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Founding Stories: SynthBiome

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Marvin Whiteley, PhD

"GI has brought everything to the table."
After decades working in microbiology and advising biopharmaceutical companies on how to better screen pipeline therapeutics for human use, Marvin realized a big problem existed with inadequate mouse and test tube models. “Simply put, mice are not humans and test tubes are not humans,” Marvin states.  “What is needed is a “bacterial gatorade” to mimic human physiology in test tubes.”  After spending a decade getting microbe data in humans, Marvin used this benchmark data to develop a microbe test tube model for use in biopharmaceutical R&D.

Paco Cifuentes, PhD

General Inception
"We are all so motivated by the impact Marvin's technology can have."
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