/Company/Management Team
Blake Simmons, (Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder):

With 15 years of business management experience related to startup biotechnology companies Blake has an expert understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the OMICs market. While serving as the Site Leader in Huntsville, AL for Thermo Fisher Scientific, he was responsible for business operations associated with RNAi, cDNA and other large-scale genomic resources. Blake was an integral part of startup Open Biosystems and served as Director of Operations with responsibility for all aspects of development, maintenance, manufacturing and world-wide delivery of genome-scale gene content. Between 1996 and 2002 Blake worked at Research Genetics (acquired by Invitrogen in 2000) where he managed the manufacturing and distribution of genomic research tools, including the world’s largest collection of cDNA clones. Blake received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Rusla Du Breuil, PhD, (Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder):

Rusla is a senior scientific professional with 25 years of research experience spanning both academic and commercial entities, specializing in OMICs technology development and associated intellectual property. Rusla most recently was Associate Director of R&D at Thermo Fisher Scientific and successfully completed the development of several new products that contributed to the growth of the gene modulation portfolio. Previously, Rusla worked as a research scientist at startup Open Biosystems and later had responsibilities for scientific collaborations with academic and commercial partners, as well as directing the R&D team. Prior to Open Biosystems, Rusla worked as a scientist at Research Genetics, developing high throughput methodologies for the screening of molecular lesions. Rusla started her career in the molecular diagnostics of leukemias and lymphomas, developing high-throughput screening techniques for molecular diagnostics. Rusla has a PhD in Molecular Medicine from University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.