Multiplexed DNA testing in minutes from a handheld device

SnapDNA is a startup based in Menlo Park, CA founded by top executives from semiconductor and biotech industries.  The company is funded by Silicon Valley pioneers and In-Q-Tel.  

What We Do

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SnapDNA enables complex DNA tests in minutes from a fully automated low-cost handheld device. A DNA test is the most accurate way to diagnose a disease or uniquely identify a person or any living organism. DNA testing currently takes hours or days on expensive laboratory instruments. SnapDNA prototype sensors have successfully identified DNA markers in some of the most challenging DNA tests using biological test samples.

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Management

David Medin

CEO

David Medin has 30 years experience in semiconductors, software and systems in consumer and commercial sectors.  He has founded and secured funding for multiple technology startups and has held CEO and CTO positions at private and public companies.  Prior companies include NVIDIA, TVIA, Spatial Photonics, Innovision, Tymphany, Maxcell Telecom.

Mr. Medin is an inventor on over 34 patents and applications with issued patents in 12 countries.  Mr. Medin has a B.S.E.E. from University of Maryland.

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David Medin

David Medin

CEO

Paul Haje

Corporate Development
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Paul Haje

Paul Haje

Corporate Development

Gabriel Matus

Process Engineering

Mr. Matus has 15 years of experience working with high technology companies and early stage startups in technology development and pathfinding in MEMS, CMOS and silicon technologies. Prior to SnapDNA, Mr. Matus developed a process to make bulk materials based on silicon nanostructures, which can be used for megawatt scale energy harvesting from industrial waste heat at Alphabet Energy.  Prior to Alphabet, Mr. Matus developed micromirror and MEMS on CMOS fabrication and packaging technologies for Light Blue Optics, Spatial Photonics, MicroAssembly Technologies, Adriatic Research Institute and Onix Microsystems for diverse applications including fiber optic switching, freespace communication and high volume portable projection displays.  Mr. Matus has 6 issued patents, and 17 applications in progress.  Mr. Matus received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Gabriel Matus

Gabriel Matus

Process Engineering

Veronica De Guzman Ph.D.

Molecular Biology
vdeguzman@snapdna.com

Veronica De Guzman has 13 years experience in formulation and pilot-scale manufacturing process development for biopharmaceutical companies such as Inhale (Nektar) Therapeutic Systems and MAP Pharmaceuticals (Allergan).  She also has over 10 years experience in single molecule DNA analysis.  Dr. De Guzman received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from University of California, Davis, and her Ph. D. in Biochemistry from University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Veronica De Guzman Ph.D.

Veronica De Guzman Ph.D.

Molecular Biology

Philip Ishi

Signal Processing
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Philip Ishi

Philip Ishi

Signal Processing

S. Russ Lehrman Ph.D.

Biochemistry

Dr. Lehrman, has more than 25 years experience leading analytical and formulation in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.  These programs improved the therapeutic value of proteins, small molecules, and nucleic acid-based clinical candidates at Elan, Nektar, NeXstar, and Pfizer (Upjohn).  He has also successfully developed novel formulations and analytical methodologies to support clinical development.  As an industry consultant, Dr. Lehrman has managed drug development operations for client companies, and has served as an expert witness in contract violation and patent infringement cases.

Dr. Lehrman has over 80 publications and 7 patents, is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas, School of Pharmacy and is a frequent guest lecturer.  In addition, he has been an active organizer and contributor of mini symposia and group lecture series.  Dr. Lehrman received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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S. Russ Lehrman Ph.D.

S. Russ Lehrman Ph.D.

Biochemistry

Board

David Medin

CEO

David Medin has 30 years experience in semiconductors, software and systems in consumer and commercial sectors.  He has founded and secured funding for multiple technology startups and has held CEO and CTO positions at private and public companies.  Prior companies include NVIDIA, TVIA, Spatial Photonics, Innovision, Tymphany, Maxcell Telecom.

Mr. Medin is an inventor on over 34 patents and applications with issued patents in 12 countries.  Mr. Medin has a B.S.E.E. from University of Maryland.

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David Medin

David Medin

CEO

Les Vadasz

Board Member

Les was Executive Vice President and President of Intel Capital until his retirement in 2003. With Intel since 1968, as part of the founding management team, his responsibilities included various engineering and management positions. He was member of Intel’s BOD from 1988 to 2002, and Director Emeritus until 2004. Prior to Intel, he was with Fairchild Semiconductor and Transitron Electronics.

He has served as Member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Research Council between 1991 and 1996. He was also a member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) between 1997 and 2002.

He received his B. of Engineering degree in 1961 at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He completed AMP at Harvard Business School in 1990. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE, for leadership in the development of semiconductor memory and microcomputer components. He holds Honorary Doctor degrees from McGill University and Sonoma State University.

Currently, he splits his time between Sonoma Valley and Silicon Valley. He is on the Board of two start-up technology companies as well as two non-profit organizations.

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Les Vadasz

Les Vadasz

Board Member

Regis McKenna

Board Member

Regis McKenna is a highly regarded marketing consultant to entrepreneurs and technology businesses for the past 50 years.

In 1970 McKenna founded his own high-tech marketing firm, Regis McKenna Inc., and worked with a number of entrepreneurial startups during their formative years, including America Online, Apple, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Intel, Linear Technology, Microsoft, National Semiconductor, Silicon Graphics, and 3COM. McKenna helped launch some of the most important technological innovations including the first microprocessor (Intel Corporation), the first personal computer (Apple Computer), the first recombinant DNA genetically engineered product (Genentech, Inc.), and the first retail computer store (The Byte Shop).

