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Vision

Build the first Biologics tools pure play.

Path

Acquire right. Invest like crazy. Create something UNbelievable.

People

The right group of people can accomplish anything.

"Freedom lies in being bold."

- Robert Frost

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Events

CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS

Workshop on Protein Aggregation and Immunogenicity

Aug 2-4, Breckenridge, CO. Register.

The Bioprocessing Summit

Aug 15-18, Boston, MA. Booth 306 & 307. Register.

MipTec

Sep 20-22, Basel, Switzerland. Stand B26. Register.

BioProcess International Conference & Exposition

Oct 4-7, Boston, MA. Booth 1222. Register.

LakePharma Protein Engineering Symposium

Oct 7, South San Francisco, CA. Register.

PEGS Europe

Oct 31-4, Lisbon, Portugal. Booth 25. Register.

SEMINARS

Webinar: Automated Buffer Exchange: Leveraging Automation to Streamline Small Scale Formulation Screening

Jun 15, 2016 Watch Recording.

CHI Webinar: Meet Our UNcle, the All-In-One Biologics Stability Platform

May 17, 2016 Watch Recording.

CHI Webinar: Automated Buffer Exchange: can an automated system provide comparable results?

Apr 7, 2016 Watch Recording.

CHI Webinar: Nail Down Your Best Formulations Using Thermal Stability Screening

Mar 31, 2016 Watch Recording.

GEN Webinar: Quantifying Stability and Determining Aggregation Pathways for Biologics

Oct 20, 2015 Watch Recording.

News

Feb 12, 2015

Unchained Labs has a busy first day! Raises $25 million and closes first acquisition. Read more.

Unchained Labs has a busy first day! Raises $25 million and closes first acquisition.

Pleasanton, CA February 12, 2015 – Start-up life sciences tools company Unchained Labs burst onto the scientific scene today, announcing a $25 million Series A Financing and the acquisition of Optim, the world’s first and only multiplex protein stability platform for biologics. The financing was led by Novo Ventures, Canaan Partners and TPG Biotech.

Unchained Labs is committed to building the next cool life science tools company. One that matters. One without old school rules. One with products that’ll make a real difference in the research scientists do every day.

The first Unchained product, Optim, lets scientists unlock optimal biologic formulations simply and quickly. For the first time, researchers can measure multiple protein stability parameters – including denaturing temperature and aggregation onset temperature – on multiple samples simultaneously. Assays are high throughput, label-free, ultra-low volume and very easy to run.

Over 60 Optim platforms have been sold to biopharma and academic customers worldwide. Unchained Labs purchased the Optim technology from The Avacta Group. The start-up plans to continue to buy businesses and product lines and add their magic touch for developing breakthrough products and selling them like crazy.

“We had a great experience with Tim in the life science tools space in the past and we believe there is a real opportunity to build another substantial company together,” said Jack Nielsen from Novo Ventures. “Combining organic and inorganic growth has proven to be a powerful strategy for creating value in this space and we can’t wait to see Unchained Labs grow.”

“I love what I do and I am completely pumped about building another great tools company,” said Tim Harkness, Founder and CEO of Unchained Labs. “For me this is all about people. The right group of people can accomplish anything, and we are starting out with fantastic investors and employees who are committed to creating something special together. Optim is a one-of-a-kind product that will provide a solid foundation for us.”

About Unchained Labs

Unchained Labs is committed to building the next cool life science tools company. One that matters. One without old school rules. One with products that’ll make a real difference in the research scientists do every day. We plan to buy businesses and product lines and then add our magic touch for developing breakthrough products and selling them like crazy. Our first product, Optim, is the world’s first and only multiplex protein stability platform for biologics. We are located in Pleasanton, CA and can be found online at www.unchainedlabs.com.

Contact:

Tim Harkness
Founder and CEO, Unchained Labs
tim.harkness@unchainedlabs.com

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May 4, 2015

Unchained Labs lets the UNit loose. Read more.

Unchained Labs lets the UNit loose.

May 4, 2015 – Pleasanton, CA – Unchained Labs, a refreshingly new biologic tools company, extends its coming out to this year’s PEGS conference and launches the UNit — the first and only multiplex protein stability system for biologics. PEGS: The Essential Protein Engineering Summit takes place in Boston, May 4-8, 2015.

