Rupak Doshi (CEO) and Norman Huang (COO) have successfully worked together in various capacities for nearly 5 years (co-founders, co-author on research paper, internship, and career/research-advising). Their rapport and camaraderie encouraged them to apply as co-founders to Launch Factory’s Founder’s Recruitment Process in 2019, which they won from a national pool of almost 200 applicants. This win resulted in the creation of OmniSync Incorporated as Launch Factory’s first portfolio company (Read press article).
Norman is a bioengineer, with experience across startups and academia. A Ph.D. from UC San Diego, he has over 7 years of research experience at the interface of biology, hardware engineering, and machine-learning. During his Ph.D., Norman developed tools to quantify intracellular and cell-surface RNA, with comparative data against the industry standard clinical assays. These tools are in the process of being spun-out into a startup. Norman was the founder of EatSafe (2013-2019, San Diego), a food biotech company that developed and patented a miniaturized, portable food-spoilage detector, and received funding from the National Science Foundation and Google (modular phone project). He was also co-founder and CTO of Arena Sciences (2013-2016, San Diego), a consumer biotech company, with a sports/active lifestyle innovation that had among its clients, the San Francisco 49ers, national-level triathletes, and personnel from the US military.
Launch Factory is a startup studio in San Diego that co-founded OmniSync as its first portfolio company, with a pre-seed investment of $300,000. Brad Chisum, CEO of Launch Factory was the founder and CEO of Lumedyne in San Diego that got acquired by Google in 2015 for $85M. James Hereford, COO of Launch Factory, previously worked at Google as Chief of Staff in Tech Engineering, and at Chevron as Sr. Renewables Analyst.