meet the founders
celldom is a duke university startup founded in february 2016.
Zachary Forbes PhD
President & CEO, Co-Founder
Zach is Duke alumni and a veteran R&D executive who started out as a young professor of surgery, later advancing to industry to develop life-saving products for companies like BD and Philips. He has over a decade of successful global product development experience with proven results in turning great technologies into profitable, customer-centric solutions. Zach relocated from Shanghai to North Carolina to join Ben and Kris in the foundation of Celldom, and would never look back. When not in the lab, he is often in Africa helping to develop tourism and healthcare infrastructure in the likes of South Sudan, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Rwanda among others.
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Benjamin Yellen PhD
Acting CTO, Co-Founder
Ben is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. He is an established expert in particle manipulation technology and the primary inventor of our core technology. Ben and Zach have been close friends for decades, and was responsible for bringing Zach on as CEO and Kris as our top scientist. He is relentless in his determination to deliver our technology to scientists and clinicians in every corner of the globe.
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Kris Wood PhD
Acting CSO, Co-Founder
Kris is an Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology & Pharmacology at Duke University's School of Medicine. Kris' experience at MIT and the Whitehead Institute guided his established expertise in genomic technology, drug resistance, cancer biology, and drug discovery workflow. Kris joined celldom when he realized that the technology would give the cellular research community, including his own labs, the power to do the previously unimaginable. He will inspire you, but don't just take our word for it.
Visit Kris's laboratory website