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Science Exchange is a marketplace for scientific collaboration, where researchers can order experiments from the world's best labs. Our mission is to improve the quality and efficiency of scientific research by using market-based incentives to promote collaboration between scientists.

We've built a talented and dedicated team. Our team includes developers, designers, marketers, and most importantly, scientists. Interested in helping us transform research? Click here to view open positions.


Elizabeth Iorns

- Co-Founder & CEO

Elizabeth conceived the idea for Science Exchange while an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She drives the company's vision, strategy, and growth, and is passionate about creating a new way to foster collaboration that will democratize access to expertise and accelerate the speed of scientific discovery. She completed her Ph.D. in breastcancer biology at the Institute of Cancer Research, University of London.


Dan Knox

- Co-Founder & COO

Dan is the ultimate startup generalist. He is a trained lawyer, former economist, self-taught hacker, junior data scientist and "business guy" (i.e. has an MBA). Dan is most proud of his role building the Science Exchange team and culture.


Alexie Dossa

- VP, Business Development

Alexie brings 15 years of leadership experience in business development, internet / e-commerce, marketing, branding, and management consulting. He joined Science Exchange from VWR International, where he helped build VWRCATALYST, a division providing outsourced and managed services to leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial, and higher education institutions. He had the honor of building, developing, and leading high impactteams focused on innovation and competitive differentiation.


Becca Swett

- VP, Product

Becca leads product and design at Science Exchange. Becca has a Mathematical and Computational Science degree from Stanford and continued her technical education working at Microsoft on PowerPoint. Before coming to Science Exchange, she launched SurveyMonkey Enterprise and WePay Canada. Becca is passionate about using computer science to accelerate scientific research.


Keith Osiewicz

- VP, Marketing

Keith leads Science Exchange's digital marketing efforts. Keith has worked in the life science industry for over 15 years as a scientist, manager, and digital strategist. Before coming to Science Exchange, he built the digital marketing operations at AB SCIEX, a leading life science equipment manufacturer. He is excited to help scientists collaborate in new ways.


Omid Karkouti

- VP, Sales

Omid Karkouti has worked in the Life Sciences field for over 10 years, first as a research virologist and later as a sales professional. Prior to joining Science Exchange, Omid supplied laboratory products to growing Bay Area biotechnology companies and most recently executed the United States expansion and global go-to-market strategy for a Chinese contract research organization.


Thu Nguyen

- VP, Customer Success

Thu brings 20 years of leadership experience building teams with focus on exemplary customer experience as a key driver to accelerate business growth. She has a degree in Molecular Genetics from UC Berkeley and a passion for delivering awesome customer service. She's excited to build the best-in-class experience to empower scientists with an efficient platform to collaborate and advance their research.


Ryan Grow

- Business Development

Ryan brings a passion for process improvement in research and healthcare with more than 10 years experience in those fields, beginning at the bench himself studying macular degeneration. Most recently he joins Science Exchange from VWR having led more than 50 process/management consulting engagements across thirty clients and six industries. He enjoys volunteering in the community and at church. But, as a father of three young children, his favorite time is family time!


Greg Slepnyov

- Sales

Greg comes to Science Exchange with industry experience. Graduating with a bachelors in Legal Studies, he has a passion for working with people and has been in the sales arena for 10 years. In his spare time, he enjoys learning and exploring the historical wonders of the Bay Area.


Nikita Patel

- Sales

After receiving her bachelor's in Biology from the University of San Diego, Nikita left the lab to become the Business Development Manager at Absorption Systems, providing preclinical support for the discovery and development of small molecules and biologics. She comes to Science Exchange after noticing a disconnect between scientists being able to identify reputable providers and is now committed to bridging the gap. Though she is a San Francisco native, she enjoys living three blocks from the beach in San Diego.


Kaitlin Leary

- Customer Success

Kaitlin comes to us from Madison, WI, where she has experience in both pre-clinical and commercial pharmaceutical development. At the University of Wisconsin, she studied Nutritional Sciences and worked in a Vitamin A research lab where she analyzed different strains of maize for various dietary carotenoids using HPLC. In her free time she enjoys playing with her cat Walter, snowboarding, and practicing yoga.


Melissa Songpitak

- Customer Success

Melissa (aka. Lissa) loves science and research. As an undergrad, she was involved with multiple basic science research projects and experienced firsthand how inefficient research can be. She joined Science Exchange because she believes in our mission to improve the quality and efficiency of scientific research. She hopes to enhance our lab admins' experience by being her usual friendly, resourceful self. Melissa is a proud graduate of St. Olaf College.


Luke Keffer

- Customer Success

After graduating from Boston College with an undergrad degree in biology, Luke came to Science Exchange with a passion for expediting the pace of scientific discovery. At Boston College, Luke competed as a Division I NCAA swimmer and was involved in a variety of research projects focusing on cancer biology, enzyme specificity and the effects of bioactive lipids. In his free time he enjoys exercising, studio art, and playing piano.


Natalie Foote

- Customer Success

Natalie comes to Science Exchange with industry experience in Biotechnology Vendor and eCommerce Account management. She has a degree in Chemistry from UC Santa Cruz and is excited to dedicate herself to helping acclimate new labs to the Science Exchange Marketplace. In her spare time, she enjoys playing darts and practices martial arts.


Nicole Perfito

- Director, Sourcing

Nicole leads the efforts of the sourcing team to help make scientific research more efficient. She comes to the team with 10+ years of research experience at Cal, Princeton, UW, and the Max Planck Institute in Germany. She has been a key member of the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, which seeks to address growing concerns about reproducibility in scientific research. She completed her Ph.D. in biology at the University of Washington.


