Our Team

Meet the creative team that’s focused on bringing energy and passion to SynBioBeta everyday in order to keep the company growing and moving forward.

John Cumbers


John Cumbers is the founder of SynBioBeta, an activity hub for synthetic biology startup companies, industry and investors. He received his PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry from Brown University.

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Kate Wildauer

Chief Executive Officer

Kate has over 20 years experience including positions in management consulting, project management, clinical data coordination, oncology research, and training. Kate founded and ran a successful small business for 10 years, served as adjunct faculty at Villanova University and has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations in strategic planning and growth.

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Jeff Wagenmann

Director of Events & Facilities

Jeff Wagenmann comes to SynBioBeta with over 15 years experience in facilities operations, meetings and events. From working with large companies like Enterprise Holdings, Marriott, HIlton and Sodexo and others , Jeff keeps projects on track and on budget, while providing a great conference experience.

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Christopher Oakes

Business Development Manager

Formerly the business development executive for LabCorp’s west division, business development manager at Liquid Robotics and a co-founder of therapeutics startup Tacavax, Chris brings over a decade of experience in helping science startups and Fortune 50 companies develop and run sales and customer support programs.

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