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Rich Stoner

Chief Scientific Officer

Rich Stoner is a serial entrepreneur at the intersection of engineering and biology.


Most recently, Rich was the Chief Scientific Officer at Synthego, a venture-backed CRISPR genome engineering startup based in the Bay Area where he led the development of guide RNA manufacturing systems, as well as advanced CRISPR design tools and analysis software. While there, Rich defined the company’s scientific vision and built a vibrant research organization, leading a team of multidisciplinary engineers and scientists to build the next generation of automated cell engineering tools.


Prior to Synthego, Rich started and advised numerous Bay Area and San Diego-based startups while pursuing an academic path in parallel. As a postdoctoral fellow at UC San Diego, he studied early biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Among other projects, Rich built cloud-scale MRI analysis pipelines, published on neuroanatomical pathologies of Autism, and developed novel eye-tracking software systems for early screening and intervention. Around the same time, he launched and sold WholeSlide Inc., a mobile software platform to visualize high-resolution digital pathology images, and led the development of over a dozen technical programs and collaborations at top-tier research institutions, including MIT, Emory, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


Rich obtained a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh with an emphasis in neural engineering. His work centered around microfluidic cell culture platforms and computational models of synaptic plasticity.


Rich has been writing software for over twenty-five years and is constantly trying to find ways to bring technologies from disparate fields together to solve problems. He loves going from zero to one. Don’t ask him about two.


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