R. Martin Chavez
R. Martin Chavez, Ph.D., has served as a member of our Board since April 2020. From January 2005 to January 2020, he served in a variety of senior roles at Goldman Sachs, including Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and global co-head of the firm’s Securities Division, and was a member of Goldman’s management committee. Previously, Dr. Chavez was Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Kiodex, acquired by Sungard in 2004, and Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Quorum Software Systems. Dr. Chavez has served as board member for Paige, an AI-driven biomedical technology startup, since January 2020; as board member for Banco Santander, S.A., since October 2020; and as board member for Sema4, a precision-genomics testing company, since April 2020. Dr. Chavez has served on the Board of Overseers of Harvard University (President) since September 2020, the Stanford Medicine Board of Fellows since September 2015, and the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study since May 2019.
He holds an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences and an S.M. in Computer Science from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford University. Our Board believes Dr. Chavez is qualified to serve on our Board because of his scientific and technical background and his knowledge and perspective of the Company.
Chris Gibson, Co-founder
Chief Executive Officer and Board Member
Christopher Gibson, Ph.D., is our co-founder, Chief Executive Officer since the company’s founding in November 2013. Dr. Gibson was also Chairman of our Board from the company’s founding until he asked, with the support of the rest of the Board, for Dr. R. Martin Chavez to accept a position of Chairman in January 2021.
Previously, Dr. Gibson was an M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Utah. After obtaining his Ph.D., he withdrew from medical school to found Recursion. He has undergraduate degrees in bioengineering (B.S.) and managerial studies (B.A.) Rice University. He has served as a Founding Chairman of the Board of BioHive (the Utah life science collective and branding effort, composed of therapeutics, diagnostics, medical device and health IT companies, along with the companies that support them and the public sector) since November 2020. He also serves as a Board member of BioUtah (the Utah life science industry association) since January 2019, Board member of the Recursion Foundation (our not-for-profit entity seeking to promote corporate social responsibility) since November 2019, through which he is on the Board of Altitude Lab (an incubator/accelerator focused on creating the next generation of diverse biotech founder in Utah) since July 2020.
Dr. Gibson has also served on the Cures Acceleration Network Review Board since September 2020. Dr. Gibson is co-author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed studies in a variety of journals including Nature, Nature Protocols, Circulation, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Molecular Pharmaceutics, PloS One, and Diabetes. Our Board believes Dr. Gibson is qualified to serve on our Board because of his scientific and technical background and his knowledge and perspective of the Company.
Co-founder and Board Member
Dean Y. Li, M.D., Ph.D., a co-founder of the Company, has served as a member of our Board since its founding in November 2013. Dr. Li has served as Executive Vice President and President, Merck Research Laboratories since January 2021. Dr. Li previously served as Senior Vice President of Discovery Sciences and Translational Medicine, Merck Research Laboratories from November 2018 to December 2020. He joined Merck in February 2017 as Vice President and Head of Translational Medicine.
Before joining Merck, Dr. Li was conducting medical research at the University of Utah from July 1994 to March 2017. During his time at the university, he co-founded multiple biotech companies stemming from research from his laboratory, including Recursion, Hydra Biosciences and Navigen Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Li served as the H.A. & Edna Benning Professor of Medicine and Cardiology, the vice-dean of research at the University of Utah Health Science Center, and as the chief scientific officer of University of Utah Health Care. Dr. Li also served as interim CEO of Associated Regional University Pathologists, the nation’s third-largest clinical reference laboratory, from June 2015 to August 2016.
Dr. Li trained at Washington University in Saint Louis before moving to the University of Utah to work as a post-doctoral scientist in the laboratory of Mark Keating. Our Board believes Dr. Li is qualified to serve on our Board because of his scientific background, his senior management experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and his knowledge and perspective of the Company.
Co-founder and Board Member
Blake Borgeson, Ph.D., a co-founder of the Company, has served as a member of our Board since the company’s founding in November 2013, and served as our Chief Technical Officer from November 2013 to July 2018. Dr. Borgeson earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rice University. In February 2016, Dr. Borgeson completed a Ph.D. in bioinformatics at UT Austin in February 2016, using machine learning to exploit new experimental techniques in rapidly mapping protein complexes. Dr. Borgeson has served on the board of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute in Berkeley since September 2018, which focuses on doing foundational mathematical research to ensure smarter-than-human artificial intelligence has a positive impact. Our Board believes Dr. Borgeson is qualified to serve on our Board because of his technical background and his knowledge and perspective of the Company.
