Turning stem cells into human eggs

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Stem cell derived germ cells growing in one of our cultures
Our Mission

We want to help parents have kids when it otherwise wouldn’t be possible.

We are working on a technology that will give women the opportunity to choose when to have children regardless of their age, eliminate barriers for couples suffering from infertility, easily enable screening of embryos for harmful genetic mutations, and potentially allow male-male couples to have biological children.

This could become one of the most important technologies ever created.

Our Technology

In our lab, we reconstitute the process under which egg cells would normally develop inside the female body. We generate induced pluripotent stem cells from blood samples. We then shepherd these stem cells through the various steps that they would normally undergo as they develop to become viable eggs.

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We and others have shown that this technology works to make viable mouse eggs, and it can be used to make healthy, live mice. We are working on translating this technology to humans with the aim to make it a safe and accessible reproductive treatment.

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Our current focus is to create a proof of concept human egg, and develop rigorous process optimization and quality control measures to ensure that the eggs are healthy.

We do not take the development of this technology lightly. Our hope is that it will one day be used to bring healthy kids into the world, so we must hold ourselves to very high safety and ethical standards. Our plan is to work closely with scientific, regulatory and ethical experts to ensure this technology develops safely and responsibly.

Our Team
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Alyssa Miller

Associate Director
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Benner Alves

Senior Scientist
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Bianka Seres

COO
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Blake Gowen

Research Associate
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Gwyn Hutchinson

Research Associate
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Jason Lee

Scientist
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Kele Alves

Senior Scientist
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Kinsley Belle

Scientist
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Mariah Dunlap

Scientist
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Matt Krisiloff

CEO
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Pablo Hurtado

CSO
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Rhishikesh Bargaje

Associate Director
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Tisha Bohr

Associate Scientist
Careers

A research company setting like ours is optimally set up to tackle a difficult problem like this.

We believe we have created a highly effective and open research environment, where everyone is united by the same goal. We are working on a difficult problem, and we are neither encumbered by limited resources, nor a need for individual team members to focus in isolation on their own projects for their own publications.

We think this type of research company serves as a model environment for how research should be done, and we invite you to come see for yourself.

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Current Openings
Stem Cell Fellow
Berkeley, CA

1-2 year Fellowship for scientists with PhD or equivalent work experience to learn how to work with iPSCs and organoids

Associate Scientist or SRA
Berkeley, CA

Help drive cell production and experiment analysis. qPCR and/or cell differentiation experience strongly desired.

Scientist
Berkeley, CA

Lead investigation into one of our key experiment areas. PhD or equivalent work experience with skills relevant to our work.

Bioinformatics Engineer
Berkeley, CA or Remote

Analyze data and build software tools to help us more effectively perform our work.

Regulatory Advisor
Remote

Help shape our future regulatory strategy – very significant reproductive or stem cell experience in USA or elsewhere. Part-time.