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David Chao.  Dave Chao is a founder and the principal owner of Nectagen.  He is also President and CEO of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and BioMed Valley Discoveries, Inc.  Dave's involvement in Nectagen is a private activity and unrelated to his roles at the Stowers Institute or BioMed Valley.  Previously Dave worked at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, two small biotech start-ups and McKinsey & Co.   He is a member of the boards of the Stowers Institute, BioMed Valley Discoveries, the American Century Companies, and the Pembroke Hill School.   Dave holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a pre-doctoral fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  He also received a combined M.A. and B.A. in Biology from Harvard University.    Dave co-invented Nectagen's nanoCLAMP technology and designed its database infrastructure.

Richard Suderman.   Rich Suderman is a founder and Director of Research of Nectagen. Rich holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, and a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Kansas State University.  Previously, Rich held a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Georgia.  Rich co-invented the nanoCLAMP technology, serves as principal investigator for Nectagen's research grants, and leads all technology development, operations and manufacturing at the company.