Founding Team


Robert Rhinehart

General Partner

Rob is an entrepreneur and inventor from Atlanta, GA. He graduated Y Combinator's Summer 2012 class with Level RF, an innovative radio technology used to provide internet access to the developing world. Rob currently serves as Executive Chairman at Soylent, a company he founded in 2013.

While CEO of the company, Soylent won BevNet's "Best New Product" award, and is currently available in over 15,000 retail locations. Rob has been honored as a top entrepreneur by Goldman Sachs, and was listed on both Forbes' and Inc.'s "30 Under 30" lists.

"We have witnessed the Golden Age of aviation. The world is now smaller. We have lived through the Golden Age of computing. A universe of information is now available at your fingertips. These are nothing. Nothing compared to the wonders to be brought by the Golden Age of Biology that is now upon us. The world will change. Everything will change. From the skies above down to your fingertips."

Arye Lipman

General Partner

Arye is an entrepreneur from Big Sur, CA. He was a member of the founding team at ImaginAb, a UCLA spinout focused on antibody-based imaging agents for therapy management in immuno-oncology.

The company raised over $40m and has several drug candidates in clinical trials. Arye holds a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UCLA and serves as a board member and advisor for various life sciences startups and accelerator programs in Southern California, including LabLaunch, LARTA, Biocom, and The L4b.

"We are a tool using species - biotechnology is the greatest tool yet discovered. It will be the key to our survival here on Earth, and key to our transformation into a spacefaring civilization."

Llewellyn Cox

General Partner

Llewellyn is an entrepreneur from Gillingham, Kent, England. He founded LabLaunch, the leading biotechnology incubator network in Southern California, and BioBuilt, a firm that assists early-stage companies in building lab space.

Llewellyn received a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at Cardiff University, before moving to New York City to perform postdoc research in neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College. Llewellyn is an adjunct professor at Keck Medicine of USC where he teaches translational biology and science communications.

"The greatest challenge to the future of humanity is to feed, fuel, and heal all people in an era of increasingly scarce resources. Only life itself has the power to sustainably address these needs, both on the evermore crowded Earth and the resource-poor environment of space."