The UNit lets drug discovery researchers look at more protein stability parameters than any other tool out there. Its 7 applications, 144 sample a day throughput and 9 µL sample size ups their knowledge base on every formulation, gets them to the right candidates exponentially faster, and uses way less sample than existing techniques. They can make better decisions, make them earlier, and skip the wasted time and effort that goes into developing candidates with no potential.

“Protein unfolding and aggregation temperatures are the first two things formulation scientists need to get a handle on. With the UNit, they can screen both at the same time, and get their hands on data from 48 samples in 2 hours,” said Tim Harkness, Founder and CEO of Unchained Labs. “There isn’t another tool that can give scientists that much actionable information on protein stability that fast.”

The UNi consumable makes it all happen. It’s why the UNit can measure fluorescence and light scattering — techniques everybody’s got down — at the same time, label-free. To kick out unfolding and aggregation temp data for 144 samples a day with other techniques, researchers would quite literally need 30 competitive systems running in the lab at the same time. The UNit also lets them grab data on chemical denaturation, thermal recovery, isothermal stability, viscosity and membrane protein stability.

About Unchained Labs

Unchained Labs is committed to building the first cool biologic tools company. One that matters. One without old school rules. One with products that’ll make a real difference in the research scientists do every day. We plan to buy businesses and product lines and then add our magic touch for developing breakthrough products and selling them like crazy. Our first product, the UNit, is the world’s first and only multiplex protein stability platform for biologics. We are located in Pleasanton, CA and can be found online at www.unchainedlabs.com.

Contact:

Taegen Clary
Sr. Director of Marketing, Unchained Labs
taegen.clary@unchainedlabs.com
925.587.9806

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Jun 4, 2015

Unchained Labs lands another win in the biologics stability market! Acquires AVIA Biosystems. Read more.

Unchained Labs lands another win in the biologics stability market! Acquires AVIA Biosystems.

June 4, 2015 ‐ Pleasanton, CA ‐ Unchained Labs upped its game in the biologics stability market today, announcing the acquisition of AVIA Biosystems, the developer of the Isothermal Chemical Denaturation (ICD) system for measuring biologic stability. This is the second acquisition for Unchained Labs this year.

The ICD system makes something that wasn’t possible before — the routine measurement of protein stability under denaturing conditions — totally doable. It completely automates the complex sample prep and data analysis needed to make these measurements, giving formulation scientists a true walk‐away solution. The ICD system is also a perfect complement for Unchained Labs’ first product, the UNit, which simultaneously measures the top two biologic stability indicators, protein unfolding and aggregation temperatures.

“We are totally committed to improving biologics characterization tools and the ICD is a great new tool that can actually help predict future drug stability,” said Tim Harkness, Founder and CEO of Unchained Labs. “The ICD and the UNit are a perfect pairing and really help establish us as the experts in protein stability. We have done a lot and done it quickly at Unchained Labs, but we are unwavering in our pledge to acquire any product or business that can make a real difference for biologics researchers.”

“I’m really looking forward to joining forces with the Unchained Labs team,” said Dr. Rick Brown, Co‐founder and President of AVIA Biosystems. “Together, our products will give drug discovery researchers the power to characterize and understand their biologics better than they ever could before.”

Unchained also announced the addition of $6 million to its Series A Financing, bringing the total Series A round to $31M. The original syndicate partners, Novo Ventures, Canaan Partners and TPG Biotech all participated in the financing.

About Unchained Labs

Unchained Labs is committed to building the next cool life science tools company. One that matters. One without old school rules. One with products that’ll make a real difference in the research scientists do every day. We plan to buy businesses and product lines and then add our magic touch for developing breakthrough products and selling them like crazy. We are located in Pleasanton, CA and can be found online at www.unchainedlabs.com.

Contact:

Taegen Clary
Sr. Director of Marketing, Unchained Labs
taegen.clary@unchainedlabs.com
925.587.9806

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Jun 16, 2015

The new HUNK from Unchained Labs is turning heads! Read more.

The new HUNK from Unchained Labs is turning heads!

June 16, 2015 – Pleasanton, CA – Unchained Labs, a refreshingly new biologics tools company, UNleashed the HUNK today, the world’s first quantitative biologics stability predictor. The HUNK gives drug discovery scientists up-front insight on the stability of their protein formulations with information on how and if the safety and efficacy of their biologic will be affected during storage.

