History

Computer-aided design has transformed our world

Every engineering discipline has been revolutionized by computer-aided design in the past 50 years.

1970

Today

Computer engineering

Semiconductor circuits were once laid out manually, with scalpels and stencils being the primary tools to pattern silicon with photolithography.

intel
Altium designer

1970

Today

Computer engineering

Computer-aided design has enabled our digital world, putting a supercomputer with billions of transistors in your pocket.

intel
Altium designer

1970

Today

Aerospace engineering

Stencils, rulers, and protractors were once the most precise tools at aerospace engineers' disposal.

intel
Altium designer

1970

Today

Aerospace engineering

Computer-aided design transformed our ability to understand aerodynamics and thrust, enabling reusable rockets for orbital transportation.

a white and blue robot
intel
Altium designer

1970

Today

Structural engineering

Paper and pencil were the tools of the trade for structural engineers to manually design bridges and buildings.

intel
Altium designer

1970

Today

Structural engineering

Computer-aided design enabled humanity to push the limits of the built environment, transforming city skylines across the world.

intel
Altium designer

1970

Today

Computer engineering

Semiconductor circuits were once laid out manually, with scalpels and stencils being the primary tools to pattern silicon with photolithography.

intel
Altium designer

1970

Today

Computer engineering

Computer-aided design has enabled our digital world, putting a supercomputer with billions of transistors in your pocket.

intel
Altium designer

1912

Today

Aerospace engineering

Stencils, rulers, and protractors were once the most precise tools at aerospace engineers' disposal.

Mechanical Drawing Class
T-flex cad

1912

Today

Aerospace engineering

Computer-aided design transformed our ability to understand aerodynamics and thrust, enabling reusable rockets for orbital transportation.

a white and blue robot
Mechanical Drawing Class
T-flex cad

1970

Today

Structural engineering

Paper and pencil were the tools of the trade for structural engineers to manually design bridges and buildings.

Mechanical Drawing Class
T-flex cad
Altium designer

1970

Today

Structural engineering

Computer-aided design enabled humanity to push the limits of the built environment, transforming city skylines across the world.

Mechanical Drawing Class
T-flex cad
Altium designer
History

Computer-aided design has transformed our world

Every engineering discipline has been revolutionized by computer-aided design in the past 50 years.

Intel

Computer engineering

Semiconductor circuits were once laid out manually, with scalpels and stencils being the primary tools to pattern silicon with photolithography.

Altium designer

Computer engineering

Computer-aided design made our digital world possible, putting a supercomputer with billions of transistors in your pocket.

Mechanical Drawing Class

Aerospace engineering

Rulers, protractors, and book-based tables of mathematical functions were once the most precise tools at aerospace engineers' disposal.

Space-X

Aerospace engineering

Computer-aided design transformed our ability to understand aerodynamics and thrust, enabling reusable rockets for orbital transportation.

a white and blue robot

Technical Drafter

Structural engineering

Paper and pencil were the tools of the trade for structural engineers to manually design bridges and buildings.

Libre CAD

Structural engineering

Computer-aided design enabled humanity to push the limits of the built environment, transforming city skylines across the world.

We’re building the first CAD platform for biology

By applying abstraction, standardization, characterization, and modeling to biology, we aim to transition genetic engineering into a fully-fledged engineering discipline.

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Genetic engineering

Historically, the only ubiquitous software tool in genetic engineering was a DNA sequence viewer, a low-level text editor for A, T, G, and C.

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Genetic engineering

We are building a true computer-aided design platform to advance the precision and reliability of engineering complex genetic systems.

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Our story so far

As genetic designers, we started Asimov to build the tools we always wanted.

Chris Voigt at his MIT laboratory
Chris Voigt at his MIT laboratory

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Roots in the Voigt and Densmore labs

Our company's story begins in the labs of our co-founders, Chris Voigt (MIT) and Doug Densmore (Boston University). Over the course of a multi-year collaboration, Chris and Doug worked to build the foundations of genetic logic circuit design to program living cells. Alec Nielsen, Asimov's co-founder and CEO, joined the Voigt lab as a PhD student during this time.

Chris Voigt at his MIT laboratory
Chris Voigt at his MIT laboratory

02

Cello for genetic circuit design

In 2016, Chris, Doug, Alec, and collaborators at NIST released Cello, a platform for automated genetic circuit design. Cello was made possible through extensively-engineered modular genetic logic gates, standardized host cells, and software for algorithmic design and simulation.

Raja Srinivas, Chris Voigt, Alec Nielsen, and Doug Densmore, founders of Asimov

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Asimov founded to tackle genetic design

In 2017, Chris, Doug, Alec, and Raja Srinivas founded Asimov, receiving early backing from Andreessen Horowitz and DARPA. Our approach stems from the same philosophy used for Cello – integrate state-of-the-art synthetic biology in the lab with computational tools.

