The next frontier in biotech

Petri develops pre-seed companies attacking the world’s largest problems at the frontier of biology and engineering.

We believe the future of biotech is founder-led

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Our approach

Petri is co-founded by a group of leaders who have deep experience building ideas into iconic companies, and academics who are driving foundational science in bioengineering.

We believe the future of biotech lies in supporting the next-generation of founders who will lead us there. Petri surrounds founders with the support they need to build world-class teams, grow as leaders, develop intellectual property, find customers, and raise capital.

Founder Support

Every Petri company receives access to comprehensive resources and 1:1 coaching to help develop your idea into a company.

— Mentorship

Guidance and feedback from an unparalleled network of leading experts

— Peer Communtiy

Membership in an elite group of peer founders working to change the world

— Capital

Pre-seed capital and access to a vast network of investors

— Partner + Customer Connections

Early access and introductions to business development and corporate venture capital groups

— Talent Recruiting

Direct access to a talent network from the world’s top universities

Petri’s approach is highly personalized. The program solves for each company’s needs and questions, and is built around providing support from people who’ve done it before.

Virginia Burger

Co-founder & CEO
New Equilibrium Biosciences

Our Team

Co-founded and funded by Pillar VC, a venture firm co-founded by the CEOs of Exact Sciences, Ginkgo Bioworks, Iora Health and 22 Boston companies, Petri draws on the resources of one of the strongest biotech ecosystems in the world to support founders from around the globe.

Jamie Goldstein
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Jamie Goldstein

Founder & Partner
Josh Moser
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Josh Moser

Venture Partner
Katie Mulligan
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Katie Mulligan

Director of Platform
Katie Okolita
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Katie Okolita

Designer + Developer
Michael Retchin
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Michael Retchin

Senior Venture Associate
Russ Wilcox
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Russ Wilcox

Partner
Tim Shieh
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Tim Shieh

Senior Platform Associate
Tony Kulesa
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Tony Kulesa

Principal & Co-Founder, Petri
Alec Nielsen
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Alec Nielsen

Founder & CEO at Asimov, Venture Partner at Pillar
Andras Forgacs
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Andras Forgacs

Co-Founder & Board Director at Modern Meadow, Fork & Goode, Organovo
Andy Beck
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Andy Beck

Co-Founder & CEO at PathAI
Bernhard van Lengerich
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Bernhard van Lengerich

Founder and CEO at Seeding The Future Foundation. Board Member at Beyond Meat and CSO at General Mills
Bill Brady
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Bill Brady

CEO at Kula Bio, Monolith Materials, Mascoma Corporation
Brian Baynes
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Brian Baynes

Co-Founder at Petri
Chris Voigt
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Chris Voigt

Professor at MIT
Daphne Koller
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Daphne Koller

Founder & CEO at Insitro
Doug Cameron
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Doug Cameron

Apeel, Geltor, Nature's Fynd
Emily Leproust
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Emily Leproust

CEO at Twist Bioscience
Jennifer Holmgren
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Jennifer Holmgren

CEO at LanzaTech
JP Mangeolle
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JP Mangeolle

Danaher, Sciex, Phenomenex
Lisa Dyson
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Lisa Dyson

Founder & CEO at Air Protein
Pam Silver
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Pam Silver

Professor at Harvard Medical School
Paul Bleicher
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Paul Bleicher

Executive Partner at Optum, Humedica, Phase Forward
Reshma Shetty
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Reshma Shetty

Co-Founder at Ginkgo Bioworks
Stan Lapidus
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Stan Lapidus

Cytyc, Exact Sciences
Subaita Rahman
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Subaita Rahman

Biotech Co-op
Thomas de Vlaam
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Thomas de Vlaam

Principal
Summits + programs

Our community

A week-long, free virtual summit convening founder-led biotech founders, PhDs, scientists, investors and leaders.

Frequency Bio is a flexible and free virtual program designed to help you explore launching a startup — on your terms.

A free virtual event spotlighting and supporting women and under-represented genders in bio. 2022 dates announced soon.

The Petri Podcast spotlights inspiring founders who are innovating and improving human health and sustainability. Each episode talks about a founder’s roots, the science behind their company, and the impact the company drives.

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