In a nutshell, the HUNK measures a time-tested thermodynamic value, ΔG, using chemical denaturation. This lets researchers determine if their protein will stay stable or aggregate over time. The kicker? The HUNK also tells them if their protein aggregates from the native or denatured state — something that can’t be done with any other tool today. Knowing which type of aggregation is the culprit gives scientists an immediate understanding of which corrective action to take. The HUNK also automates the complex sample prep and analysis process, making these once complicated and time-intensive measurements completely routine.

“The HUNK takes our biologics stability tools line up to the next level,” said Taegen Clary, Sr. Director of Marketing at Unchained Labs. “It UNlocks completely new and quantitative information about how proteins aggregate, and lets scientists visualize future stability in an entirely new way.”

About Unchained Labs

Unchained Labs is committed to building the first cool biologics tools company. One that matters. One without old school rules. One with products that’ll make a real difference in the research scientists do every day. We plan to buy businesses and product lines and then add our magic touch for developing breakthrough products and selling them like crazy. We are located in Pleasanton, CA and can be found online at www.unchainedlabs.com.

Contact:

Taegen Clary
Sr. Director of Marketing, Unchained Labs
taegen.clary@unchainedlabs.com
925.587.9806

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Jul 9, 2015

Unchained Labs just can’t get enough, acquires Avid Nano, rocks out the new pUNk! Read more.

Unchained Labs just can’t get enough, acquires Avid Nano, rocks out the new pUNk!

July 9, 2015 – Pleasanton, CA – Unchained Labs just can’t get enough biologics stability tools, today announcing its acquisition of Avid Nano. Avid Nano designs, develops and manufactures highly sensitive dynamic light scattering (DLS) systems.

Also today, Unchained Labs UNcaged the pUNk, the world’s smallest, fastest and easiest to use protein sizing system. The pUNk is a high-performance DLS system that measures a protein’s hydrodynamic size, size distribution, aggregation population and molecular weight. Its speed and ease of use is all made possible by the low-cost BladeCell consumable, which is single use and only requires 5 µL of sample. The pUNk’s killer sensitivity comes from a proprietary optical design and distinct use of algorithms.

The Unchained Labs biologics stability tools line-up is quickly becoming one of the most enabling portfolios out there. First they nabbed the UNit, the only system that can simultaneously measure melting and aggregation onset temperatures. Next they captured the HUNK, the first fully automated platform that can predict if and how aggregation will occur. Today they snagged the pUNk, a highly sensitive tool for measuring protein size and aggregation.

“Wow! We have now acquired 3 product lines in 3 acquisitions in less than 5 months and we aren’t even close to done,” said Tim Harkness, CEO and Founder of Unchained Labs. “With this unique portfolio of tools we believe we can truly help researchers UNlock biologics stability.”

“I really look forward to joining the Unchained team,” said Ken Cunningham, Founder and CEO of Avid Nano. “DLS fits perfectly in the Unchained Labs portfolio and I am optimistic about where we can take the technology next.”

About Unchained Labs

Unchained Labs is committed to building the first cool biologics tools company. One that matters. One without old school rules. One with products that’ll make a real difference in the research scientists do every day. We plan to buy businesses and product lines and then add our magic touch for developing breakthrough products and selling them like crazy. We are located in Pleasanton, CA and can be found online at www.unchainedlabs.com.

Contact:

Taegen Clary
Sr. Director of Marketing, Unchained Labs
taegen.clary@unchainedlabs.com
925.587.9806

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Feb 18, 2016

Unchained Labs takes it to the next level, acquires Freeslate. Read more.

Unchained Labs takes it to the next level, acquires Freeslate.

February 18, 2016 – Pleasanton, CA – Unchained Labs cranked its game up today, announcing its acquisition of Freeslate Inc., the leading provider of high-throughput solutions for biologics formulation development and small molecule chemistry. This is Unchained Labs’ 4th acquisition in 12 months.

Freeslate’s been partnering with Biopharma for over 20 years, developing configurable automation solutions that free scientists from major drug development bottlenecks. Their new FormPrep platform automates biologic formulation preparation and kicks out up to 12 formulations a day with only 20 minutes of prep time. Done manually, this would take 2-4 days plus a ton of hands-on time. Scientists move on to next steps way faster with FormPrep. Unchained Labs’ killer detection tools are that next step. Bringing these two biologics-focused portfolios together lets scientists analyze more biologics and formulations than ever.

“This deal is a game-changer. Freeslate’s scale combined with Unchained Labs’ growth and capital creates a real juggernaut in the biologics formulation process,” said Tim Harkness, Founder and CEO of Unchained Labs. “No one is better positioned to build the next generation of biologics tools, and we’re just getting started.”

