Tariq Warsi is the CEO and Co-founder of Syntheseas, Inc. Tariq is a skilled scientist, venture capital advisor, start-up mentor, and entrepreneur, with experience across the academic and industrial sectors. He is experienced in engineering a variety of model and non-model organisms and is widely viewed as an expert in delivering bench-to-commercial scale manufacturing capabilities. He also serves as a frequent contributor to several VC's, performing scientific due diligence, and has advised on investing in some of the preeminent companies in the synthetic biology industry. Tariq was a Senior Scientist at Amgen, managing programs in cell and gene therapy. He has worked as a Staff Scientist at Stanford University, where he was developing a CRISPR-based system for genome-wide screens in yeast and mammalian cells. Tariq previously worked as a Senior Scientist at Aurora Algae, engineering microalgae for the production of omega-3 fatty acids and biofuels, and is the lead author on several patents. Tariq received his BS in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Riverside. Tariq was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School.
Phil Cruver is the co-founder of Syntheseas, Inc. and Founder and CEO of Catalina Sea Ranch. He is the founder of four start-up companies and has served as CEO of two publicly-traded companies. He is Co-founder of KZO Sea Farms and the former Chairman of KZO Innovations, Inc., a venture capital funded software company. Phil also founded and is the former CEO of International Dynergy Inc., a publicly traded company that installed $50 million of wind turbine generators in Palm Springs, CA. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Auto-Train Corporation, an American Stock Exchange Company. Mr. Cruver has published over 100 articles in national magazines and trade journals relating to his various businesses. Additionally, Mr. Cruver has obtained two patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office