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Using genetic editing to create custom cell lines for biological research in 80% less time than current technology

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Biotechnology
  • Location Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded September 2018
  • Employees 2
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website xpresscells.com

Company Summary

ExpressCells uses genetic editing to create custom cell lines for biological research. Our approach uses CRISPR plus our patent-pending plasmid system to create pure cell lines in 80% less time than current technology. Our living cells replicate diseases or have proteins glow in multiple colors, speeding drug development. Via multi-channel marketing (e-commerce, online promotion, publications, distributors), we plan to generate revenue in 2019.


  • Matt Handel has over 25 years in life sciences. A graduate of Princeton and MIT, Matt has worked in product development, business development, and commercial roles at both Merck and Shire. He is an experienced fund-raiser, operations lead, and sits on several Boards. This is his third start-up.

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    Founder and Scientific Advisor

    Oscar Perez Leal, MD, has been at Temple University for 15 years, where he conducts research on biochemistry and molecular biology. Oscar is currently a professor in the School of Pharmacy and is an inventor on multiple patents, including ExpressCells’ technology. He has both medical and business degrees.

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    Commercial & Strategy Advisor

    David Becker, MD, has provided consulting, communication, and strategic guidance to pharma and biotech companies for over 20 years. As President of the Exeter Group, he sold services into leading life sciences companies and worked with senior executives. David has taken a lead in developing the commercial approaches for ExpressCells. A trained physician, he is a graduate of Yale, NYU Medical School, and the Sloan School at MIT.

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    Finance & Operations Adviser

    Connie Davies has a broad background in finance covering many industries. She is Principal of CD Advisory Services, LLC serving startups and development companies in life science. An alumna from Shire, Connie has worked with SaaS and consultancy firms, IT customized technology management, and biotech development companies. She brings a critical eye and optimized approach in business planning and execution.