Team

Team

Epic Bio is building the world’s leading therapeutic platform based on the exciting new technology of epigenetic engineering.

Team
We were founded by genetic medicine pioneer Stanley Qi, Ph.D., whose fundamental work in epigenetic engineering includes the invention of CRISPRa (activation) and CRISPRi (interference). We are translating the powerful potential of epigenetic engineering into transformative therapies that can expand the promise of genetic medicine and improve the lives of people with serious diseases.

Lei Stanley Qi, Ph.D

Scientific Founder

Lei Stanley Qi, Ph.D., is one of the leading CRISPR pioneers. He is a named co-inventor on the Nobel Prize-winning CRISPR patent held by the University of California, where he served as a doctoral candidate in the lab of Jennifer Doudna.

Lei Stanley Qi, Ph.D., is one of the leading CRISPR pioneers. He is a named co-inventor on the Nobel Prize-winning CRISPR patent held by the University of California, where he served as a doctoral candidate in the lab of Jennifer Doudna. Since that time, his primary research focus has been the development of tools to modulate gene expression without changing the underlying DNA. He is an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Chemical and Systems Biology at Stanford University, where his lab has invented numerous technologies combining genome engineering with synthetic biology to probe biological processes and discover new therapeutic approaches.

One of the most notable discoveries made by Dr. Qi was the first demonstration of the nuclease-deactivated Cas9 (dCas9) for sequence-targeted gene regulation in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. His lab has further developed a broad CRISPR toolbox of technologies for precise gene regulation, including epigenome editing (CRISPRa and CRISPRi), live cell DNA/RNA imaging (LiveFISH), 3D genome manipulation (CRISPR-GO), CRISPR antivirals for targeting RNA viruses (PAC-MAN), and the development of CasMINI, the smallest Cas protein created to date.

Dr. Qi holds a B.S. in math and physics from Tsinghua University, an M.A. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of California Berkeley. He is an associate editor of The CRISPR Journal, a member of the scientific advisory board of the NIH Center for Genome Editing and Recording, and serves on the board of reviewing editors for Science.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lei-stanley-qi-99484239/

Leadership

  • Amber Salzman, Ph.D.

    Chief Executive Officer

    Amber Salzman, Ph.D., is Epic Bio’s chief executive officer and director. Dr. Salzman is a leader with more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceuticals industry. Before joining Epic Bio, Dr. Salzman served as the president and CEO of Ohana Biosciences, pioneering the industry’s first sperm biology platform. Before Ohana, she served as the president and CEO of Adverum Biotechnologies and was a co-founder of Annapurna, SAS, where she served as president and CEO before its merger with Avalanche Biotechnologies to become Adverum. In that role, she saw the company’s stock price double.

    Dr. Salzman began her career as a member of the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) research and development executive team, where she was responsible for operations in drug development across multiple therapeutic areas, overseeing global clinical trials with over 30,000 enrolled patients, managing 1,600 employees and a $1.25B budget. Following her time at GSK, Dr. Salzman served as the CEO of Cardiokine, a pharmaceutical company that developed treatments for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and saw the successful sale of the company to Cornerstone Therapeutics. Dr. Salzman currently serves on the Osler Diagnostics (UK) and AviadoBio (UK) Boards.

    Dr. Salzman received her bachelor’s degree from Temple University and holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Bryn Mawr College.

    In addition to advocating for patients living with rare diseases, Dr. Salzman leads the Stop ALD Foundation, a non-profit medical research foundation focused on developing novel gene therapies for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).

    Fun fact: As a child, Amber had several pet lizards, and they were all named Pete.

  • Benson Cheng, Ph.D.

