MicroQuin is a biotechnology company founded by Dr. Scott Robinson of Imperial College London and Yang Zheng of the University of Chicago. Focused on a novel and broadly impactful target, MicroQuin created smarter therapeutics to address the world’s most challenging diseases, with initial focus on cancer. MicroQuin was a 2018 MassChallenge Finalist (premier global accelerator) and winner of the CASIS/Boeing Prize to fund research on the International Space Station. The company is currently headquartered at the prestigious LabCentral in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA.
Scott Robinson, PhD
Dr. Scott Robinson holds a Ph.D. from Imperial College London where he specialized in cell stress signaling and cell death/survival pathways. Previously he worked for GlaxoSmithKline investigating drug candidates through proteomic analysis and target-based drug discovery techniques. Within academia Dr. Robinson has published numerous papers in world-leading scientific journals, including Nature. At MicroQuin, Dr. Robinson drives the company vision and leads all scientific efforts to drive its assets through scientific advancement, collaborative efforts and licensing agreements. Recently, he secured $750K funding from the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to develop MicroQuin technology on the International Space Station. Furthermore, Dr. Robinson has 8 years of Investment Banking experience in Risk Management and Quantitative Financial Modelling at Morgan Stanley and Nomura.
Yang Zheng is a biotech entrepreneur with experience in commercializing early stage life science technologies. At MicroQuin, he leads all business efforts including operations, finance and partnerships. Previously, he co-founded Oxalo Therapeutics (a University of Chicago spin-out) and is the company's Chief Operating Officer, securing $2.7M in investments and grants. Mr. Zheng has also served as the VP of Operations at Seurat Therapeutics and was the Director of Strategy and Operations at Clarix Imaging, helping the company raise over $2M in non-dilutive funding. Mr. Zheng received his B.A. in Business Economics from UCLA and is completing his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. At the University of Chicago, he worked closely with the Polsky Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UChicago as a Technology Venture Fellow to commercialize STEM research.