Eric Kelsic, PhD

Dyno Therapeutics, CEO

What is your current professional status?

CEO, Dyno Therapeutics

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization, bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)?

Biotech startup

What is your scientific area of research?

AAV gene therapy and capsid engineering

Why do you want to be a mentor?

Looking to meet and help anyone interested in entrepreneurial pursuits or who has questions about science in academia vs startups and industry. I cofounded an AAV gene therapy company based on work from my postdoc and feel startups are a fulfilling way to combine exciting and fast moving science with collaborative mission-focused teamwork. Happy to share lessons from what we've learned along the way, or provide advice to new ventures. Also open to discussing our work at Dyno Therapeutics, where we are developing new approaches to AAV capsid engineering that combine high-throughput screening with data science and machine learning.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

Making friends and building relationships

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

  • Compatibility of Scientific Specialties: 2
  • Geographic Location: 5
  • Professional Status / Success: 5
  • Compatibility of Career Path: 1
  • Communication Style: 1

Please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy:

Physicist, then systems biologist and bioengineer, now entrepreneur and founder of Dyno Therapeutics, an AAV gene therapy company in Cambridge, MA.

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