Rupak Doshi (CEO) and Norman Huang (COO) have successfully worked together in various capacities for nearly 5 years (co-founders, co-author on research paper, internship, and career/research-advising). Their rapport and camaraderie encouraged them to apply as co-founders to Launch Factory's Founder's Recruitment Process in 2019, which they won from a national pool of almost 200 applicants. This win resulted in the creation of OmniSync Incorporated as Launch Factory's first portfolio company (Read press article).
Rupak has over 15 years of experience across startups, industry, and academia. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK and conducted postdoctoral research on biofuels and antibody discovery at prestigious institutions like The Scripps Research Institute and UC San Diego. He has worked at the biopharmaceutical company, InhibRx Inc. (2016-2019, La Jolla), where he developed and optimized therapeutic antibodies/antibody-enzyme conjugates for cancer treatment. He was previously the founder of a biochemical process tech company, RVIntelligence (2004-2006, India), which discovered and developed 'Oxy-DNA'; a combination cancer treatment, two consumer biotech companies; Swaasthya (2006-2007, India), a non-permethrin-based mosquito repellent product, which was sold to JAKS Group, and Arena Sciences (2013-2016, San Diego), a sports/active lifestyle innovation that had among its clients, the San Francisco 49ers, national-level triathletes, and personnel from the US military. He was instrumental in developing business models and establishing industry-partnerships for a potential UC San Diego spin-off, RecomBind (2015-2016) in the area of antibody discovery automaton tools/services.
Norman is a bioengineer, with experience across startups and academia. A Ph.D. from UC San Diego, he has over 7 years of research experience at the interface of biology, hardware engineering, and machine-learning. During his Ph.D., Norman developed tools to quantify intracellular and cell-surface RNA, with comparative data against the industry standard clinical assays. These tools are in the process of being spun-out into a startup. Norman was the founder of EatSafe (2013-2019, San Diego), a food biotech company that developed and patented a miniaturized, portable food-spoilage detector, and received funding from the National Science Foundation and Google (modular phone project). He was also co-founder and CTO of Arena Sciences (2013-2016, San Diego), a consumer biotech company, with a sports/active lifestyle innovation that had among its clients, the San Francisco 49ers, national-level triathletes, and personnel from the US military.
Launch Factory is a startup studio in San Diego that co-founded OmniSync as its first portfolio company, with a pre-seed investment of $300,000. Brad Chisum, CEO of Launch Factory was the founder and CEO of Lumedyne in San Diego that got acquired by Google in 2015 for $85M. James Hereford, COO of Launch Factory, previously worked at Google as Chief of Staff in Tech Engineering, and at Chevron as Sr. Renewables Analyst.