Terry-Ann Burrell, M.B.A., has served as a member of our Board since April 2020. Ms. Burrell, a financial industry veteran, has served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Beam Therapeutics since August 2019. Prior to Beam, Ms. Burrell spent 11 years, from May 2008 to August 2019, with J.P. Morgan, most recently as a Managing Director in the healthcare investment banking group from May 2018 to August 2019. There, she had broad coverage across the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, helping to execute equity and equity linked financings and M&A transactions. She was instrumental in advising clients on transaction considerations, including strategic rationale, valuation and structuring.
Prior to J.P. Morgan, Ms. Burrell worked in equity research at Citigroup, where she covered specialty pharmaceuticals and generics. Ms. Burrell holds an M.B.A. from New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University. Our Board believes Ms. Burrell is qualified to serve on our Board because of her financial expertise and her senior management experience in the biotechnology industry.
Zachary Bogue, J.D., has served as a member of our Board since August 2018. Mr. Bogue brings to bear two decades of experience in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, attorney, and angel investor. Mr. Bogue co-founded DCVC, and he continues to serve as its Co-Managing Partner. Mr. Bogue led DCVC’s significant investments in Freenome, Planet Labs, Tala, Oklo and Gro Intelligence. Prior to co-founding DCVC, Mr. Bogue was an entrepreneur, founding three companies in Silicon Valley and an angel investor, with early investments in companies like Square, Inc. and Uber Technologies, Inc.
In 2015, the World Economic Forum named Mr. Bogue a Young Global Leader in recognition of his leadership at the intersection of transformative technology and urgent global issues, and he is active in the Davos community. Mr. Bogue graduated with honors from Harvard University in Environmental Science and Public Policy and earned his J.D. with honors from Georgetown Law School. Our Board believes Mr. Bogue is qualified to serve on our Board because of his technical background and his knowledge and perspective of the Company.
Zavain Dar has served as a member of our Board since September 2016. Mr. Dar is a Partner at Lux Capital, a tech venture firm since October 2014. At Lux, Mr. Dar invests in companies leveraging machine learning and AI to augment and replace physical-world functions including biology, language, manufacturing and analysis. In addition to leading Lux’s investment in Recursion, Mr. Dar has also led Lux’s investments in Primer, Thrive Detect (acquired by Exact Sciences), Creyon Bio, LabGenius, Tempo Automation, Braid Health, and CryptoNumerics (acquired by Snowflake).
Additionally he is a founding investor in Anagenex Therapeutics and an early angel in Zymergen. Prior, Mr. Dar was a founder and computer scientist. At Discovery Engine (acquired by Twitter) he engineered machine learning and AI systems across a proprietary distributed computing framework to build web scale- ranking algorithms. Mr. Dar was also a cofounder of Fountainhop, a hyper-local social network. Mr. Dar has a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and a M.S. in Theoretical Computer Science from Stanford where he was a researcher in Stanford’s AI Lab. Our Board believes Mr. Dar is qualified to serve on our Board because of his technical background and his knowledge and perspective of the Company.
Robert Hershberg, M.D., Ph.D., has served as a member of our Board since March 2020. He has been a Venture Partner at Frazier Healthcare Partners since March 2020. Formerly, from April 2017 to March 2020, Dr. Hershberg was the executive vice president and head of business development and global alliances at Celgene (acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2019). He was employed in positions of ascending responsibility at Celgene since joining the company in 2014, including his role as Chief Scientific Officer from January 2016 to March 2020. Before Celgene, he served several roles at VentiRx Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company which he co-founded in 2006 and was Chief Executive Officer from September 2012 until the company’s acquisition by Celgene in February 2017.
Dr. Hershberg currently serves on the board of directors of Nanostring Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: NSTG), Adaptive Biotechnology (Nasdaq: ADPT), and Silverback Therapeutics (Nasdaq: SBTX). He is a clinical faculty member at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and he holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, San Diego’s Affiliated Ph.D. program with the Salk Institute and an M.D. and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Our Board believes that Dr. Hershberg is qualified to serve on our Board because of his scientific background, his senior management experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and his knowledge and perspective of the Company.