We would like to welcome six new team members to Kairos Ventures: Danielle Walker, Chris Del Vecchio and Shahed Akhund have joined the operations group, Pascal Krotee has joined the investment research team, Richard Lynch has joined the finance team, and Peter Alff is our latest Entrepreneur in Residence.
Danielle Walker. Danielle joins Kairos Ventures as Manager of University Relations. Prior to Kairos, she served as Development Associate of Academic Divisions and Regions at Caltech, Corporate Services Manager at Cushman & Wakefield, Law Clerk at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, and Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Michigan Law School.
Chris Del Vecchio. Chris joins the Kairos team as Legal Associate. Previously, he acted as Vice President and Counsel for technology startup Vixlet, Senior Licensing Officer with University of California, Santa Barbara and Riverside campuses, and as an International Patent Examiner/Analyst. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech, a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Roger Williams University School of Law, and an Master of Science in Biotechnology from Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Shahed Akhund. Shahed joins Kairos Ventures as our Information Technology Manager. Prior to Kairos he served as Senior Systems Security Administration Engineer at Wipro Technologies, Senior IT Specialist at CODA Automotive, Inc., and Helpdesk Support Supervisor at Health Advocates. Shahed studied Computer Science and Network and System Administration at UEI and holds an Associate Degree in Computer Science from Los Angeles Valley College.
Pascal Krotee. Pascal joins Kairos Ventures as an Investment Associate as part of our due diligence team based in our Pasadena office. Pascal was a PhD Candidate at the Laboratory of David Eisenberg at UCLA and a Team Leader and Instructor at the Nanoscience Outreach Program at UCLA where she led interactive lab activities for high school students. Pascal holds a Bachelor of Science in Developmental and Cell Biology from University of California at Irvine and a PhD in Molecular Biology from UCLA.
Richard Lynch. Richard joins Kairos Ventures as our Staff Accountant, reporting to our Chief Financial Officer. Richard has over a decade of accounting experience. Prior to Kairos, he spent seven years as the Staff Accountant for Marlborough High School in Los Angeles and three years as Accountant for the Santa Barbara Foundation. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Managerial Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Peter Alff. Peter joins Kairos Ventures as Entrepreneur in Residence based in New York. Prior to Kairos, Peter was the Business Development Manager of NYU’s Office of Therapeutics Alliances. In that capacity, Peter led opportunity risk assessment across multiple therapeutic areas including oncology, auto-inflammation, neuroscience, and infectious disease. Peter was a Postdoc Fellow at Rockefeller University, holds a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Stony Brook University, and a BS in Biology from Muhlenberg College.
Welcome Danielle, Chris, Shahed, Pascal, Richard and Peter, to the Kairos Ventures team!