“Freeslate has made great progress over the past five years, and this transaction makes great sense for the business, our customers and employees,” said John Senaldi, President and CEO of Freeslate. “Unchained Labs shares Freeslate’s commitment to customer success and I’m confident the business is in the right hands.”

In just over a year, Unchained Labs has grown to 110 employees, $25M+ in annual revenue, has direct distribution around the world and 6 product lines focused on helping researchers build better biologics. In connection with this transaction, the company raised $25 million in a Series B financing. The original syndicate partners, Novo Ventures, Canaan Partners and TPG Biotech all participated in the financing.

About Unchained Labs

Here’s the deal. We’re all about helping biologics researchers break free from tools that just don’t cut it. Unleashing problem-tackling products that make a huge difference in the real science they do every day. That’s our mantra, our promise and we own it. We’re located in Pleasanton, CA and can be found online at www.unchainedlabs.com.

Contact:

Taegen Clary
VP of Marketing, Unchained Labs
taegen.clary@unchainedlabs.com
925.587.9806

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Mar 14, 2016

Unchained Labs marches out the GRUNT. Read more.

Unchained Labs marches out the GRUNT.

March 14, 2016 – Pleasanton, CA – Unchained Labs, the life sciences company that’s all about getting biologics researchers the right tool for the job, today launched the GRUNT, the world’s first automated formulation preparation system. The GRUNT is the latest addition to Unchained Labs’ product line up, the 4th in less than a year.

The GRUNT unchains researchers from the time-consuming, old-school processes for making biologic formulations. Common steps like buffer prep, exchange, dialysis and sample concentration for a formulation screen can take days – and it’s all manual. With the GRUNT, scientists only spend 20 minutes on set up, picking buffers, entering parameters and loading lab wear. The GRUNT handles everything else. It does all the dirty work so they can focus on the big stuff.

“Hands-off protein formulation with the GRUNT lets scientists focus on solving key challenges instead of watching the clock for when they need to change out a buffer or get to the centrifuge. It also records every step of the process and cuts down on their documentation time,” said Taegen Clary, VP of Marketing at Unchained Labs. “The GRUNT lets our customers whip out more formulations than ever before, and more of those conditions can be characterized with our UNit, HUNK and pUNk systems. So we’re majorly upping a researcher’s odds of finding the best biologic formulation faster.”

About Unchained Labs

Here’s the deal. We’re all about helping biologics researchers break free from tools that just don’t cut it. Unleashing problem-tackling products that make a huge difference in the real science they do every day. That’s our mantra, our promise and we own it. We’re located in Pleasanton, CA and can be found online at www.unchainedlabs.com.

Contact:

Taegen Clary
VP of Marketing, Unchained Labs
taegen.clary@unchainedlabs.com
925.587.9806

Download PDF of press release.

Apr 25, 2016

Unchained Labs wants you to meet our new UNcle. Read more.

Unchained Labs wants you to meet our new UNcle.

April 25, 2016 – Pleasanton, CA – Unchained Labs, the life sciences company that’s all about getting biologics researchers the right tool for the job, launched their UNcle at the PEGS Boston conference today. UNcle is the first all-in-one biologics stability platform, combining dynamic light scattering for protein sizing with label-free fluorescence plus static light scattering for thermal stability measurements. With the UNcle add to the Company’s analytical portfolio, researchers can really tackle all of their formulation and stability characterization challenges head-on.

UNcle is a mash up of 2 key Unchained Labs tools, joining the UNit’s multiplexed stability measurements with the pUNk’s sensitive DLS detection. Scientists are now able to get all the size, aggregation, thermal ramp, isothermal and viscosity information they need with one platform, and use way less protein in the process. Using UNcle, they can also measure many of these parameters in the same experiment, and do it on up to 48 simultaneous samples for the first time ever.

“UNcle is a one-stop characterization shop and a better bang for the lab buck when it comes to assessing biologic stability,” said Taegen Clary, VP of Marketing at Unchained Labs. “Biologics researchers can now stop wrestling with the disjointed stability data they get from sub-optimal tools. UNcle gives them a better sense of how stable their proteins and formulations are, and they can grab that data on a single platform designed specifically for that purpose.”

