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UCLA TDG Lunch-N-Learn Seminar Series for UCLA Faculty & Postdoc Entrepreneurs

Date: July 20, 2018

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: CNSI at UCLA - 5th Floor Presentation Room

Topic: Commercializing and Funding a University Startup - Presented by Square 1 Bank

A fireside chat with Shahin Farshchi, Partner, Lux Capital, and Sri Kosuri, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA

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Shahin Farshchi, Partner, Lux Capital
Shahin empowers entrepreneurs aiming to accelerate humanity towards a brighter future through feats of engineering. He is passionate about artificial intelligence, robots, space, cars, and engines—pretty much anything you might find in an episode of Star Trek.
He led Lux’s investments in Silicon Clocks (NASDAQ:SLAB), which shrank electronics by baking bulky quartz crystals into silicon chips; SiBeam (NASDAQ:SIMG), which aims to eliminate wires from living rooms by introducing full-HD wireless connectivity; Planet, which is launching the world’s largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites; Plethora, which is rolling out a fleet of robotic machine shops; Flex Logix, making chips that can reprogram themselves; Nervana (NASDAQ:INTC), the first full-stack platform for machine intelligence; Mythic, bringing powerful AI to miniature, inexpensive devices; Astranis, which is building low-cost telecommunications satellites; Embodied Intelligence, which empowers industrials to perceive and act like humans; Aeva, a new sensing paradigm for autonomous machines; Arraiy, a platform for automating visual effects; SubSpace, a company revolutionizing how humans and machines communicate; and Scaled Inference.
Previously, Shahin co-founded Vista Integrated Systems, which built wireless vital sign monitors based on a neural interface technology he developed during his PhD at UCLA. Shahin also developed hybrid electric vehicles for GM in Detroit, worked as a software developer in several Silicon Valley startups, and researched new techniques for semiconductor manufacturing. He earned his Bachelor’s in EECS at UC Berkeley.

Sriram Kosuri, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA, and Founder of Octant
Dr. Sri Kosuri is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA (http://www.kosurilab.org). His laboratory develops technologies for reading and writing DNA and applying them to various applications to better understand and engineer biology. He previously worked with Dr. George Church on using DNA to encode, store, and read out digital information. His postdoctoral research was completed at the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute from 2009 to 2013. He was the first employee of a biofuel startup called Joule Unlimited and cofounded OpenWetWare, a platform to promote the sharing of information among researchers and groups who are working in biology and biological engineering.
Sri is also the founder of Octant, a CNSI-incubated company funded by Lux Capital that is using Next Generation Sequencing to develop a multiplexed platform that can cheaply detect on- and off- target effects of thousands of drugs against hundreds of receptors at a time.

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UCLA TDG and CNSI are pleased to host the Lunch-N-Learn seminar series for entrepreneurially-minded UCLA faculty, students and postdocs. The series is exclusively for people with a UCLA affiliation.


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