VALIS about page description
Our mission is to build tools that empower researchers to develop precision patient care and life changing therapeutics.
Our Team
Salik Syed
Founder & CEO
Salik Syed
Founder & CEO
Salik is the CEO and founder of VALIS. Prior to starting he was CEO and co-founder of Parastructure, one of the first business intelligence platforms for Hadoop. The company raised $2.5mm led by Accel Partners and sold to Dropbox in 2014. Parastructure technology now powers Dropbox’s data pipeline for over 500 million users. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur Salik was a graduate student in Computer Science at Stanford University where he worked on the DARPA funded autonomous driving project Junior with Sebastian Thrun. Salik holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Chris Probert
Founding Scientific Advisor
Chris Probert
Founding Scientific Advisor
Chris is a Computational Biology PhD student at Stanford funded by an NSF Fellowship, where he works on applying deep learning to important problems in cancer functional genomics, especially focusing on analysis of cell-free DNA. Chris holds a BS and MS in Computer Science, and has previously worked on product R&D at Google, Counsyl, and Illumina. He is passionate about the mission of VALIS, and believes in the potential to significantly improve progress in genomics-focused life sciences through improved analysis tools and data infrastructure.
Peyton Greenside PhD
Founding Scientific Advisor
Peyton Greenside PhD
Founding Scientific Advisor
Peyton Greenside is a Schmidt Science Fellow at Stanford University. Her research focuses on machine learning applications in genomics, with a focus on building and interpreting deep learning models to understand genomic and epigenomic data. She received a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University, an MPhil in Computational Biology from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Applied Math from Harvard University. She has worked as a computational biologist at the Broad Institute and at Verily.
Yudong Qiu
Founding Engineer
Yudong Qiu
Founding Engineer
Yudong is the chief architect of VALIS’ query engine SIRIUS. Yudong holds a Ph.D. in computational chemistry from the University of Georgia. Prior to VALIS he was a postdoc at the University of California Davis where he worked on distributed computing platforms for Quantum molecular dynamics simulations in the. L.P Wang Chemistry group. His work in quantum chemistry and molecular dynamics has led to over ten peer-reviewed papers.
George Corney
Founding Engineer
George Corney
Founding Engineer
George specializes in computer graphics and has a passion for building high-quality software products. He is the chief architect of the VALIS genome browser. His previous work with Microsoft, LG and Met Office has reached millions of users – including award winning projects such as David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef. George holds a BSc in Physics & Astrophysics from Sheffield University.
Ananth Sridhar
Advisor, Partnerships
Ananth Sridhar
Advisor, Partnerships
Ananth is a Senior Director of Corporate Development at Eidos Therapeutics, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company. Prior to Eidos, he has worked in various functions at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, including New Products Planning, Investor Relations, and Business Development. At Regeneron, Ananth helped to establish critical partnerships for the Regeneron Genetics Center, a world leading and fully integrated genomics program that has sequenced over 300,000 exomes to date. Ananth holds a BS with Honors in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Partners
Investors
VALIS is privately funded by some of the world's most notable angel investors.