September 2017 Newsletter

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Magnets offer hope for people with sleep apnea

Magnap was featured at abc7news. Full Article

A first-of-its-kind neck implant is designed to keep airways open to fight sleep apnea. (KGO-TV)



Darmiyan’s fully automated proprietary software platform inputs human brain MRI and produces maps that detect Alzheimer’s disease up to fifteen years before symptoms. It is impossible to find a cure for Alzheimer’s without early detection, and that’s why drug candidates fail one after another. Their mission is to create a fast, non-invasive, inexpensive, precise and globally accessible tool for brain health screening and monitoring. This will help millions of people worldwide who suffer from brain diseases to be diagnosed early and get treated.

Eidos Therapeutics

Eidos Therapeutics is developing a novel treatment for transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis (ATTR), a progressive, fatal disease affecting multiple organs including the heart and peripheral nerves. Current treatment options focus on managing the symptoms of the conditions, but do not address the underlying cause of the disease: TTR tetramers destabilized by mutations or age. Eidos’ lead compound, AG10, is a small molecule that binds and stabilizes TTR in the blood, preventing the formation of amyloid and potentially halting progression of the disease. Launched in 2016 after years of research supported by Stanford’s TRAM and SPARK programs, Eidos is led by a team of veteran biotechnology executives. Together with patients and physicians, the company aims to provide a safe, effective treatment for ATTR as quickly as possible.

Scaled Biolabs

Scaled Biolabs accelerates discovery and translation of cell therapies, to improve quality of life through regenerative medicine. Their core technology uses a miniaturized cell culture lab which runs nearly 10,000 experiments in parallel, and an advanced bioinformatics platform that turns single-cell resolution data into deep biological insight. They use this optimization engine to relieve the R&D bottlenecks of companies bringing on complex, advanced medicines such as cell therapies.


Congratulations to SiteOne Therapeutics and Trace Genomics!

Please join us as we toast the growth and success of SiteOne Therapeutics and Trace Genomics and wish them well as they move to their own lab spaces.

Celebrations will be on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 3:30 PM.



Lunch Seminar: September 21, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Scalable Microbiome Diagnostics for Agriculture
Diane Wu, PhD and Poornima Parameswaran, PhD
Co-Founders, Trace Genomics


The Trace Genomics microbiome sequencing platform enables screening of disease-causing microbes and interpretation of millions of beneficial organisms in the soil. Their machine learning platform enables simple integration of soil microbiome information into with field management information to help farmers identify optimal management conditions that increase soil health and sustainability as well as crop yields. Their innovative technology has received notable media coverage in Forbes, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, AgFunder, and Fast Company, and was most recently listed by Forbes as one of the 25 most innovative Ag Tech startups.

Diane Wu, PhD completed a BSc in Computer Science and Molecular Biology at SFU (Vancouver, Canada) and a PhD in Genetics at Stanford University. She was awarded a Stanford Graduate Fellowship and published her thesis on the cover of Nature Structural Molecular Biology, advised by Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Fire. Diane then joined the machine learning team at Palantir Technologies as one of their first data scientists, where she built predictive models for healthcare, merchandising, law enforcement, and fraud detection.

Poornima Parameswaran, PhD completed her BS in Molecular Biology at UT Austin, a PhD in Microbiology & Immunology at Stanford University with Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Fire, and her postdoctoral fellowship with MacArthur Fellow Dr. Eva Harris at UC Berkeley’s school of Public Health, where she also worked with the Ministry of Health in Nicaragua. She has been an author on eleven publications (371+ citations), where she used NGS technologies in novel ways to address fundamental questions in pathogen-host interactions.

Workshop: September 28, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, lunch to follow
Can Design-Thinking Make You a Better Scientist & Entrepreneur?
Robert Urstein, PhD
Co-Founder, Alta Learning, Entangled Labs


What is HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN and how can it help you build more awesome products and businesses? Why is EXPERIMENTATION AND PROTOTYPING about more than scientific or market validation? How can they become integral parts of your innovation process and help you forge ahead when you feel stuck? When can DOING AND MAKING be more powerful than thinking and meeting?

Join us for this interactive workshop to answer these questions and more. You will leave knowing how to:

  • Use tools developed from human-centered design theory to strengthen the work you do in science and business as you create awesome products and companies
  • Work collaboratively to build teams that accomplish amazing things together
  • Communicate more effectively with colleagues and investors for maximum impact
  • Identify new approaches to solving hard problems when you get stuck
Rob Urstein, PhD teaches courses on innovation and entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is the co-founder of Alta Learning at Entangled Labs. Rob has spent many years teaching Stanford MBA students as well as leaders and innovators across many sections who attend Stanford for short term learning experiences. In addition to senior leadership roles at Stanford, including Assistant Dean of the Business School and Associate Vice Provost, Rob has also designed and delivered Stanford programs for scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs around the globe in countries including India, China, Malaysia, Mexico, and Botswana. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs gain the knowledge, skills and mindsets they need to innovate and increase their impact.


Upcoming Event

  • Office Hours with WSGR Patent and Corporate Law

    To apply for Office Hours contact: Carol Ochoa Sponsored by:
    Ali Alemozafar Dr. Ali R. Alemozafar is a senior associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he focuses on patent prosecution, strategic patent counseling, and IP due diligence in a wide range of technical fields, including diagnostics, therapeutics, genomics, and materials. Ali received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Stanford University, where he investigated the reactivity and atomic-scale changes accompanying reactions on various catalysts. During his postdoctoral research fellowship at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, he investigated the dynamics of TiOx nanoparticles and the use of gold as an oxidation catalyst. Prior to attending law school, Ali worked on data warehousing, business intelligence, and enterprise data integration. Ali frequently lectures at the UC Berkeley School of Law and UC Hastings College of the Law on various intellectual property topics, including patent strategy and IP due diligence. Michael Hostetler Dr. Mike Hostetler is a partner in the SOMA and San Diego offices of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he provides strategic intellectual property counseling to more than 100 growth enterprises in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology, and information technology industries. He works with both venture-backed and public companies. His expertise includes patent strategy, patent prosecution, and patent diligence (both buy and sell side) for venture financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. He has provided patent counseling in support of pharmaceutical and biotechnology, and information technology products in all stages of development, from proof of concept to regulatory approval to product launch. He leads a talented team of patent associates and patent agents that can meet virtually any technical and strategic need. Mike currently serves as a member of the firm's Policy and Nominating Committees. Elton Satusky Elton Satusky is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He specializes in public and private corporate finance and corporate law and governance. Elton also has considerable expertise in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and venture capital.


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