Risha Shah

- Sourcing

Risha comes to Science Exchange with a passion for accelerating the pace of scientific discovery. Prior to joining the team, she held positions in Scientific Curation at NextBio and in Research Services at Affymetrix. Her experiences in the biotechnology field have provided her with a solid understanding of the importance of scientific collaboration. Risha has a degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology complemented by a minor in Bioinformatics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In her free time she enjoys hiking local trails.


Sheena Sharma

- Sourcing

Sheena is passionate about improving the efficiency of scientific discovery and is truly in her element in the fast-paced, dog-filled environment at Science Exchange. At Science Exchange, she helps researchers find labs that suit their scientific needs. She completed her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Northwestern University, in association with the University of Auckland.


Zev Wisotsky

- Sourcing

Zev strives to change the overall scientific discovery process by bringing scientists together in new ways. At Science Exchange, he connects researchers and labs to build new opportunities and collaborations to accomplish high quality science. He completed his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, Riverside.


Karen Perot Shaff

- Sourcing

Karen holds a degree in Genetics from UC Berkeley and has 18+ years of research experience in molecular and cell biology, virology, pharmacology PK/PD, genome engineering, and more. Before Science Exchange, she worked at UCSF, Chiron Corp., and Pharmacofore, Inc., and Applied StemCell, Inc, where she introduced them to CRISPR technology and sold customized genetically modified model services to biopharma and academic institutions. When not at work, Karen enjoys hiking with her Corgi, doing beadwork, and watercolor painting.


Fraser Tan

- Science Solutions

Fraser helps researchers in their search and management of scientific service requests. She also leads ontology development and research content on the Science Exchange platform. She previously worked in Marketing and Development at, and completed her Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies in developmental biology at Stanford University.


Andrew Gutierrez

- Contracts & Compliance

Andrew is passionate about science and doing anything he can to move science forward. He previously worked at SRI International managing a variety of domestic and international research and fee for service agreements in addition to negotiating standard agreements such as MTA, MSA & CDA. He holds a B.S. from Cal Poly Pomona in Finance, Real Estate, & Law, with an emphasis in Contract Management. He also holds the designation of Certified Federal Contracts Manager. His spare time is spent with his wife and their Labradoodle, Kennedy.


Norna Cash

- Finance

Norna’s finance background spans large companies as well as startups with an emphasis in the order to cash cycle. Her experience is operational scaling to meet business needs in the entertainment industry with Electronic Arts and Sony as well as the security industry with Google and Symantec and most recently business process consulting to achieve efficiency. Her passion is building process efficiency through automation and defined structure.


Christina Cordova

- Office Manager

Christina made the switch to tech after over 10 years working in zoos and natural history museums. A culture enthusiast, amateur entomologist, and passionate wildlife spectator, she loves helping Science Exchange reach its goal of expediting scientific discovery and collaboration. When she's not running the SE office, she enjoys collecting records and block printing in her home studio.


Aleksandar Andelkovic

- Engineering

Aleks is a proud father of a very energetic 3 year old boy. He loves programming and has been doing it for more than 25 years, starting with good old Commodore 64. Aleks has more than 15 years commercial experience working in different roles ranging from software engineer to head of engineering. He has a degree in Computer Science and Business Management.


David Iorns

- Engineering

David has been a software engineer for more than a decade and has worked in a diverse range of industries from logistics to investment banking. In 2014 he founded, an open access repository for scientific protocols. In his spare time David pursues his dream of moa de-extinction via the Bring Back Moa Campaign.


John Ellis

- Engineering

John spent almost three years traveling around the United States in an Airstream before settling down with Science Exchange. He is a self-taught software engineer with a background in graphic design and photography, and studies astronomy, cosmology, and physics as a hobby.


Michael Kompanets

- Engineering

Michael worked as a bioinformatician and a database engineer in the biotech industry. His job was to build process-tracking applications for product development as well as service-oriented applications for order management and electronic invoicing. Michael has a degree in Biochemistry from University of Minnesota.


Ross Chapman

- Engineering

Ross is a self-taught programmer who joined Science Exchange from Zendesk where he spent nearly 4 years building the corporate online presence for the marketing team. Ross has a degree in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University and previously worked in organic food, community organizing, and small business development. In addition, he absolutely loves his jogger pants.


Sara Gilford

- Engineering

Before starting her career in software engineering at Science Exchange, Sara spent four years in digital journalism covering politics, pop culture, and all things sharks. She has a degree in American Studies from Barnard College.

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Science Exchange is supported by Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, and an amazing cast of seed and angel investors. We participated in the Y Combinator startup program during Summer 2011.


Seed and Angel Investors

Science Exchange is also supported by a16z seed, Collaborative Fund, Crosslink Seed Fund, Lerer Ventures, SV Angel, Windham Venture Partners, Steve Case, Yuri Milner, Ash Patel, Esther Dyson, DJ Patil, Jeff Hammerbacher, Kal Vepuri, Maynard Webb, Ellen Levy, Sam Altman, Rob Hutter, Lisa Gansky, Joshua Schachter and others.

The Lab Advisory Board is a group of scientific service providers who use Science Exchange and are dedicated to improving the efficiency of scientific research. The Lab Advisory Board contributes to our direction by providing feedback on new and existing features, scientific advice, and input on partnerships and initiatives.

Deborah Berry
Ben Woodard
Kelvin Chan
Xinmin Li
Claire Weston
John Repass
Trevor Clark
Aimee Stablewski
Stephen Byers
Mark Bouzyk
Luis Chiriboga

Our office is located in downtown Palo Alto, California. Click here or the map below to get directions.


Physical Address:

203 Forest Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Mailing Address:

555 Bryant Street, #939
Palo Alto, CA 94301-1704