    Head of Operations

    Benson Cheng, Ph.D., is Epic Bio’s head of operations. Dr. Cheng leads corporate strategy, business and technical operations at the company. Most recently, Dr. Cheng served as a consultant at Navigant Consulting (acquired by Guidehouse), a global management consulting firm where he provided product launch strategy for multiple innovative therapies and established pipeline roadmaps for biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Cheng began his career in early-stage investment roles, including as a senior analyst at Excell Partners, a pre-seed- and seed-staged biotechnology and high-tech venture capital firm.

    Dr. Cheng received his B.S. at University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Rochester Medical Center.

    Fun fact: Benson is an avid endurance athlete and has competed in several Ironman triathlons.

  • Timothy Daley, Ph.D.

    Head of Biological Data Science

    Timothy Daley, Ph.D., is head of biological data science at Epic Bio. Dr. Daley most recently served as a machine learning scientist at the financial technology company Affirm before joining Epic Bio. Dr. Daley received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from University of Southern California, followed by a joint post-doctorate in the statistics and bioengineering departments at Stanford University.

    Fun fact: Tim likes surfing almost as much as he likes data.

  • Alexandra Collin de l’Hortet, Ph.D.

    Head of Therapeutics

    Alexandra (Alex) Collin de l’Hortet is Epic Bio’s head of therapeutics. Dr. Collin de l’Hortet leads the efforts to transform the powerful technology platform of epigenomic engineering into a new class of gene therapy medicines.

    Dr. Collin de l’Hortet has over ten years of experience managing biomedical research. Prior to joining Epic Bio, she worked at Krystal Biotech, where she provided scientific and strategic leadership to the product development team, and managed several gene therapy programs from discovery through to Phase III. Prior to Krystal, Dr. Collin de l’Hortet served as a research assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Dr. Collin de l’Hortet earned her M.Sc. in genetics and her Ph.D. in molecular biology and therapeutics from the University of Paris.

    Fun fact: Alex’s cat only understands French, and her dog responds only to English. Amazingly, they understand each other very well!

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandracollin/
  • Daniel Hart, Ph.D.

    Head of Technology Development

    Daniel Hart, Ph.D., is head of technology development at Epic Bio. Dr. Hart completed postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Michael R. Green at the University of Massachusetts. Previously, he was an assistant professor in the Cardiovascular Research Institute at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Hart’s laboratory used genome engineering approaches, including CRISPR and CRISPRa/i, to study gene regulatory networks in vertebrate cardiovascular development.

    Dr. Hart received his B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Manchester, his M.Sc. in biotechnology from the University of Abertay Dundee, and his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

    Fun fact: Dan has lived and studied in 8 different countries.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-hart-phd/
  • Yanxia Liu, Ph.D.

    Head of Functional Genomics

    Yanxia Liu, Ph.D., is Epic Bio’s head of functional genomics. Dr. Liu has more than eight years of experience in CRISPR gene editing and expression regulation. She received her Ph.D. in molecular cell biology from Peking University in Beijing, and completed her postdoc research at Stanford University. Previously she was a researcher at Beijing Huayuanbochuang Technology Co., where she worked on differentiating iPS cells into functional hepatocytes.

    Fun fact: Yanxia enjoys cooking and trying new and exciting foods.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yanxia-liu/
  • Dipali Patel, Ph.D.

    Head of CMC

    Dipali Patel oversees all aspects of CMC development at Epic Bio ranging from tech transfer to supply chain management. Prior to joining Epic, Dr. Patel held roles of increasing responsibility at SanBio, Inc. in quality control, process, and analytical development for the generation of validated release assays, including potency, and a new automated closed system manufacturing platform for allogeneic mesenchymal stem cell therapy. She played a crucial role in the successful J-BLA filing of SanBio’s lead product, SB623, in Japan. Previously Dr. Patel worked in analytical development at Aduro Biotech where she drove CMC development of their personalized attenuated L. mono vaccine. Dr. Patel received her B.Sc. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Our full team

  • Abhinav Adhikari

    Scientist

    Hobbies: Hiking, music, movies, outdoor sports

    Favorite movie: A Beautiful Mind

  • Gabriella Alvarez

    Senior Research Associate

    Hobby: Rollerskating

    Favorite vacation locale: Cusco, Peru! Being Peruvian I love exploring my country and the rich history of this old Incan city (plus food is incredible).

