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Alex Sakatos, PhD - Founder of Ancilia

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Join Sal Daher's Investment Syndicate: Click Here Microbiologist Alex Sakatos felt strongly that valuable science was not making it from the lab to the clinic. This led her to start Ancilia which is finding ways to protect good bacteria in our gut from attack by viruses. A great chat about an exciting field in biotech. Highlights from our interview: Sal Daher Introduces Alex Sakatos, PhD Ancilia is Creating Ways to Protect Healthy Gut Bacteria from the Viruses That Can Attack Them “...these viruses could directly prevent the efficacy of bacterial therapies…” Founding Story of Ancilia “... we actually know very well the mechanisms by which bacteria become resistant to phages, and so we can actually directly engineer those bacteria to be resistant to our phages…” “So yeah, a co-founder is so helpful because founding a company is very, very lonely.” Alex Sakatos. PhD’s Decision to Become a Founder “...I leaped from academia into entrepreneurship was because I felt that there's more potential to actually develop research into therapies that impact patients.” “...I learned from being in academia...if you don't do it, it's not necessarily guaranteed that someone else will. So, I think that it's important for more scientists to take their work towards translation.” Parting Wisdom from Alex Sakatos

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