We have the experience and the passion to make a difference through our technology

We have what it takes to deliver breakthrough medicines.

Lassogen's mission is to unlock the full potential of our engineered Lassotides™ as a new therapeutic modality for diagnosing and treating some of our most intractable health challenges. Realizing our grand vision requires an outstanding team with the right skills, experience, and shared passion to turn great ideas into real cures.

It's all about the people. Meet our team.

Executive Team

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A serial entrepreneur, Mark has over 30 years of experience in academia and biotech/pharma at both small and large companies. He has built high performance teams, new technologies, platforms, IP portfolios, and product pipelines, from ideation to commercialization.  Mark earned a PhD in organic chemistry from Yale University and performed postdoctoral work at MIT with Nobel laureate Barry Sharpless. Mark has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and is an inventor on over 300 patents. Mark has received many honors and awards and has presented over 300 lectures at major conferences and universities.

Mark Burk

President & CEO, Founder

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As Lassogen's Chief Development Officer, Hiroko brings over 30 years of drug development experience to the team. Hiroko has led a wide range of programs at both large and small companies, including Pfizer, Aires, Neurogen, and Viking Therapeutics. Hiroko's expertise spans drug discovery, preclinical development, formulations development, and IND submissions for numerous drug candidates that are in advanced clinical trials. Hiroko earned a PhD at UCLA with Professor Robert Stevens, and conducted postdoctoral studies at MIT with Professor Barry Sharpless.

Hiroko Masmune

Chief Development Officer

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Meet our team

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Peter Jordan

Senior Scientist II, Discovery

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Gabriella Cruz

Scientist I, Synthetic Biology

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Bethany Okada

Scientist II, Analytical

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Kelsey Anderson

Senior Research Associate II, Analytical

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Ashwin Suresh

Senior Research Associate II, Molecular Biology

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Chris Rosario

Scientist I, Biochemistry and In Vitro Discovery

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Jessica Gordon

Research Associate II, Synthetic Biology

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Scott McPhee

Senior Research Associate II, Data Analytics

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Patrick Brunson

Scientist II, Evolution Technologies

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Manuel Garcia

Research Associate I, Analytical

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Emma Tsztoo

Research Associate I, Molecular Biology

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Co-founders

In addition to Mark Burk, our academic co-founders are:

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Professor Mitchell is a recognized leader in the fields of genome mining and natural products research, with an emphasis on understanding the biosynthesis, structure, and function of lasso peptides.  Doug wrote the algorithm called RODEO, which was trained by machine learning and unexpectedly revealed the broad prevalence and sequence diversity of lasso peptides in nature.  Doug and Lassogen are collaborating on various programs aimed at implementing cell-free technology for lasso peptide discovery and optimization.   PhD: UC Berkeley; Post-doc: UC, San Diego School of Medicine.

Prof. Douglas Mitchell, PhD

Lassogen Advisor

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Professor Handel is one of the foremost experts in the area of protein structure and function, with an emphasis on G protein-coupled receptors and the chemokine receptor subclass.  Tracy and her team determined some of first structures of chemokine receptors bound to ligands and has gained great insight into the structural requirements for binding and modulation of chemokine function.  Tracy and Lassogen are collaborating on the design of novel lasso peptides as high affinity ligands for chemokine receptors and other GPCRs.  PhD: California Institute of Technology;  Post-doc: DuPont Merck.

Prof. Tracy Handel, PhD

Lassogen Advisor

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Board Members

Our venture partners and board members

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What’s a Rich Text element?

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CEO and Founder, Lassogen

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Scientific and Clinical Advisors

We are excited to have an excellent panel of world class consultants assisting us on our mission

Join Lassogen today

We are always looking for talented people that share our passion for finding new ways to treat disease and help patients.  To inquire about our latest job openings, see below, and please visit our LinkedIn site at: Click Here

Join Lassogen today

We are always looking for talented people that share our passion for finding new ways to treat disease and help patients.  To inquire about our latest job openings, see below, and please visit our LinkedIn site at:  https://www.linkedin.com/company/lassogen/jobs/.

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