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Cool Company 2024

We’re a Cool Company and we have the badge to prove it!!2024 Cool Company Badge

We are honored and proud to announce that Connect has named EXOKERYX as a 2024 Cool Company. “Cool Companies is Connect’s annual program designed to match San Diego’s top-performing technology and life sciences startups ready to raise Series A- with quality venture capital.” We truly appreciate Connect, the judges, and the Cool Company sponsors for this recognition and the opportunities it represents. We're  also excited to engage, learn, and share with our Cool Companies cohort. Learn more about the program at this link.


EXOKĒRYX is based in San Diego, California, considered one of the world’s top biotech centers. The founding team is multidisciplinary and broadly experienced in research, development, volume manufacturing, and compliance. Richard Young, CEO of EXOKĒRYX, has an extensive background in manufacturing, operations and finance and has worked in executive leadership for over 20 years. Bryan Rice Ph.D., CTO of EXOKĒRYX, has a broad semiconductor background, having started his career at Intel and then moved to Sematech, Global Foundries and several biotech companies. Amber Murray, Ph.D., leads the bio-assay product development and brings extensive experience in biotech product development at Exact Sciences and other biotech companies doing liquid biopsy and bio-analysis products. More information is available at:


 About Connect

Connect is one of the nation’s first startup accelerators, founded in 1985 by the University of California San Diego. UCSD in partnership with the San Diego Regional EDC and private sector businesses, recognized the opportunity to establish an organization to transform San Diego’s growing research capabilities into an economic driver to increase the prosperity of the region.

San Diego Venture Group was established in 1986 with the goal of bringing together people interested in new ventures and furthering individual companies in order to support the overall innovation economy.

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