• Our Team

  • Founders

    Maria Luisa Pineda, PhD

    Co-founder & CEO

    • Dr. Maria Luisa Pineda is a biologist with over 10 years of research experience.
    • For her undergraduate studies, Maria was awarded an endowment of $2 million dollars from the Goizueta Foundation and an NIH fellowship with the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC U*STAR) program.
    • Maria received her Ph.D. from the prestigious Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as an Arnold and Mabel Beckman graduate student and a William Randolph Hearst foundation scholar.
    • After graduating, she acquired investment experience in technology and life-sciences startup companies at Canrock Ventures and Golden Seeds, LLC.

    Martin Akerman, PhD

    Co-founder & CTO

    • Dr. Martin Akerman is a data scientist trained in biology and computer science with a PhD from Technion (Israel) and a post doctorate from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL).
    • As fellow at CSHL, he was part of Dr. Krainer’s laboratory, who developed Spinraza, the FDA approved RNA therapeutic drug to treat Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
    • The software developed by Dr. Akerman at CSHL constitutes the core of Envisagenics’ proprietary technology to design antisense drugs that modulate RNA splicing.
    • The predictive power of the computational tools developed by Dr. Akerman have been experimentally validated in the field of cancer research with over 20 scientific publications and more than 2000 citations in high impact journals
  • The Team

    Clockwise from left: Maria, Anson, Derrick, Udi, Adam, Robin, Sean, Tiffany, Gabi, Priyanka, and Martin

  • Scientific Advisory Board & Collaborators

    Adrian Krainer, PhD

    Professor & Program Chair

    Cancer & Molecular Biology Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

    Michael Q Zhang, PhD

    Professor & Director

    Center for Systems Biology University of Texas at Dallas



    Tsinghua University

    Yaniv Erlich, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Columbia University


    Core Member,

    New York Genome Center

    Michael Schatz, PhD

    Associate Research Professor

    Johns Hopkins University

    Thomas Tuschl, PhD

    Professor & Head of the Laboratory

    RNA Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University



    Howard Hughes Medical Institute