Cytera CellWorks

Founders

Ali Afshar

Ali Afshar

CEO & Co-Founder

First designed lab robots during PhD, and previously started a hardware company. Sits at intersection of science, engineering, and business. YCombinator alumnus, and Forbes 30 Under 30.

Ignacio Willats

Ignacio Willats

COO & Co-Founder

Enterprise sales and product experience at multiple startups. Fosters a deep focus on the customer within the team, and leads sales. YCombinator alumnus, and Forbes 30 Under 30.

Engineering

Justin Chan

Justin Chan

Early R&D

Multidisciplinary hardware engineer, experienced in new product development. Former "New Categories" R&D engineer at Dyson, and robotic kitchens at Deliveroo.

James Cunningham

James Cunningham

Head of Hardware Delivery

Hardware engineer with extensive early development and manufacture experience. Has overseen products from early prototypes, all the way through to manufacture in China

Henry Miskin

Henry Miskin

Head of Software Delivery

Full-stack software engineer, spanning from firmware all the way to cloud. 5 years experience as early engineer at multiple startups. Also qualified as a mechanical engineer

Ben Greenberg

Ben Greenberg

Design Engineer

Multidisciplinary designer as well as engineer, spanning from hardware to software. Experience at Dyson

Biology

Xian Weng

Dr. Xian Weng

Head of Biology

Highly-innovative scientist skilled in combining biology and chemistry with engineering to solve hard challenges. Former Principal Scientist developing on-chip blood diagnostics at Orphidia, and GMP experience at Lonza.

Jordina Casanova Vilar

Jordina Casanova Vilar

Research Associate

5 years experience perfoming experiments with multiple mammalian cell types. Experience conducting R&D that crosses engineering and biology

Sina Atashpaz

Dr. Sina Atashpaz

Stem Cell Lead

Over 10 years experience managing stem cell projects and leading teams. Holds patents on stem cell protocols, and has papers published in Nature Genetics and eLife.

Sales

Elizabeth Thomas

Elizabeth Thomas

Business Development

Multiple years experience building partnerships with pharma and biotech. Combines a background in biology with a passion for solving our customers' challenges

Advisors

Pierre-Edouard Harant

Pierre-Edouard Harant

Former MD, RPD International

As MD of RPD International, developed and took hardware products through manufacture for the likes of GSK, Google and Unilever. Extensive experience and network in hardware manufacture

Jared Friedman

Jared Friedman

Partner, Y Combinator

Founding CTO of Scribd, now a $100m/yr business. At Y Combinator, has coached hundreds of highly-succcesful startups, including many in biotech. An expert on all aspects of running and scaling a company

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