About Science Exchange

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

    Elizabeth Iorns Ph.D.

    - 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.

  • Dan

    Dan Knox

    - Co-Founder

    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.

  • Bilal

    Bilal Mahmood

    - Customer Experience

    Bilal handles customer support and outreach campaigns at Science Exchange. He also helps with marketing, advertising, and developing new partnerships and initiatives. He was previously a policy analyst at the US Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Bilal is a Gates Cambridge Scholar and Stanford alum.

  • Conria

    Conria D'Souza

    - Customer Experience

    Conria loves the social side of science and so naturally fit with the customer support team at Science Exchange. She has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo. Her favorite kind of chemistry is the kind that happens in the kitchen. She loves trying to recreate elaborate recipes, a habit she tries to counter balance with fitness classes.

  • Brianne

    Brianne Villano

    - Laboratory Experience

    Brianne is dedicated to customer support and development for Science Exchange. She is a formally trained biologist with a M.S. in Biotechnology whose past experience at Charles River Laboratories sparked a flame for building client relationships.

  • Fraser

    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 BenchWise.org, and completed her graduate and postdoctoral studies in developmental biology at Stanford University.

  • Dorothy-lou

    Dorothy Lou Bailey

    - Funding & Partnerships

    Dorothy Lou turned down a molecular genetics Ph.D. program at Duke to pursue her passion for bringing people together around building scientifically relevant businesses. She is hands on with nearly limitless energy. In addition to being zealous about business development, she draws on experience in research, operations, finance and team management to find solutions to the complex problems of scientific collaboration.

  • Mennah

    Mennah Moustafa

    - 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.

  • Tess

    Tess Mayall

    - Community

    Tess builds Science Exchange’s online and offline community of scientists and providers. She is a geologist by training, but also worked closely with Guy Kawasaki to build his online community and fan base. Tess has a M.S. in Geological Sciences from UCSB where she reconstructed Indian monsoon variations during the last 100,000 years.

  • Charlotte

    Charlotte Arthun

    - Operations

    Charlotte oversees the daily operations at Science Exchange, including finances and human resources. Her top priority is to create a fun and functional work environment. Charlotte holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Boston University, and previously worked as a researcher for several international conservation projects.

  • Poyi

    Poyi Chen

    - UX/UI Designer

    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.

  • Ross

    Ross Chapman

    - Front-end Engineer

    Ross joined Science Exchange from Zendesk with over five years of experience writing code that brings designs to life on the interwebs. He is deeply inspired by the ever-changing interaction possibilties of lights behind glass and isn't certain if he's a cyborg or not. Ross also knows kung fu.

  • Nick

    Nicholas VanHowe

    - Software Engineer

    Nick's experience in large-scale software engineering helps him to ensure Science Exchange is scalable, fast, and secure. Formally employed at Bank of America where he helped develop a global derivatives trading application, Nick is Science Exchange's data modeling expert and search engineer.

  • Michael

    Michael Kompanets

    - Software Engineer

    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.

  • David

    David Iorns

    - Software Engineer

    David is a software engineer with more than eight years experience designing and building websites. He was formerly employed at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London.

  • Mike

    Mike Fotinakis

    - Software Engineer

    Mike joined Science Exchange from Google where he built highly-scalable infrastructure and tools for the global web team. He has a degree in Computer Science with an emphasis in Information Systems from Utah State University. In his spare time, Mike is a classical singer in a choral ensemble in San Jose.

  • Ana

    Ana Ulin

    - Software Engineer

    Ana joined Science Exchange from Google, where she contributed to the code and teams of Google Maps, Google Latitude and Google+, among others. When she's not building software, she competes with her cats for the privilege to play with her yarn.

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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, Crosslink Seed Fund, Lerer Ventures, SV Angel, 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 Provider Advisory Board is a group of scientific service providers who use Science Exchange and are dedicated to improving the efficiency of scientific research. The Provider 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
  • Nicholas Beckloff
  • Aimee Stablewski
  • Stephen Byers
  • Mark Bouzyk
  • Luis Chiriboga

Advocates are a select group of researchers and postdocs, implementing our mission to improve the efficiency of scientific research. Advocates help our team engage researchers at universities, provide product demos at labs, and run marketing campaigns across institutions. They work within their institution to promote open science platforms, and fundamentally transform the paradigm of scientific research.

  • Mamata
  • Anthony
  • Maisha
  • Rachel
  • Lauren
  • Roshan
  • Piper
  • Megan
  • Roger
  • Eva
  • Keerthi

Become an Advocate

If you’re interested in becoming an Advocate, send over a resume and cover letter. Be sure to tell us about: your interest in Science Exchange, how you’d like to get involved, and 3 ways you can think of to spread our mission at your institution.

Applications can be mailed to: advocates@scienceexchange.com

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    639 High Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94301

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

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