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Cell biologist turned fruit-fly fuelled biotech entrepreneur (you are able to do it too!)

I’m a skilled PhD cell biologist (College of Alberta 2019), the place I spent days and days locked in a darkish closet taking confocal microscopy images of fluorescently labelled organelles (my complete thesis was mainly quantifying inexperienced and purple dots). 

Someway, after a quick stint as a postdoc, I stumbled into entrepreneurship. I began a biotech firm, known as Future Fields. We make the most of genetically engineered Drosophila (sure, fruit flies) to mass manufacture development components and different recombinant proteins for supporting the expansion of stem cells. We’ve grown to 35 folks in simply over 3 years, commercialized our first few merchandise, and have our personal 20,000 sf facility within the coronary heart of Edmonton, Canada. 

Beginning the lab in my basement in 2019. Again then it was simply me within the lab.

Shortly after beginning the corporate, I put the pipette down and hopped into the new seat as CEO and what a wild journey it’s been. Whereas I actually miss being within the lab, I’m having a complete lot extra enjoyable studying find out how to function a excessive development enterprise. Plus, I nonetheless get to speak science now and again. And if I’m actually getting sick of investor conferences, I can nonetheless go for a stroll by means of the lab and encompass myself with actually cool science. 

In any case. I needed to share this as a result of I wasn’t uncovered to many different profession paths in my educational journey and I want I had been. Beginning a biotech firm has been insanely rewarding and enjoyable and if I can encourage simply 1 extra scientist to take the leap into entrepreneurship, that’d make me joyful. 

The Future Fields workforce at this time!

In the event you wanna chat about something biotech or entrepreneurship – hit me up! My e mail is matt@futurefields.io 

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