About Science Exchange

Science Exchange is the leading marketplace for scientific research. Our mission is to enable breakthrough scientific discoveries by providing researchers with easy access to the world’s best service providers.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Drea Thomas

- VP, Engineering

Drea combines his software engineering and startup experience with his first love - science. Before being seduced by startup life, Drea was working on a PhD in atmospheric physics and worked in labs at JPL, MIT, and IBM. He has held senior software engineering management roles at SnapLogic, Oracle, and Openwave and is excited to help scale the engineering team and make the marketplace even better.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Andrew Gutierrez

- Director, 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.

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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.

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Norna Cash

- Director, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Aleksandar Andelkovic

- Engineering

Aleks is a proud father of a very energetic 4 year old boy. He is currently training to become a branch manager for a satellite Science Exchange branch in Europe. Aleks has a degree in Computer Science and Business Management.

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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 ScientificProtocols.org, an open access repository for scientific protocols. In his spare time David works on preserving global biodiversity via Genetic Rescue a not-for-profit foundation he created.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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