About Unchained Labs

Here’s the deal. We’re all about helping biologics researchers break free from tools that just don’t cut it. Unleashing problem-tackling products that make a huge difference in the real science they do every day. That’s our mantra, our promise and we own it. We’re located in Pleasanton, CA and can be found online at www.unchainedlabs.com.

Contact:

Taegen Clary
VP of Marketing, Unchained Labs
taegen.clary@unchainedlabs.com
925.587.9806

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Tim Harkness

Founder and CEO
Tim Harkness, Founder and CEO

Building great teams and great life sciences companies is just in Tim’s DNA. He has 2 successful exits under his belt and brings 20+ years of life science leadership experience to the Unchained Labs table. As CEO of ProteinSimple, Tim and team built a unique protein analysis pure-play from scratch. In 6 years, they grew revenue from $0 to $60M, raised over $60M of venture funding, completed 4 acquisitions and sold it for $300M. Prior to ProteinSimple, Tim spent 9 years as CFO at Molecular Devices where he helped drive revenue from $38M to $185M through internal growth and acquisitions before selling it for over $600M. In his early career as a healthcare investment banker, Tim helped raise over $1B for life science companies in the public equity markets. He’s the Past Chair of the Analytical, Life Sciences and Diagnostic Tools Association (ALDA), and has an M.B.A. from Stanford and a B.B.A from the University of Wisconsin. Tim is married with 3 children, is out hacking around on the links or riding his bike whenever he can, and happily gets up at the crack of dawn to coach his son’s hockey and lacrosse teams.

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Jason Novi

CFO and COO
Jason Novi, CFO and COO

Jason wears a bunch of hats and loves to build businesses. He leads the finance, manufacturing, service and administrative functions for Unchained Labs, and is on the front line of fundraising, acquisitions and integrations. Prior to joining Unchained Labs, Jason was the CFO and VP of Operations at ProteinSimple, a part of Tim’s team that raised $60M, acquired four businesses and built a $60M+, profitable life sciences tools company over a six year period. That business was sold to Bio-Techne in July 2014 for $300M. Prior to joining ProteinSimple, Jason was VP of Finance at Nektar Therapeutics. Earlier in his career, he spent nearly seven years in various senior financial leadership roles at Molecular Devices, responsible for the worldwide accounting, finance and treasury functions, and Jason played a key role in the execution and integration of its corporate development activities. He began his career with Ernst & Young, based in San Francisco, California, holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and is a CPA (inactive). Jason and his wife Erin have two kids, and when he isn’t coaching their softball and baseball teams, you can find him hacking away on the golf course or cheering on the SF Giants and 49ers.

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Terry Salyer

CCO
Terry Salyer, CCO

Terry is all about helping customers up the pace of their research through better tools, and has sold thousands of life science systems in her 20-year career. Terry leads Global Commercial Operations at Unchained Labs, supporting customers with her field sales and applications teams. Prior to Unchained Labs, Terry was CCO at BioNano Genomics and VP of Sales at ProteinSimple, Pall ForteBio and Eksigent. She helped develop and sell products at each, and was integral in demonstrating the scientific impact of these new technologies to customers. Terry has a B.S. in Biotechnology from Minnesota State at Mankato. She spends her free time cooking and golfing, and jumps at the chance to travel to a great beach location any time she can. Terry is a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings and plans on watching them take a Super Bowl someday.

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Will Lachnit

VP Corporate Dev
Will Lachnit, VP Corporate Dev

Will’s been around the Life Sciences block a time or two, and can’t get enough when it comes to making companies thrive. He has over 25 years of experience in the life sciences industry across multiple functions. Prior to joining Unchained Labs, Will was the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Solutions Development at Freeslate. Prior to Freeslate, he was the Vice President of Sales and Service for ProteinSimple. While there, his other roles included leadership of the marketing and applications functions and he played a key role in integrating 4 acquisitions. Previously, at Molecular Devices Corporation, Will had leadership roles for the North American Drug Discovery sales organization, an entrepreneurial product development organization in Switzerland, and Corporate Development. Dr. Lachnit started his career in Pharmaceutical R&D in scientific and research management positions at Roche and Syntex, including running a best-in-class HTS organization. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology and his B.S. in Physiology from the University of California, Davis. Will has a passion for cooking for his family and loves tinkering around in his woodshop.