  • Sid Boregowda

    Senior Scientist

    Fun fact: My favorite sport to play is Kabaddi, a South Asian game which is like American football without the ball but only tackling.

    Why I’m at Epic: I believe Epic’s scissorless next-gen CRISPR technology will do to science-based drug discovery what biologics did in the last three decades.

  • Giovanni Carosso

    Scientist II

    Favorite vacation locale: The Italian Dolomites

    Favorite movie: Being There (1979)

  • Shawn M. Cox

    Business Manager

    Hobbies: I enjoy exploring hiking trails, baking treats for my friends and family, reading, and thought-provoking documentaries and cinema.

    Favorite quote: “The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” – Thomas Paine

  • Vincent Cutillas

    Research Associate I

    Why I’m at Epic: I believe that the work we are doing at Epic is the future of medicine and genetic therapy.

    Favorite vacation locale: Cannes, France

  • Blair Gainous

    Scientist II

    Hobbies: Hiking, running, camping, cooking, and guitar

    Fun fact: In a past life, I was a wannabe rockstar and spent many years playing and recording music with my friends.

  • Aayushma Gautam

    Research Associate I

    Favorite quote: “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

    Why I’m at Epic: Everyone at Epic is friendly and wants you to succeed.

  • Howard Kim

    Scientist

    Favorite movie: The Shawshank Redemption

    Favorite vacation locale: Big Island of Hawaii

  • Ian Lam

    Bioinformatics Engineer

    Hobby: Latte art

    Favorite vacation locale: NYC

  • Jimmy Liang

    Lab Manager

    Hobby: Working out and going to the gym

    Why I’m at Epic: The idea of working to solve these rare diseases without a cure sounded like a life-saving and -changing process I wanted to be involved in.

  • Spencer Lopp

    Bioinformatics Engineer I

    Favorite movie: Princess Mononoke

    Why I’m at Epic: It’s incredibly exciting to work in such a fast-moving and interdisciplinary environment.

  • Tracie Luong

    Biological Data Scientist

    Hobby: I love to play tennis and go thrifting in my free time!

    Why I’m at Epic: Everyone at Epic is driven and supportive. They provide a very warm and welcoming learning environment!

  • Alexander Neubauer

    Research Associate II

    Hobby: Hitting the slopes (boards or skis)

    Favorite book: Cloud Atlas

  • Annie Pham

    Senior Research Associate

    Hobby: Spending time with my dog and training her

    Fun fact: I enjoy singing. I love musicals, so I love singing along to musicals!

  • Chris Still II

    Biological Data Scientist II

    Hobby: Gaming

    Favorite vacation locale: Copenhagen

  • Ryan T. Swan

    Research Associate II

    Favorite quote: “The problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude about the problem.” – Captain Jack Sparrow

    Fun fact: Whenever I finish a large meal, I sneeze 5 times afterwards. No more, no less

  • Rosemarie Tsoa

    Senior Scientist

    Hobbies: Baking and trying different kinds of exercises.

    Why I’m at Epic: The thriving startup mindset and can-do attitude.

  • Guang Yang

    Scientist

    Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, basketball

    Fun fact: I’m a big gamer of soul-like action RPGs

  • Xiao Yang

    Senior Scientist

    Favorite part of Epic: I really enjoy outdoor 1-on-1 discussions walking along the beautiful waterfront right outside of the company building.

    Hobby: Scuba diving

  • Robin W. Yeo

    Biological Data Scientist II

    Hobby: Backpacking

    Favorite quote: “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Claire M. Fraser, Ph.D.

    Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine

  • David Schaffer, Ph.D.

    University of California, Berkeley

  • Yang Shi, Ph.D.

    Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of Oxford