R. James Taylor
Currently I am the CEO and Co-Founder of Precision NanoSystems, an innovative startup at the convergence of nano-, micro-, and bio-technology.
I completed a Ph.D. in Genetics at the Institute for Systems Biology and an Engineering Physics degree at the University of British Columbia. My Ph.D. research was highly multi-disciplinary, where I focused on the development of computation and experimental platforms for conducting systems biology analysis of cellular systems. Concurrent with my Ph.D., I was a venture capital fellow at the exciting and successful early-stage VC firm, the Accelerator Corp.
Following my Ph.D. I spent a year and a half working at the very interesting commercialization accelerator in Vancouver, the Centre for Drug Research and Development, where I lead the development of technologies that impact the emerging field of personalized medicine. This effort is ongoing and continuing to gain momentum.
Like all good multi-disciplinarists, I have lead or been involved in an array of projects spanning many different technologies including: proteomic diagnostics, microassay instrumentation, molecular biology, nanoparticle drug delivery systems, systems genetics, semantic-web systems, crowd-sourcing platforms, optical integrated chips, wireless hardware, and others.
I also lead the creation an open-source market research resource, the BioVenturist with a good friend of mine, Ben Good. Check out the site, it’s a little underdeveloped but pretty cool.