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Eric Esser

VP Operations
Eric Esser, VP Operations

Eric’s the man when it comes to building, delivering and supporting solid life science tools. He has over 20 years of experience and has launched more than 30 new products, including life science instruments, innovative reagents and consumables. Eric leads the manufacturing and support organizations at Unchained Labs, and they’re focused on making great products and helping customers keep those products up and running. Prior to Unchained Labs, Eric was the Director of Operations at ProteinSimple and had responsibility for more than $60M in annual revenue production from 3 main production sites in 2 countries, as well as a global team of service engineers and technical support specialists. Prior to ProteinSimple, he had operational and P&L responsibility at Metallkraft in China, serving solar customers. Previously, Eric spent over 7 years at Molecular Devices as the General Manager for China and the Director of NPI Engineering. When Eric’s not building amazing products, he’s hanging out with his wife and daughter and can occasionally be seen flying above the tri-valley area in a Cessna.

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Krista Witte

VP Product Dev
Krista Witte, VP Product Dev

Krista loves building assays and analytical tools to do great science. She has over 15 years of experience in life sciences instrumentation and application development. Prior to joining Unchained Labs, Krista was a founding team member of ForteBio, now Pall ForteBio. In her decade at the company, she held many roles including heading up Applications, Assay Development, System Integration, QC and R&D. She saw the company from angel-funded start-up to a leading provider of label-free instrumentation. Prior to ForteBio, Krista headed up the Applications team at Zyomyx, taking a lead role in developing their protein microarray technology. Krista holds a Ph.D. in Carbohydrate Chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute and a B.S. in Chemistry from Texas A&M (Gig ‘em Aggies!). When not doing science, Krista is obsessed with being around the water and can be found swimming, diving or sailing.

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Taegen Clary

VP Marketing
Taegen Clary, VP Marketing

Taegen loves marketing life science tools. He has over 15 years of experience using and marketing enabling life science instrumentation and consumables. As the Director of Pharmaceutical Segment Marketing at Agilent Technologies, he led the marketing organization focused on the company’s largest customer segment, which has experienced consistent, above-market growth rates and 2014 sales revenues of $1B. Over his 7 years at Agilent, Taegen was the Product Manager for Proteomics and Protein Chemistries and also led the Life Science group’s efforts in the area of protein therapeutics. He began his career at Berlex Biosciences, now a part of Bayer Healthcare, running mass spectrometers and developing assays to measure drug passage across the blood brain barrier. Taegen has an M.B.A. in Marketing from St. Mary’s College of California and a B.S. in Biotechnology from the University of California, Davis. Taegen is married with two children, loves mountain biking, camping, fishing, golfing and is huge fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.

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Sr Product Manager

Sr Product Manager – Freeslate Automation Platform

Unchained Labs is building the first cool biologics tools company. One that matters. One without old-school rules. One with products that’ll make a real difference in the research scientists do every day. We’re UNleashing tools that help them characterize their biologics better. This is a great opportunity for highly motivated individual that wants to take their product marketing career to the next level. The right person will manage the Unchained Labs automatiosolutions portfolio for the Freeslate automation systems. They will be responsible for the marketing plan, product roadmap, and the support of the sales team to achieve the annual revenue plan.

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Sr Mechanical Engineer

Sr Mechanical Engineer

Unchained Labs is committed to building the first cool biologics tools company. Our mantra? Create big value through great products that let scientists do big things. We take the unconventional route of buying commercial businesses, investing in development to add our magic touch and selling them like crazy.  We are looking for an amazing engineer to join us and drive the design and development of our instruments. Our ideal candidate is enthusiastic, flexible and eager to attack new challenges.  They will work with other engineers and scientists to specify, design, validate and test new and existing instruments as well as our consumables.  The Senior Mechanical Engineer will be responsible for many aspects of the product life cycle for our product lines and consumable lines.  This Engineer should also have experience in the life science industry.

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Sales Specialist, Germany

Sales Specialist, Germany

Unchained Labs is building the next cool life sciences tools company and needs high octane sales specialists to grow and sell its current and future products. We need people who will roll up their sleeves, sweat, think outside the box, and create something special with us.

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Regional Sales Manager, Beijing

Regional Sales Manager, Beijing

Unchained Labs is building the next cool life sciences tools company and needs a high octane regional sales manager to grow and sell its current and future products. We need people who will roll up their sleeves, sweat, think outside the box, and create something special with us.

