Our Team



Douglas Crawford

Douglas Crawford, Ph.D.

General Manager, MBC Biolabs
Managing Director, Mission Bay Capital

Douglas Crawford’s goal is to help entrepreneurial scientists create successful startups. To this end, Doug and his colleagues have systematically lowered the barriers between great ideas and successful companies. For instance, Doug created and manages MBC BioLabs. This state-of-the-art co-working laboratory program in San Francisco allows entrepreneurs to rapidly generate data without getting bogged down in facility management. Rather than spending months getting a facility up and running, MBC BioLabs startups can generate important data in their first week.

In the first 4 years, this program has helped launch 104 companies that have raised over 1.76B. This incubator program reflects Doug’s passion for startups and his eagerness to help entrepreneurs overcome challenges.

Doug is also the Managing Director of Mission Bay Capital and has overseen the investment in 40 companies, 6 of which have already enjoyed successful exits (Calithera, iPierian, Redwood Biosciences, True North, Zephyrus, and Cell Design Labs). He is a board member of Avexegen, Circle Pharma, Epiodyne, Graphwear, Invenio, Magnamosis, Magnap, SiteOne (observer), and Tangible Sciences.

Doug received his PhD in biochemistry from UCSF.

Robert Blazej

Robert Blazej, Ph.D.

Director, MBC Biolabs
Partner, Mission Bay Capital

Robert is a passionate biotechnologist with a diverse skillset spanning business, life science, engineering and intellectual property. Robert Blazej brings 10 years of operational experience both as a successful entrepreneur and as a leader within an international corporation.

For the previous four years, Robert directed Novozymes’ Digital Biotechnology unit in San Francisco and their global biotechnology scouting team. Previously, Robert was CEO of Allopartis Biotechnologies, a company he co-founded with the vision that mircrodoplets would transform the scale and pace of life science research. Allopartis was acquired by Novozymes in 2013.

Robert earned his Ph.D. in 2006 in Bioengineering jointly from UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. His graduate research focused on the design, implementation and characterization of microfluidic systems for next-generation DNA sequencing. Blazej is a published contributor to the human, drosophila, and canine genome projects, with his work on integrated microfluidic DNA sequencing featured on the cover of PNAS and in Nature.

Linda Eng

Linda Eng

Business Manager, MBC Biolabs
Office Manager, Mission Bay Capital

Linda Eng is Business Manager for MBC Biolabs, managing space and lease interactions, application processes, and facilities. Linda is also the Office Manger for Mission Bay Capital, helping the venture team track investment deals, organize meetings, and provide administrative support.

She served as assistant to Douglas Crawford at QB3 years ago, where she helped Mission Bay Capital in its formation and launch. Thereafter, Linda was offered a role within UCSF’s Department of hematology and oncology as Program Manager of the Translational Research Program under the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, an NCI cooperative group. She managed the requests, approval process, and regulatory requirements for translational studies of biospecimens from all tumor types from the Alliance’s federated biorepositories. While there, her role grew into Program Manager of the Prostate Cancer Research Program for UCSF’s Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Linda provided project management for a $10M Stand Up To Cancer Prostate Dream Team, a six-institution clinical trial effort to target treatment-resistant metastatic prostate cancer.

Linda enjoys reading, science fiction movies, British TV, time with family, and traveling.

Our Team: Anna Wong, Linda Eng, Michael Munchua, Douglas Crawford, Antonio Solano, Fred Dizon, and Emma Matillano

Upcoming Event

  • San Carlos Open House

    Please join us for an afternoon of celebration and posters from our community of companies at our new incubator.


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