Lariat Biosciences, Inc. is an employee-owned biotechnology start-up, situated at the North Shore Innoventures incubator in Beverly, MA. Lariat was founded in 2013 by Jonathan Larson with the long term vision of curing cancer by early stage screening. While remaining loyal to that goal, Lariat is also beginning to market products and intellectual property that arose from our cancer research, but with much further ranging applications. All of Lariat’s core competencies in research and development were developed in-house, ranging from biochemical methods for identifying rare cancer-causing genetic variants to microfluidic chip technologies for manipulating and detecting individual cells and DNA molecules. Support for these accomplishments have been provided by SBIR funding from the National Center Institute at the NIH, and also by a variety of strategic consulting projects pulling from Lariat’s intellectual property.
Jonathan is highly interdisciplinary entrepreneur, research scientist, and microfluidics engineer with fifteen years of experience in biotechnology start-ups. He is proficient in biophysics and physics with a working knowledge that spans into bio-, electro-, and photochemistry plus polymer physics. In addition to these scientific skills, he is also experienced with software and firmware programming, electronics, and especially microfluidic circuit design. Prior to founding Lariat, Jonathan commercialized three different microfluidic chips, integrated numerous DNA manipulations into a single lab-on-a-chip, and developed many specialized laboratory instruments. Jonathan received his PhD in Biophysics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alexandra holds a BS in biomedical engineering from Boston University and an MS in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. This interdisciplinary background allows her to work both in R&D as well as in marketing to carry accomplishments out of the lab. Alexandra developed skills in science and technology at Boston University while working on a pathogen detection system. At RPI she focused on entrepreneurial skills, like lean startup methodology, and tools for technology-specific commercialization and marketing. On campus she won a number of entrepreneurship competitions.