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Field Service Engineer, Germany

Field Service Engineer, Germany

This is your chance to join an awesome, growing and fast‐paced company supporting UNbelievably cool life science products! We’re building out our field service team, and you’re coming in just in time to make your mark on our future. It’s time to apply that oversized brain of yours to help us solve field problems and delight our customers. We’re looking for a high‐energy go‐getter who is ready to do whatever it takes to grind through problems, deliver great services, and generally make happy customers for our complex life‐science products. This job is all about breaking the mold and finding innovative ways to improve customer support.

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System Integration Engineer

System Integration Engineer

Work for possibly the coolest company in the bay area, and help us configure, develop and deliver UNbelievably powerful customized science automation solutions to our customers. As System Integration Engineer you will have a chance to leave your mark on our future by delivering state-of-the-art, integrated automation workflows designed just the way our customers want them to accelerate their research and innovation. We’re looking for a super smart, high‐energy individual with broad science and engineering interests and capabilities who is ready to dig in and do system configuration, automation protocol development, integration testing, and installation at customer sites. Based at our HQ in Pleasanton, CA, this is a tremendous opportunity to help our uncommonly technically adept Ops team deliver awesome automation workflows that enable our customers to do high‐throughput, ground‐breaking science.

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Material Handler

Material Handler

This is your chance to join us in setting up a brand new operation to produce UNbelievably cool life science products!  As member of our supply chain team you’ll have the chance to shape our future and startup a fresh production process UNconstrained by stale ideas. We’re looking for a high-energy go-getter who is ready to dig in and start moving goods at our facility in Sunnyvale, CA then transition with us by the end of October to our brand new HQ up the road in Pleasanton, CA.  We make instruments and the consumables that run them, and we need to scale up our operations.  Our customers love our stuff, so this job is all about efficiently handling production inputs and outputs to crank out tons of high-quality products to meet demand.

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Receptionist

Receptionist

Unchained Labs is committed to building the first cool biologics tools company. Our mantra? Create big value through great products that let scientists do big things. We take the unconventional route of buying commercial businesses, investing in development to add our magic touch and selling them like crazy. We are looking for a dedicated, responsible, polished, and reliable individual for our receptionist position. This individual would be responsible for the “Unchained Labs” experience, both for external and internal contacts. Everyone can type and answer phones…. we need a fired up SUPERSTAR!

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Tim Harkness

Founder and CEO, Unchained Labs
Tim Harkness, Founder and CEO, Unchained Labs

Building great teams and great life sciences companies is just in Tim’s DNA. He has 2 successful exits under his belt and brings 20+ years of life science leadership experience to the Unchained Labs table. As CEO of ProteinSimple, Tim and team built a unique protein analysis pure-play from scratch. In 6 years, they grew revenue from $0 to $60M, raised over $60M of venture funding, completed 4 acquisitions and sold it for $300M. Prior to ProteinSimple, Tim spent 9 years as CFO at Molecular Devices where he helped drive revenue from $38M to $185M through internal growth and acquisitions before selling it for over $600M. In his early career as a healthcare investment banker, Tim helped raise over $1B for life science companies in the public equity markets. He’s currently Chairman of the Analytical, Life Sciences and Diagnostic Tools Association (ALDA), and has an M.B.A. from Stanford and a B.B.A from the University of Wisconsin. Tim is married with 3 children, is out hacking around on the links or riding his bike whenever he can, and happily gets up at the crack of dawn to coach his son’s hockey, lacrosse and baseball teams.

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Jack Nielsen

Partner, Novo Ventures
Jack Nielsen, Partner, Novo Ventures

Jack joined Novo A/S in 2001. He is chairman of the Board of Directors of Alios BioPharma Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors of Akebia Therapeutics Inc., Anokion SA, Apollo Endosurgery Inc., and Reata Pharmaceuticals Inc. Previously, he was a board member of MediQuest Therapeutics Inc., NeoMend Inc., Protein Forest Inc., ProteinSimple and Tobira Therapeutics Inc.

From 2006-2012, Jack was employed with Novo Ventures (US) Inc. in San Francisco, California as a partner. From 1990-2001, he held various positions in the Novo Nordisk business area which in 2000 became Novozymes A/S. Before joining Novo A/S, Jack spent several years deeply involved in design-ing the R&D strategy for Novozymes’ activities in the cereal food area, resulting in the development and launch of novel recombinant lipase and amylase enzymes. He has also held positions in marketing and technical services in the textile and personal care area, and started his career in the field of large-scale manufacturing of enzymes.

