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Liran Belenzon on His Start-Up Journey


What is a bench scientist?

Bench scientists are biomedical researchers that work in either pharma companies, biotech, academic institutions or not-for-profits. Their job is to conduct biological experiments to try and understand how different diseases work. The hope is that their experiments lead to breakthroughs or even cures for a wide variety of diseases.

How did you and your co-founders come up with the idea for your company?

BenchSci has four co-founders, and I am the only non-scientist on the team. Two of our founders [Elvis Wianda, Chief Data Scientist and David Chen, Chief Technology Officer] are computational biologists with PhDs in Neuroimaging. The other co-founder is our Chief Scientist Tom Leung, who actually came up with the idea for the company.

Dr. Leung has a PhD in Epigenetics and was previously a bench scientist conducting cancer research. He was really

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