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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 breast cancer 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.


Mennah Moustafa

- Head of Business Development

Mennah heads Science Exchange's business development efforts. She is passionate about using the Science Exchange platform to create high-impact partnerships for customers with complex research needs. Mennah joined Science Exchange from Sigma-Aldrich, where she spent over 10 years leading sales and business development efforts with scientists and executives at top biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.


Keith Osiewicz

- Head of Digital 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.


Thu Nguyen

- Head of 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.


Alexie Dossa

- 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 impact teams focused on innovation and competitive differentiation.


Omid Karkouti

- 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.


Ada Kim

- Account Management

Ada connects researchers and labs through providing our users with technological aspects of procedures by using her experiences in biomedical research, project management, and communication. Her academic training includes Biochemistry with a M.S. in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine from the University of British Columbia, in beautiful Vancouver. Ada is also passionate about engaging the general public in understanding the importance of science.


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.


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.


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.


Joelle Lomax

- Science Solutions

Joelle is a passionate advocate for the Science Exchange platform and the ways it can support validation and reproducibility. She helps to develop and manage large-scale projects and partnerships that seek to increase the transparency and efficiency of scientific research. Joelle completed her Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to that, she developed her scientific communication skills as a Teach for America corps member teaching middle school science in the Bay Area.


Nicole Perfito

- Science Solutions

Nicole comes to the Science Solutions team with 10+ years of experience as a graduate student and postdoc designing experiments and analyzing data at Cal, Princeton, UW, and the Max Planck Institute in Germany. She is passionate about using the platform to address reproducibility and to make research more efficient by fostering collaboration. She completed her Ph.D. in biology at the University of Washington.


Yen Nguyen

- Finance

Yen is responsible for all financial and billing functions at Science Exchange. She has over seven years experience in the Biotechnology and Pharma industries and, although she has experience with both mid-size and publicly traded companies, her heart lies with the fast moving pace and innovation that occurs in the startup world. Yen earned her bachelor’s in accounting at California State 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.


Poyi Chen

- Design

Poyi leads the user experience and user interface design of Science Exchange. He has an art & design background from University of California, Berkeley, and previously worked with several Silicon Valley startups, leading their design directions.


Becca Swett

- Product

Becca joined Science Exchange eager to put her product chops to work bringing efficiency to scientific research. She previously launched SurveyMonkey Enterprise and WePay Canada. She has a degree from Stanford in Mathematical & Computational Science and enjoys cooking and home improvement in her spare time.


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.


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.


Dmitry Golyshev

- Engineering

Prior to joining Science Exchange Dmitry was building analytical tools and data infrastructure for San Francisco startups. He has degrees in Computer Science and Finance as well as experience in machine learning.


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.


Satyan Pai

- Engineering

Satyan comes to Science Exchange after working seven years at Genentech, where he spent most of his career as a formulation scientist. He has a degree in Biological Sciences with a focus on Computational Biology from Carnegie Mellon University and is passionate about working at the intersection of science and technology.


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.

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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