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Dr. Alex Tkachenko

Alex Tkachenko, Ph.D., joined Siluria at its inception in 2008 as President and co-founder of the company, and led Siluria for its first five years. Under Dr. Tkachenko’s leadership, Siluria grew from one-person incubation effort to an outstanding 40-person team; solved numerous technical challenges; raised three venture rounds totaling $65M; won multiple industry awards; and was widely profiled in popular and trade press. Dr. Tkachenko started his industry career with Genentech, where he led the development and implementation of Companion Diagnostics initiative, and was later with Hana Biosciences, as VP of Business Development and Corporate Planning. Earlier, Dr. Tkachenko served as a squad leader in the Soviet Army and completed a tour of combat duty in Afghanistan. A Ph.D. biochemist, Dr. Tkachenko also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. 


Dr. Angela Belcher
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Belcher is the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT where she developed her bio-templated nanowire technology.  Angela Belcher is a world renowned materials chemist with expertise in biomaterials, biomolecular materials, organic-inorganic interfaces, and solid-state chemistry. She received her B.S. in Creative Studies and her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from The University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Belcher joined the faculty at MIT as the John Chipman Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering in 2002. In 2006 she was appointed Germeshausen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering. She was awarded the 24th annual MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the 2004 Four Star General Recognition Award. Her research has been published in numerous scientific journals and she is the academic founder of Siluria.

Edward P. Djerejian
Rice University
Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian is the founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. His career in the U.S. Foreign Service spanned the administrations of eight presidents from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. Mr. Djerejian is a leading expert on national security, foreign policy and the complex political, security, economic, energy, religious and ethnic issues of the Middle East and South Asia. Prior to his nomination by President Bill Clinton as U.S. ambassador to Israel, he served both President George H.W. Bush and President Clinton as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs and President Ronald Reagan and President Bush as U.S. ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic. He was special assistant to President Reagan and deputy press secretary for foreign affairs in the White House. Mr. Djerejian has holds the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award, the President's Meritorious Service Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s Moral Statesman Award, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is also a recipient of the Association of Rice Alumni’s Gold Medal, the group’s most prestigious award, for his service to the university. In 2011, Mr. Djerejian was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers. Also in 2011, he was named to the board of trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

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