McKenna was a general partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, served on the Venture Advisory Board of Silicon Valley Bank, and International Advisory Board of Toyota. He is an Emeritus member of Santa Clara University Board of Trustees. McKenna was a founder of the Center for Science and Technology at Santa Clara University, now called The Miller Center. He served as the first president of the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund. He is also on the board of and advisor to several high tech startups.

McKenna is the author of numerous articles and publications, including Real Time: Preparing for the Age of the Never Satisfied Customer, and Total Access: Giving Customers What They Want in an Anytime Anywhere World (Both by Harvard Business School Press, 1997 & 2002 respectively).

McKenna has a BA from Duquesne University and received honorary PhDs from Duquesne University (1990), Saint Vincent College (1991), Santa Clara University (2002), and Stevens College of Engineering (2002).

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Regis McKenna

Regis McKenna

Board Member

Jaleh Daie, Ph.D.

Board Member

A Women in Technology Hall of Famer and recipient of a US Congressional Citation, Dr. Jaleh Daie is a multipotentialite and strategic leader with extensive board and executive experience in private and public sectors. She quickly scales into leadership roles and combines her quantitative skills with an innate ability to connect the dots and see patterns before they are obvious to create strategic solutions. She has had the honor of serving the administrations of three Presidents.

A noted plant scientist and leading agriculture/food expert, Jaleh understands capital markets and has global and cultural acumen (international engagements in eight countries and global speeches including the Biotech Distinguished Speaker in South Africa and Distinguished Visitor Speaker in Australia. She has been quoted/interviewed by major media (ABC, CBS, PBS, NY Times, SV Business Journal, SF Chronicle, Science, and The Scientist).

Jaleh has extensive board experience and delivers: insight, foresight and oversight. She has served as board chairman, on executive committees, treasurer, chair of nomination and investment committees and Gala chair. Her board service include: A6 Corp, Nokia Innovent, Investigen, Linkore, LightFull Foods, Selection Panel for the White House Fellows (under two Presidents); President of the Association for Women in Science and chairman of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Other board service include: CRDF Global; Commonwealth Club of California; Treasurer and life director of US Space Foundation; Dean’s Council at UC-Davis College of Agriculture.

Currently, Jaleh is managing partner at Aurora Equity, investing in early stage start-ups across a broad range of technologies, resulting in attractive ROI in the first 10 years. Previously, Jaleh was head of science at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation (the largest foundation then) where she managed a diversified portfolio with $120 million annual budget. She has served as science liaison to the President’s National Science Technology Council (cabinet level body) working across all federal agencies. She made contributions to Presidential initiatives including food safety and served as special assistant to Chief Scientist at NOAA.

Jaleh began her career at Rutgers University and UW-Madison. In academia she was professor (achieved rank of professor in six years); senior science advisor to the President (26 campus UW System); department chair; initiated and led spin off of new multidisciplinary unit and served as its chief executive, and was founding director of a university-wide graduate program. In addition to running an internationally recognized research operation, at one point Jaleh was managing three independent operations--for one of which she was the conceptual architect and another was the outcome of her initiating and driving the strategic integration and consolidation of several legacy units.

Examples of Jaleh’s honors are: Honorary Naval Aviator, Teksia Lifetime Achievement Award; Honorary Doctorate; Fellow (American Association for the Advancement of Science and AWIS); “25 Smartest Who Make a Difference” and The Scientist’s “Leaders of Science”.

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Jaleh Daie, Ph.D.

Jaleh Daie, Ph.D.

Board Member

Paul M. Russo, Ph.D.

Board Member

Founder & Chairman of the Board, GEO Semiconductor Inc.

Dr. Russo has served as Founder & Chairman of GEO since 2014, and served as Chairman & CEO from its founding in 2008 to 2014. He also serves as a Director of SnapDNA, Teslonix, WOO Sports and several other start-ups (Peekaboo, Dynamount).

Prior to founding GEO, Dr. Russo Founded Silicon Optix in 2000, a privately held fabless semiconductor company, serving as Chairman & CEO through 2008. GEO acquired certain assets from Silicon Optix in early 2009. Prior to Silicon Optix, Dr. Russo was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Genesis Microchip (acquired by ST Micro in 2007) through 2000, including its successful NASDAQ IPO in 1998, and on its board until 2001. Prior to founding Genesis, he was General Manager of GE’s Microelectronics Center, Senior Manager in GE’s Industrial Electronics Group and Head, Microsystems Research at RCA’s David Sarnoff Research Center. While at RCA he worked on the world’s 1st CMOS microprocessor, and pioneered the first use of these devices in global communications (format conversion), programmable video games (RCA Studio II) and automotive engine control (Chrysler).

Dr. Russo received his B. Eng. from McGill University and his MSc and PhD in EECS from UC Berkeley. He holds eight U.S. patents, is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received numerous RCA and industry awards, including the IEEE Centennial Medal and the 2006 Tech Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum. He served as an outside director of ATI Technologies from 2001 through its acquisition by AMD in late 2006, and MoSys, as well as numerous private venture funded start-ups acquired by public entities (e.g., RocketChips – acquired by Xilinx, Atmos – acquired by MoSys). Dr. Russo is a member of the Band of Angels, a volunteer in DEFY (turning ex-cons into entrepreneurs) and is an advisor to several early stage companies and institutional investment entities.

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Paul M. Russo, Ph.D.

Paul M. Russo, Ph.D.

Board Member

Mark Breier

Board Observer

Mr. Breier is a Partner at IQT, a strategic investor for the U.S. Intelligence Community. Prior experiences include as CEO of Beyond.com, CMO of Plantronics, VP of Marketing for Amazon.com, as well as marketing executive positions at Kraft, Dreyer’s/Edy’s Ice Cream, and General Mills. Mark is also an author and public speaker, most recently of Life is A Game: Group Games for Kids, Teens, and Adults.

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Mark Breier

Mark Breier

Board Observer

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