Meet Our Team

Who We Are

We have assembled the most creative and innovative core business team and seasoned scientists from top Universities and leading Companies in synthetic biology and bio engineering. Our team has rapidly achieved a revolutionary scientific platform and built a scalable, state-of-the-art production facility to create natural and novel molecules, rare ingredients and compounds for our clients and medicines for patients with serious unmet medical needs.

Sher Ali Butt

Sher Ali Butt

CEO/Co-Founder

Sher founded CB Therapeutics with his college friend Jacob Vogan with a clear vision for developing scientific thought leadership in Fermentation Science and Cellular Agriculture. His business experience, leadership skills along with his scientific background are the ideal combination to build CB Therapeutics into a successful enterprise.

He was formerly the Co-Founder of and CSO of a Laboratory testing firm and has worked for a number of leading Pharmaceutical and Wellness Product companies. Sher has a B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from UC Davis and an MBA from the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego.

Jacob Vogan

Jacob Vogan

CSO/Co-Founder

Jacob’s passion for biology has been fully focused on improving the human condition. In college at UC Davis his studies were focused on bioengineering. At UCSF he was using molecular biology and biochemistry to understand the process of heart failure. At UC Berkeley, for his PhD and Post-Doc he was developing a clearer understanding of cellular aging and the regulation of cellular metabolism.

At CB Therapeutics he is fully focused on protein and genetic engineering to create yeast that turns sustainable feed stocks into therapeutic compounds. When not furthering the science of cellular agriculture in the lab, Jacob thinks about being in the lab to further the science of cellular agriculture.

Paul Schindler

Paul Schindler

Vice President Business Development

Paul manages the outreach to key strategic partners and customers for CB Therapeutics and the positioning for all outward facing touch points. His career in Program Management and Business Development has spanned the worlds of Education with key roles at Stanford Medical School and San Jose State to Business Development roles at leading technology and biotechnology companies. He has a Bachelors from UC Davis and a MS from California State University Sacramento.

Thanos Karavokiris

Thanos Karavokiris

Vice President Operations

Thanos makes sure that things are running smoothly on the ground at CB Therapeutics for both the business and laboratory operations. He has held several key executive positions at a number of multi-national and Fortune 500 technology companies in finance and operational management functions as well as taking one company through an IPO. In addition to currently completing his Doctorate in Strategic Management, he has a Masters in International Business Administration (MIBA) and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from United States International University (USIU), San Diego, CA.

Laura Peiffer

Laura Peiffer

Associate Director, R&D

Laura is a dedicated member of the CB Therapeutics research team with experience as a molecular biologist, microbiologist, and genetic engineer. She has more than eight years in key research roles and bio-industrial experience in the pharmaceutical industry and metabolic engineering. Laura has a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Duke University and a PH.D. in Cell Biology from UC Irvine.

Erin Scott

Erin Scott

Associate Director, Microbiology

Erin is an accomplished microbial geneticist with 7 years of industrial experience with multiple yeasts. Extensive experience in synthetic biology, molecular biology, metabolism, microbiology and enzymology to engineer microbes that generate renewable fuels, chemicals and other molecules of interest. She has a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a Ph.D. from UC San Diego in Biology.

Jim Wade

Jim Wade

Director, Analytical Chemistry

Jim heads up CB Therapeutics analytical chemistry efforts and is an experienced professional in developing, validating, and documenting new analytical methods. He has worked in a broad range of industries, including food ingredients, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, polymers and advanced materials, high-energy materials and biotechnology. He has a B.A. in Chemistry from Carleton College and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

Tyrone Yacoub

Tyrone Yacoub

Senior Bioinformatician

Tyrone is focused on reprogramming yeast and bacteria by applying computational tools to analyze data and drive CB Therapeutics’ product and process development forward. He has extensive research experience as a graduate student and post-doc at Northwestern University in a broad range of scientific pursuits. Tyrone has a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis.

Christine Eisenberg

Christine Eisenberg

Lead Fermentation Scientist

Prior to her role as a Fermentation Scientist at CB Therapeutics, Christine has been a Fermentation Researcher for the last seven years with increasing scope of responsibility and experience. Previously she owned a web design and search engine optimization company for ten years. She has numerous Biotechnology Professional Certificates and a B.S. in Microbiology from CSU Long Beach.

Diana Castillo

Diana Castillo

Laboratory Manager

Diana handles all the details of running our laboratory facility. In her prior laboratory experience, she worked her way from an inexperienced lab assistant to the Laboratory
Manager in less than five years. She has molecular biology experience and a number of professional biotechnology certifications.

Tyler Huelsman

Tyler Huelsman

Senior Research Associate

Tyler is a key member of the CB Therapeutics research team. His background in strain engineering, protein engineering, molecular biology, systems biology, and chemical process engineering is of great value to the development of our production methods and process. He was an Amgen Scholar at UC San Diego where he received a MS in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton.

Brittany Ferrell

Brittany Ferrell

Senior Research Associate - Bio

Brittany is a Senior Research Associate with a demonstrated history of working in the biotechnology industry. She is able to apply her previous experience working with yeast metabolics and molecular biology skills to support key projects at CB Therapeutics. She has a strong research background with a Bachelor’s degree focused in General Biology from the University of California, San Diego.

Kirsten Tang

Kirsten Tang

Research Associate - Bio

Kirsten uses her research background in working alongside CB Therapeutics strain engineers to ensure experiments are performed with accuracy and efficiency. In her spare time she enjoys photography, running, and swimming. Kirsten received her BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UCSD.

Rachel Burnett

Rachel Burnett

Research Associate - Analytical

Rachel is an analytical chemist and uses her background in analytical method development to help quantify biosynthetic compounds at CB Therapeutics. Along with Dr. Wade, she helps keep the analytical department running efficiently and ensures accurate analytical results for the entire company. Rachel received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Arizona.

Beatriz Sanchez

Beatriz Sanchez

Fermentation Associate

Beatriz’s knowledge and experience with bioreactors both small and mid-scale are invaluable to the entire Fermentation department providing key support for the progress of our production strain.  In her spare time, Beatriz loves to go to San Diego Padres Baseball games with her lovely family as well as visit the beaches in Carlsbad. Beatriz is a graduate of San Diego Miramar College.

Lilibeth Loumakis

Lilibeth Loumakis

Laboratory Technician

Lillibeth’s unique education in fermentation processes makes her an invaluable team member to the entire Fermentation department. Lilibeth has a strong interest in Biotechnological sciences, which became her passion after her previous work as a pharmacy technician. Lilibeth is also recently married and enjoys spending practicing MMA and competing on occasion. She is a graduate of Miracosta College with a BS in Fermentation and Biomanufacturing (RnD, A.S.).

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