San Francisco, California is a hub for life science startups, with many companies developing cutting-edge technologies to improve health outcomes and address critical challenges facing society. In this article, we showcase 15 of the most exciting life science startups in the area, from biotech and pharmaceuticals to healthcare IT and more.
Living Carbon: Genetically enhancing CO2 capture and storage in trees
Living Carbon is a public benefit company founded by Maddie Hall and Patrick Mellor, on a mission to fight climate change through biotechnology and forestry. Their innovative approach genetically enhances the CO2 capture and storage capacity of trees, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving carbon sequestration.
ArsenalBio: Advanced CAR T-cell therapies for solid tumors
ArsenalBio is a biotech company founded by Ken Drazan and W. Nicholas Haining, focused on developing programmable cell therapies for solid tumors. Their CAR T-cell therapies offer advanced treatment options for cancer patients, improving efficacy and reducing side effects.
Federation Bio: Targeting diseases with microbial therapeutics
Federation Bio is a microbial therapeutics company founded by Dylan Dodd, Michael Fischbach, and Racquel Bracken. Their approach targets diseases in which the human microbiome can play a curative role, using innovative biotech solutions to address a range of health challenges.
GALY: Developing biomaterials through biotechnology and synthetic biology
GALY is a biotech startup founded by Luciano Bueno and Paula Elbl, focused on developing biomaterials through biotechnology and synthetic biology. Their goal is to discover new ways to produce natural things, using sustainable and innovative approaches to improve health outcomes and reduce environmental impact.
Walking Fish Therapeutics: Harnessing B cells’ capability to activate the immune system
Walking Fish Therapeutics is a biotech company founded by Lewis (Rusty) Williams and Mark Selby, developing a platform to harness B cells’ capability to activate the immune system. Their approach offers new possibilities for treating a range of diseases and improving health outcomes.
Cellares: Automating cell therapy manufacturing with the Cell Shuttle
Cellares is a life sciences technology company founded by Alex Pesch, Fabian Gerlinghaus, and Omar Kurdi, developing the Cell Shuttle to automate cell therapy manufacturing. Their innovative solution reduces the complexity and cost of cell therapy production, improving access to life-saving treatments.
Altay Therapeutics: Discovering small molecule therapies for chronic inflammatory conditions
Altay Therapeutics is a biotech company founded by Ali Ozes and Osman Nidai Ozes, focused on discovering small molecule therapies for chronic inflammatory conditions. Their approach offers new possibilities for treating a range of diseases and improving quality of life for patients.
Alucio: Transforming scientific exchange and treatment access for the life sciences industry
Alucio is a software startup founded by Dave Gulezian, Jeff Asada, and Tom O’Connell, transforming scientific exchange and treatment access for the life sciences industry. Their innovative solution streamlines communication and collaboration, improving efficiency and reducing costs for researchers and healthcare providers.
Revel Pharmaceuticals: Developing therapeutics for multiple diseases of aging
Revel Pharmaceuticals is a biotech company founded by Aaron Cravens and Nicholas A. Delateur, developing therapeutics for multiple diseases of aging, including osteoarthritis, kidney disease, and complications of diabetes. Their approach offers new possibilities for improving health outcomes and quality of life for aging populations.
Celevity: Developing drugs to help dogs live longer, healthier lives
Celevity is a seed-stage company founded by Celine Halioua, focused on developing drugs to help dogs live longer, healthier lives. Their approach offers new possibilities for improving the health and wellbeing of our furry friends, using innovative biotech solutions to address a range of pet health challenges.
Dropprint Genomics: Characterizing the immune system with cell technology and machine learning
Dropprint Genomics is a life science startup founded by Jimmie Ye, Meena Subramaniam, and Rachel Gate, providing cell technology and machine learning models to characterize the immune system. Their approach offers new possibilities for personalized medicine and improving treatment outcomes for a range of diseases.
ProcDNA: Solving commercial problems for life science firms with technology
ProcDNA is a technology firm focused on solving commercial problems for life science companies. Their approach combines biotech, database, and life science expertise to develop innovative solutions and improve efficiency for clients.
11 Biomics: Community-focused biotech company driving innovation
11 Biomics is an early-stage, community-focused biotech company founded by Allan Young, Jeffrey Holland, and John Sanchez. Their approach fosters collaboration and innovation, bringing together experts from diverse fields to develop new solutions and improve health outcomes.
Perceive Biotherapeutics: Pioneering novel technologies and therapeutics in ophthalmology
Perceive Biotherapeutics is a biotech company pioneering novel technologies and therapeutics in ophthalmology. Their approach offers new possibilities for treating a range of eye diseases and improving vision outcomes for patients.
Sonoma BioTherapeutics: Developing adoptive Treg therapies for autoimmune diseases
Sonoma BioTherapeutics is a biotech company founded by Alexander Rudensky, Fred Ramsdell, and Jeffrey Bluestone, focused on developing adoptive Treg therapies for autoimmune diseases. Their approach offers new possibilities for treating autoimmune diseases and improving quality of life for patients.
These 15 life science startups in San Francisco are driving innovation and shaping the future of healthcare. From biotech and pharmaceuticals to healthcare IT and more, these companies are using cutting-edge technologies to address critical health challenges and improve the lives of people and pets. We look forward to seeing the impact they will have on the industry and society as a whole.
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