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Sam Santhosh of MedGenome

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Sam Santhosh, Founder & Chairman of MedGenome Inc

MedGenome’s state-of-the-art NGS platforms generate high quality sequencing data from gene panels, exomes, whole genomes and transcriptomes. The nimble and powerful NGS-LIMS system provides an integrated tracking, analysis and data reporting environment ensuring accuracy, consistency and efficient turnaround time and makes the process highly cost effective. NGS data is analyzed using powerful proprietary data analysis software (VariMat) and variants are interpreted to establish clinical significance using a database of annotated variants curated from published literature (OncoMD). OncoMD is an interactive user interface that bridges the gap between clinical discovery and medical intervention by linking disease-specific variants to approved drugs and open clinical trials.

MedGenome raised $24M lead by Sequoia.

Sam Santhosh is the Founder & Chairman of MedGenome Inc. Sam is also the Promoter & CEO of SciGenom Inc. – a genomics R & D organization that conducts research work aimed at understanding the role of DNA sequence variation in all living things.

Sam was the CEO and Managing Director of California Software Limited (Calsoft) from 1992 –Feb 2012. He founded Calsoft in 1992 and under Sam’s vision Calsoft rapidly grew from a niche player in the Silicon Valley to a global player with over 1200 employees and presence in 8 countries. Sam took Calsoft Public and listed the company in the Indian Stock Exchanges. Sam oversaw the growth of Calsoft in all key areas – Finance, Strategy, Customer acquisition and inorganic growth through eight acquisitions including companies in U.S, UK, Japan and India.

Sam is passionate about science and technology and believes that harnessing the power of science is critical to innovation and wealth creation. Just as technology was the key driver of business in the 20th century, he believes that science will directly drive economic development as well as social and environmental well-being in the 21st century. It is this strong belief that has led him to make the move from Software Services where he spent the first 20 years of his career to a future that blends Science and Technology with Business.

Moderator: Kenzi Wang, Angel Investor, Founder & CEO of Traction (YC 2014 startup)

Kenzi is a serial entrepreneur and tech investor with deep experience in enterprise and marketplace. He’s the founder and CEO of Traction, an top tier VC (NEA) backed marketing platform with many Fortune 100 clients including Sony, Salesforce, Yahoo, HPE and many others. His investment interest is in the consumer, marketplace and AI space. He also advise many companies on product market fit, growth, and fundraising strategy and is an avid speaker on these topics internationally. Kenzi attended Columbia University and Wharton business school.

Peter Herbet Lux Capital Cofounder

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Peter co-founded Lux Capital with the idea that in order to have the biggest impact on the future, one should support the most scientifically and technologically ambitious ventures. In 2003, Peter led the spin-off of Lux Research. As its founding CEO, he helped build Lux Research into the leading emerging-technology research firm.

Bill Li Knightscope Founder & CEO

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Bill Li has served as our Chairman and CEO since April 2013. He is an American entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience gained from several global assignments in the automotive sector and through founding and leading a number of startups. During his career at Ford Motor Company from 1990 to 1999, Bill focused on four continents and held over 12 business and technical positions.

His positions at Ford ranged from component, systems, and vehicle engineering with the Visteon, Mazda, and Lincoln brands; to business and product strategy on the United States youth market, India, and the emerging markets in Asia-Pacific and South America; as well as the financial turnaround of Ford of Europe. In addition, he was on the “Amazon” team, which established an all-new modular plant in Brazil. Subsequently, he served as Director of Mergers & Acquisitions.

After internally securing $250 million, Bill founded and served as COO of GreenLeaf LLC, a Ford Motor Company subsidiary that became the world’s second largest automotive recycler. Under his leadership, GreenLeaf grew to more than 600 employees, 20 locations worldwide, and annual sales of approximately $150 million. At the age of 28, Bill was the youngest senior executive at Ford Motor Company worldwide.

After successfully establishing GreenLeaf, Bill was recruited by SOFTBANK Venture Capital to establish and serve as the President and CEO of the Model E Corporation; a newly established automobile manufacturer that focused on the “Subscribe and Drive” model in California. Bill also founded Carbon Motors Corporation* in 2003, and as its Chairman and CEO until February 2013, focused it on developing the world’s first purpose-built law enforcement patrol vehicle.

Bill earned a BSEE from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Louay Eldada, CEO and Co-founder, Quanergy

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Louay Eldada, CEO and Co-founder, Quanergy ($1.5B)
Moderator: Martin Stroka, Co-founder, F50

Quanergy, Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2016 in Automotive. one of the latest unicorns value at 1.59Billion during last year’s funding.
Louay Eldada is CEO and co-founder of Quanergy Systems, Inc. Dr. Eldada is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and sold three businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Quanergy is his fourth start-up. Dr. Eldada is a technical business leader with a proven track record at both small and large companies and with 70 patents, is a recognized expert in nanotechnology, photonic integrated circuits and advanced optoelectronics. Prior to Quanergy, he was CSO of SunEdison, after serving as CTO of HelioVolt, which was acquired by SK Energy. Dr. Eldada was earlier CTO of DuPont Photonic Technologies, formed by the acquisition of Telephotonics where he was founding CTO. His first job was at Honeywell, where he started the Telecom Photonics business and sold it to Corning. He studied business administration at Harvard, MIT and Stanford, and holds a Ph.D. in optical engineering from Columbia University.

Josh Elman, Partner, GreyLock

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Josh Elman, Partner, GreyLock

Josh joined the team in 2011 and invests in entrepreneurs building new consumer products and services. Josh specializes in designing, building, and scaling consumer products, having been part of multiple companies that have grown to more than 100 million users.

Before joining Greylock, Josh spent 15 years in product and engineering roles at leading companies in social, commerce, and media. Josh was the product lead for growth and relevance at Twitter, growing Twitter’s active user base by nearly 10x. Prior to Twitter, Josh worked on the platform at Facebook and led the launch of Facebook Connect. Josh was an early employee at LinkedIn and helped establish early models for user growth and launched v1 of LinkedIn Jobs. Josh also held roles leading product management for Zazzle, and product and engineering for RealJukebox and RealPlayer at RealNetworks.

Josh currently serves on the boards of Medium, Discord, Musical.ly (observer), Life On Air (makers of Houseparty), Operator, and Jelly. Josh also works closely with our investments in Nextdoor and Whosay. Josh led Greylock’s investment in SmartThings, which was acquired by Samsung in 2014.

Josh holds a BS in Symbolic Systems with a focus on Human Computer Interaction from Stanford University.