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Brent Ahrens

General Partner, TMIVCITW, Caanan Partners
Brent Ahrens, General Partner, TMIVCITW, Caanan Partners

His term sheets make the NY Times best seller list. His patents file themselves. Other venture capital-ists go through his trash can looking for business plans. He is…The Most Interesting Venture Capitalist in the World.

Brent Ahrens joined Canaan in 1999 as a member of the Kauffman Fellows Program. A raconteur ex-traordinaire, in his work hours, Brent focuses on healthcare investments and has led investments in life sciences companies such as DexCom (DXCM), Revivant (acquired by ZOLL), Peninsula Pharmaceuti-cals (acquired by JNJ), Cerexa (acquired by FRX), Calixa (acquired by CBST), Durata Therapeutics (DRTX), and Elevation Pharmaceuticals (acquired by DNPUF).

Brent serves on the board of Durata Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company pursuing late-stage clinical development of novel antibiotic programs. He is also on the boards of EndoGastric Solutions, the leading company offering medical devices for treatment of reflux disease; Minimally Invasive De-vices, a developer of a franchise of products that substantially improve visualization during laparoscop-ic surgery; Relievant MedSystems, a maker of minimally invasive devices to relieve chronic back pain; Semnur, a developer of pain managements solutions; and Spinifex, a biotech company developing new treatments for chronic pain.

Prior to joining Canaan, Brent worked in both commercial and technical roles at General Surgical Inno-vations, Ethicon Endo-Surgery (J&J), and IAP Research. He also has several surgical instrument patents to his credit.

Brent earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College after graduating with a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton.

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Heather Preston, MD

Partner and Managing Director, TPG Biotech
Heather Preston, MD, Partner and Managing Director, TPG Biotech

Prior to joining TPG Biotech in May 2005, Dr. Preston spent two years at JP Morgan Partners where she focused on medical device and biotechnology venture capital investing. Prior to JP Morgan Partners, Dr. Preston was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with New Enterprise Associates. She also spent five years at McKinsey & Co. in New York, where she was a leader of their pharmaceutical and medical products consulting practice. She advised large pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology compa-nies on critical strategic issues such as R&D portfolio prioritization, M&A opportunities, new technology acquisitions, new product launches and product growth strategies. Dr. Preston has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of London and a medical degree from the University of Oxford. Dr. Preston completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology at the Dana Farber Can-cer Institute, Harvard University and trained in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospi-tal and subspecialized in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UCSF. During her academic medical ca-reer, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, a Fulbright Cancer Research Scholarship, a Har-lech Scholarship and a Science and Engineering Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship Award.

Dr. Preston co-founded Virobay Inc., a biotechnology company which is seeking to develop new ther-apies for the treatment of pain and auto-immune diseases. Dr. Preston currently serves on the board of directors of Albireo, Inc.; Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. [ALDR]; Otonomy, Inc. [OTIC]; and Virobay, Inc. She previously served on the boards of Aptalis Pharma (acquired by Forest Labs in February 2014), Conventus, Vibrynt, VLST and Elevation Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Sunovion in September 2012) and is responsible for overseeing TPG Biotech’s investment in Par Pharmaceuticals.

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Joseph D. Keegan, Ph.D.

Joseph D. Keegan, Ph.D.

Dr. Keegan has more than 30 years of experience in life science businesses. Most recently as CEO at ForteBio, Inc. he led the Series C financing which raised $25M, established product development and sales strategies that resulted in 2007-11 compounded annual revenue growth of 45%, and exited the company through its sale to Pall Corporation returning $160M to investors. During his 9 year tenure at Molecular Devices Corporation, Dr. Keegan grew the company’s revenues from $30M to $185M through internal growth and acquisitions. In 2007, he oversaw its acquisition by MDS Corporation for $615M. Dr. Keegan joined MDC from Becton Dickinson and Company where he served as President of Worldwide Tissue Culture and Vice President, General Manager of Worldwide Flow Cytometry. Prior to Becton Dickinson, Dr. Keegan was Vice President of the Microscopy and Scientific Instruments Divi-sion of Leica, Inc. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Advanced Cellular Diagnostics, Labcyte Corporation as Chairman, Optofluidics, Inc., Response Biomedical Corporation (RBM:Toronto), Seahorse Bioscience Inc., Stereotaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq: STXS), Wasatch Microfluidics, Inc., ALDA as past Chairman and the San Francisco Opera. Dr. Keegan holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Stanford University.

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