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The BBV Founder Spotlight is a series of posts highlighting founders from our portfolio companies and the incredible work they are pursuing to solve challenges in critical industries such as health and climate through technology innovation.

Thank you Pavle for taking the time.

Contributor Irfan Vissandjee

Tell us about your company. What defines your innovation?

The innovation has 3 pillars: first total automation of the experimentation of biology, second using the learning model with more sophisticated algorithm to actually understand how biology works and more importantly, to support the first two pillars, we are doing hardware & process innovation, custom-built machine of unprecedented size at a lower cost to…


A glimpse into the future

“In the face of climate change, a catastrophic pandemic, and other daunting challenges, the world urgently needs science-based solutions to tackle society’s greatest problems. Berkeley is poised to cultivate emerging scholars and entrepreneurs who are ready for the job” — Carol T. Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley, May 2021

As UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ points out, we are entering a new era: the most existential challenges we face over the next few decades require science-based innovation. The pandemic has brought it to the forefront. This is the essence of deep tech.

It’s a new kind of science. What we now…


Post-pandemic

  • Biotech Boom: The pandemic has clearly elucidated the power of biology (in its good and bad), and we believe this event catalyzed the tailwinds that have been leading a Biotech boom. 2020 was a record-breaking year for biotech venture ($28B invested across 1071 deals, +60.5% YoY) and IPO’s (>$22B raised in public markets across >73 co’s). While we don’t know if this pace will continue, we believe this creates a virtuous investment cycle, pushing further investment and momentum in this sector. As such, we expect Applied Biology to continue being a strong thematic area in our portfolio.
  • Logistics and Manufacturing


The BBV Founder Spotlight is a series of posts highlighting founders from our portfolio companies and the incredible work they are pursuing to solve challenges in critical industries such as health and climate through technology innovation.

Thank you David Lu for taking the time.

Contributor Irfan Vissandjee

Tell us about your company. What defines your innovation?

For us, our company is founded on the simple mission: empowering the world to reduce air pollution. We have been driven by that mission, which is the source of our product direction and innovation per se. …


The BBV Founder Spotlight is a series of posts highlighting founders from our portfolio companies and the incredible work they are pursuing to solve challenges in critical industries such as health and climate through technology innovation.

Thank you Hyo Min Park for taking the time.

Contributor Irfan Vissandjee

Tell us about your company. What defines your innovation?

GenEdit is a rapidly-growing, early-stage company that is leading the development of a proprietary and novel delivery platform with the potential to transform genetic medicine. …


The BBV Founder Spotlight is a series of posts highlighting founders from our portfolio companies and the incredible work they are pursuing to solve challenges in critical industries such as health and climate through technology innovation.

Thank you Jalel for taking the time.

Contributor Irfan Vissandjee

Tell us about your company. What defines your innovation?

New Sun Road was set up to make renewable energy microgrids ubiquitous, and able to meet the needs of poor communities. We work on that now via our platform technologies that are fun (think spaceship controls) but powerful (machine learning suites) and meaningful (addressing climate change and inequality).


The BBV Founder Spotlight is a series of posts highlighting founders from our portfolio companies and the incredible work they are pursuing to solve challenges in critical industries such as health and climate through technology innovation.

Thank you Tara for taking the time.

Contributor Irfan Vissandjee

Tell us about your company. What defines your innovation?

BioAmp Diagnostics is a mission-driven diagnostics company, working to be a part of the changing landscape of health care by providing simple and scalable diagnostic solutions that can direct care in real-time — in hospitals, at clinics, or in a patient’s home. BioAmp is first working to develop rapid diagnostic tests to counteract antibiotic…


The BBV Founder Spotlight is a series of posts highlighting founders from our portfolio companies and the incredible work they are pursuing to solve challenges in critical industries such as health and climate through technology innovation.

Thank you Jonathan for taking the time.

Contributor Irfan Vissandjee

Tell us about your company. What defines your innovation?

Coreshell is working to enable the widespread transition to electric transportation and zero-emission energy by solving the fundamental degradation problem in rechargeable batteries. We’re doing so with our unique nanolayer coating innovation that enables higher energy, improved safety and ultimately up to a 50+% reduction in cost/kWh in current and next-generation battery technology.

Where did your company’s name come from?

We…


The BBV Founder Spotlight is a series of posts highlighting founders from our portfolio companies and the incredible work they are pursuing to solve challenges in critical industries such as health and climate through technology innovation.

Thank you Cameron for taking the time.

Contributor Irfan Vissandjee

Tell us about your company. What defines your innovation?

Unnatural Products (UNP) is working to abolish the term “undruggable” by combining machine learning and parallel chemistry techniques. The undruggable space is essentially a cell permeability problem: we can engineer large molecules to bind any challenging target (ie antibodies) but large molecules aren’t cell-permeable and thus can’t access the vast majority of potential drug…


AI is still everywhere

  • AI and Machine Learning are still at the forefront of technology innovation in startups. However, the shift of focus has moved away from algorithmic or technical optimizations and towards their applications and measurable benefits. In other words, it’s less critical that companies are using or developing the next Deep Neural Network, but more importantly, that they are using the right algorithm to solve their specific industry problem.
  • Just utilizing AI in your workflow or product is no longer a differentiator. Its value is ultimately measured by proof of its impact on the end-user (i.e., savings, speed, outputs). When we evaluate…

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