Scientists collaborating at the MIT-Broad Foundry

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MIT-Broad Foundry joins Asimov

The MIT-Broad Foundry joined Asimov to supercharge our synthetic biology R&D. The Foundry was created in 2013 as an institute for advanced genetic design with support from DARPA's Living Foundries and Thousand Molecules programs.

our values

Ours is a culture of recombination

Diverse shapes

Recombination

Genetic engineering recombines genes from different species into new systems. At Asimov, we're working toward an ambitious mission that will only be possible by recombining disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives.
Stairs leading up

Mission first

Our prime directive is to radically advance humanity’s ability to design living systems, enabling biological technologies with outsized societal benefit. Every decision flows from this mission.
Education and understanding

Continuous learning

Biotech is advancing rapidly – we’re surfing that wave and also helping drive it forward. A curiosity to learn new things and an ability to teach other team members is critical to living at the cutting edge.
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Thoughtful communication

Our team comes from varied technical domains; we constantly strive to consider people's backgrounds, tailoring our communication to maximize understanding and alignment.
Continuous growth

Evolution

As we grow, we’re unafraid to evolve, adapt, and improve all aspects of our company's technology, products, and operations. We must avoid getting trapped in a local optimum.
Our team

Meet our people

Alex Aguilar

Senior Operations Technician

Kwasi Amoako

Research Associate II

Charlie Andrews

Staff Product Engineer

Julie Andriolo

VP Finance

Laura Avram

Senior Software Engineer

Xander Balwit

Asimov Press

Kami Boers

Senior Software Engineer

Nathaniel Braffman

Scientist II

Jenny Breselow

Talent Acquisition Lead

Adam Carcella

Scientist

Arturo Casini

Senior Scientist, Team Lead

Michelle Chang

Senior Synthetic Biologist

Gong Cheng

Head of Analytical Sciences

Dylan Chitwood

Scientist

HaeWon Chung

Senior Synthetic Biologist

Joe Collins

Scientist II

Jorge Conde

Board Member, a16z

Lucas Corley

Senior Software Engineer

Martín Cárcamo

Senior Director Commercial Product Strategy

Max Dalla Porta

Senior Software Engineer

Nick De La Torre

Scientist II

Connor Denman

Senior Software Engineer

Douglas Densmore

Co-Founder

Manali Desai

Research Associate II

Kate Dray

Computational Biologist

Brendan Eder

Associate Scientist II

Omar El-Gouch

Senior Associate Scientist

Amanda Embree

Senior Automation Engineer

Nick Emery

Software Engineer II

Scott Estes

Head of Cell Line Development

Alina Ferdman

Senior Software Engineer

Jamie Freeman

Vice President, Business Development

Jeremy Gam

Principal Synthetic Biologist

Imroz Ghangas

Senior Director of Business Development

Luis Gonzalez

Research Associate II

Akash Gopaluni

Senior Associate Scientist

Ben Gordon

Chief Innovation Officer

Zach Gottlieb

Technical Lead Manager

Julie Hachey

Senior Scientist, Team Lead

Traci Haddock

Director of Community

Ed Hall

Scientist II

Emily Hickman

Research Associate

Ian Hill

Senior Synthetic Biologist

Brianna Jayanthi

Senior Synthetic Biologist

Will Johnson

Head of Process Modeling

Aida Kalantari

Senior Scientist

Rachel Kelemen

Synthetic Biologist II

Szilvia Kiriakov

Senior Computational Biologist

Ravi Kommajosyula

Senior Computational Scientist

Ally Kotopoulos

Senior Research Associate

Thibault Laurent

Strategic Alliance Director

Kevin LeShane

Head of Software Design

Michael Leahy

Research Associate II

David Lei

Associate Scientist

Michael Leonard

Synthetic Biologist

Paulena Lieske

Principal Scientist

Ao Liu

Scientist

Devon Mars

Senior Software Engineer

Niko McCarty

Asimov Press

Paul McCracken

Board Member, CPPIB

Jeff McMahan

Synthetic Biologist II

Han Mei

Scientist II

Anaïs Moisy

Lead User Experience Designer

Kevin Muszynski

Associate Scientist II

Wendy Ni

Research Associate II

Alec Nielsen

Co-founder & CEO

Casey O'Connor

Associate Scientist II

Alec Olson

Lead Bioinformatics Engineer

Jaclyn Ostrowski

Head of Quality

Lei Pan

Research Associate II

Dan Phelps

Senior Software Engineer

Fred Polgardy

Senior Software Engineer

Katelin Pratt

Associate Scientist

Anna Prendeville

Scientist I

Ashwin Rajput

Head of Partnerships

Stephany Ramos

Scientist

Adelaide Rhodes

Senior Bioinformatics Engineer

Jessica Rock

Senior Lab Operations Manager

Felicity Rudge

Director of Commercial Operations

Dylan Samperi

Automation Engineer II

Vinicius Schettino

Senior Software Engineer

Deepak Sela

Inside Sales Associate

Gaelle Severe

Office Manager

Alexis Sloane

People Ops Generalist

Kevin Smith

Vice President of Cell Technologies

Samuel Smith

Research Associate II

Jordan Sorensen

Technical Lead Manager

Raja Srinivas

Co-founder

Christopher Stach

Senior Synthetic Biologist

Mark Stockdale

Strategic Alliance Senior Director

Jackie Thompson

Senior Research Associate

Chris Thorne

Director of Marketing

Georgian Tutuianu

Software Engineer

Becca Van Nederynen

Head of People

Christopher Voigt

Co-Founder

Steve Von Stetina

Senior Scientist

Kai Wang

Scientist, Genome Engineering Technologies

Layton Wedgeworth

VP Software

Bronson Weston

Computational Biologist

Jenny Won

Research Associate II
CONTACT US

We're hiring at the intersection of biology, engineering, and machine learning.

Asimov team at their Boston office
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