Zachariah Jonasson, PhD
Dr. Jonasson has served as a member of our board of directors since the formation of Absci Corporation in October 2020 and on the board of directors of Absci LLC, the Company's predecessor, from April 2016 to October 2020. He has over 25 years of experience in research, venture capital and company operations. Dr. Jonasson is currently a Managing General Partner of Phoenix Venture Partners LLC (PVP), a venture capital firm based in San Mateo, CA that he co-founded in August 2010. Dr. Jonasson leads PVP’s investment strategy in biotechnology-based businesses and has been involved in raising all of PVP’s venture capital and seed funds. In addition to serving on the board of Absci, Dr. Jonasson serves as a director on the boards of PVP portfolio companies, Comera Life Sciences, Inc. (previously ReForm Biologics, Inc.) L7 Informatics, Inc., Xandar Kardian, Inc., and Crop Enhancement, Inc., and, until recently, served on the boards of Autonomic Materials, Inc. and Sentinel Monitoring Systems, Inc. He also presently serves on the board of the Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI) & Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) and has previously served on the Commercialization Council of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), the Advisory Board for the Oregon Innovation Cluster (OIC), and the Advisory Board of the Life Sciences Institute at the University of British Columbia. Previously, Dr. Jonasson was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of ReForm Biologics, LLC (now Comera Life Sciences, Inc.) and a co-founder and VP of Business Development of Crop Enhancement, LLC. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jonasson was a General Partner and Kauffman Fellow at Seaflower Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in the biotechnology sector, where he led, managed and held board or board observer roles at several of the firm’s investments, including Serenex, Inc. and Valeritas, Inc. Dr. Jonasson earned a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University in the Honors Program in 1995 and an A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2000 and 2003, respectively, where he was a Sackler Scholar. He has co-taught a marketing course at Harvard Business School as well as served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Jonasson was a Research Associate at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.