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Synthetic Biology Investing in an Age of Open Platforms

Today John Cumbers talks to Ursheet Parikh, partner at Mayfield and leader of their biotechnology and health care portfolios. The conversation is about what it takes to scale synthetic biology companies, some of the challenges they face, and how platform technologies in synthetic biology can help float all boats.

Ursheet is a proven repeat entrepreneur and executive who brings 15 years of product and leadership experience to the investment team at Mayfield. He focuses on innovation that is redefining the application and infrastructure stacks in cloud, mobile, enterprise technologies, genomics and digital health.

Ursheet’s current investments include Cloud Genix, Mission Bio, Mammoth Biosciences, Netsil, Qventus, Rancher Labs, Shiftleft, Versa Networks, and Zipongo.

Prior to joining Mayfield, he was an extremely successful leading manager at Microsoft and Cisco.

Thanks to Mayfield for making this episode possible.

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The SynBioBeta Podcast: Conversations with synthetic biology’s leading thinkers on building a better world with biology. The podcast is hosted by John Cumbers, founder and CEO of SynBioBeta, where tech meets bio and bio meets tech.

Learn how synthetic biology will disrupt these industries:

  • Consumer goods
  • Chemicals & materials
  • Biopharma & health
  • Food & beverage
  • Planes, trains & automobiles
  • Space habitation
  • Defense
  • Information technology

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Bryce manages media production at SynBioBeta. His goal is to assist SynBioBeta’s push into editorial video, podcasts, and beyond. He’s excited to combine his passion for telling stories through videos with an analytical perspective as he continues a data science degree at UC Davis this fall.

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