BioSurplus' Antonio Johnson with microscope winner Dr. Uri Lopatin, Assembly Pharmaceuticals.
BioSurplus’ Antonio Johnson with microscope winner Dr. Uri Lopatin, Assembly Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Uri Lopatin of Assembly Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Lopatin drew the winning ticket in BioSurplus’ VWR microscope raffle at the QB3@954 launch party.  The event was held on October 30 at the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences’ (QB3) new incubator facility near UCSF’s Mission Bay campus.

The new QB3 facility features 24,000 square feet of lab space and provides resident companies with the basic necessities needed to carry out their research.  It also provides ready access to the wider UCSF scientific community, as well as networking opportunities with other biotech startups in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Lopatin is a co-founder of Assembly Pharmaceuticals, a biotech startup operating out of QB3’s new space.  Assembly is seeking curative therapies for viral infections with a focus on Hepatitis B.  The company is commercializing science pioneered by another of its founders, Adam Zlotnick, PhD, at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. According to Dr. Lopatin, QB3@953 is an excellent fit as incubator to his startup:

“We are extremely happy with the incubator’s supportive culture and the commitment of both QB3 and Janssen Labs to advancing biotech startups in the Bay Area.  In addition to beautiful lab space, QB3@953 provides us with fabulous access to a great scientific community through its connections to the Mission Bay campus and beyond.  This is very valuable to our company both currently and as we move forward.”

Dr. Lopatin, a physician-scientist with a specialty in mucosal and viral immunology, has worked in both the public and private sectors.  He conducted research in mucosal immunology as a fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and has held positions at VPXL, Schering-Plough, Roche, and Gilead, where he was a senior director of clinical and translational research.

Mentoring the next generation is very important to Dr. Lopatin.  In addition to his roles at Assembly, he also serves as a mentor with the Thiel 20 Under 20 Fellowship.  Created in 2011 by PayPal founder Peter Thiel, the Fellowship gives no-strings-attached grants of $100,000 to entrepreneurs under the age of 20, allowing them to focus on their individual research and self-education.

He also serves as a fellow with the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative, a competitive program designed to foster members of the biosecurity community through participation in conferences, seminars, networking events and writing competitions.

BioSurplus congratulates Dr. Lopatin on winning the microscope giveaway.  We wish him the best of luck with his company and would like to thank him for his active role as a mentor to young scientists and entrepreneurs. [bsi_search keyword=’VWR microscope’ num_results=’9′]