Sales and Corporate Development
Jack has built his career in law and biotech working in both Corporate and Intellectual Property at several pharmaceutical companies including Kite Pharma (acquired), Gilead Sciences, and San Diego-based Innovus Pharma (acquired) . He was formerly the principal consultant to UCLA’s Business of Science Center where he helped turn academic research into drug companies alongside his late mentor and Kite Pharma Co-founder, Roy Doumani. Jack then led Corporate Development as employee #3 at Cambrian Biopharma, a biotech holding company focused on longevity. During Jack's tenure at Cambrian, the company raised over $65m, and Jack led the company's U.K. investment efforts, overseeing $15m+ USD of investment in biotech companies. Jack holds a B.A. from Claremont Mckenna College and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law with a specialization in Mergers & Acquisitions, where he served as a Senior Editor on UCLA’s law review.
Phillip Tam graduated from the University of California at Irvine (UCI) with degrees in Chemistry and Biology. Following the completion of his B.S. he went on to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCI. He has worked in a variety of R&D roles for Biotech companies in areas that span therapeutics and diagnostics. He is always up to the challenge of learning new processes and has found approaches to challenge the status quo and lead teams to improve both throughput and project success. He brings experience from several early-stage startups and has an innovative and collaborative approach to move ideas from conception to reality.
Aster Escalante received his B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Riverside, and his Master of Business and Science degree from Keck Graduate Institute (KGI). He has worked on and advised on technical research projects from start-up biotech operations to large-scale biopharmaceutical corporations. He has also trained generations of graduate students, as a research associate and later on as a laboratory instructor for mammalian and microbial cell culture at Keck Graduate Institute. Aster brings several years of laboratory experience to the team, and will be helping to develop the scientific infrastructure for our continued growth.
Felicia Surjono Brown
An LA native, Dr. Felicia Surjono Brown received her B.S in Biology from Azusa Pacific University. She then went on to complete her NIH Post-Baccalaureate training at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore. In June 2022, she successfully defended her dissertation in the field of cancer immunology and graduated with her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Felicia has experience in leading multiple research projects and in doing so, have acquired a wide range of technical skills over the years. Currently, she has joined the Machine Bio team and is very excited to be working on an innovative protein expression system.
Dr. Susan Daniel is the Department Chair at the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. She leads a research group of biomolecular engineers working to understand cell membrane functions and the biological processes that happen within them. Her group pioneered the use of “cell-free” biomembrane platforms for re-creating cellular processes on chip. Her group’s recent work leverages biomembrane chips for synthetic cellular biomanufacturing in “organelles-on-a-chip” to produce therapeutic biomolecules. She is one of the few experts in both cell free systems and supported lipid bilayers. Susan and her group’s research has garnered a number of scientific recognitions. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2011, the Schwartz Life Sciences award in 2016, and in 2017, Susan was honored with the College of Engineering’s Research Excellence Award.
Linda Randall is a Professor Emerita of Biochemistry and Wurdack Chair Emerita of Biological Chemistry at the University of Missouri. Her research has shown unexpected and complex details of the movement of newly made proteins from the cytosol across membranes into the organelles of the cell. In particular, she found that the entire protein was kept unfolded by association with a chaperone and not just directed to cross membranes by its terminal leader sequence. In 1997, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences of the USA because of the excellence of this work. She has received a number of other honors and awards.
Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing & Process Development Expert
For over 20 years, Dr. Croughan has worked as an independent consultant providing expert guidance on biopharmaceutical, cell therapy, and biofuels process development and manufacturing to more than 80 firms. He and his consulting colleagues often oversee all development issues for many smaller firms bringing new therapies from research to market. From June 2013 to August 2014, he was Chief Technology Officer at Sapphire Energy, Inc., where he lead the R & D effort, with a staff of up to 90 scientists and engineers, to invent, develop, and commercialize methods to economically produce renewable crude oil and animal feed from algae. From January 2006 to August 2013, Dr. Croughan served as the George B. and Joy Rathmann Professor and Director of the Amgen Bioprocessing Center at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA. He founded the KGI bioprocessing program and served as an advisor to over a hundred Master and Doctoral graduates, many of whom were hired by his consulting clients. Prior to 1998, Dr. Croughan worked at Genentech for 10 years, in process development and manufacturing sciences, where he developed the first licensed, high density, fed batch animal cell culture process, a core technology now used for dozens of commercial products with around $100 billion in total annual sales. Dr. Croughan has two chemical engineering degrees, a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and B.S. from University of California, Berkeley.
Biotech Commercialization Advisor
Dr. Oren Beske serves as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development (a.k.a. Amalgamator of Business and Biology) at ATUM, where he joined the team in 2019 with nearly 20 years of industry experience. Notably, Dr. Beske was President of Aragen Biosciences, Inc. where he led a multidisciplinary team to bring value added services to the biologics industry. Most recently, he served as the CEO of Alloy Therapeutics, Inc. a start up antibody discovery platform company. Dr. Beske received a BS in Physiology and Biochemistry from CSULB and his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from UC San Francisco.
Skip Sanzeri is a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur. He is a founder and partner at Multiverse Capital and also recently founded two quantum computing companies, QuSecure and Quantum Thought. Skip has had five successful exits, including one IPO. Skip also co-authored The Quantum Design Sprint, a book which outlines methodologies to develop quantum computing applications. Earlier in his career, he helped grow the IAC division of Ziff-Davis publishing to $250 million, after which he helped sell IAC to Thomson Publishing. Skip continued his entrepreneurial career with Sequoia Capital-backed Quote.com, which was acquired by Lycos. He then founded and funded the first open-source strategy firm – Open Source Group, which sold to Olliance, Inc, and invented Alersense the world's first air quality sensor for people with allergies and asthma. Skip earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College and a Master’s in Public Administration from the College of Notre Dame.