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Vijay Pande, PhD, is a General Partner and has been at Andreessen Horowitz since 2014. He founded and leads a16z Bio + Health, which invests in life sciences and healthcare through four dedicated funds with more than $3 billion under management. Vijay leads the firm’s investments at the cross section of biology and computer science, including applications in computation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in healthcare; digital therapeutics; diagnostics; and other novel transformative scientific advances applied to industry that take bio beyond healthcare. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Structural Biology at Stanford University. He currently sits on the boards of Apeel Sciences, BioAge, Devoted Health, Freenome, Genesis Therapeutics, Insitro, Inceptive Therapeutics, Nautilus Biotechnology, Nobell, Omada Health, Q.bio, and SciFi Foods, Scribe Therapeutics.
Prior to joining Andreessen Horowitz, Vijay was the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Structural Biology and of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he led a team of researchers pioneering computational methods and their application to medicine and biology (resulting in over 300 publications and six patents). Vijay was also concurrently the director of the Biophysics program at Stanford, where he led a team of more than 50 faculty members and propelled the program to the top in the country. Vijay also co-founded Globavir Biosciences, and founded the Folding@Home Distributed Computing Project.
Vijay holds a BA in Physics from Princeton University and a PhD in Physics from MIT. He has been awarded the DeLano Prize in Computation, a Guinness World Record for Folding@Home, the American Chemical Society Thomas Kuhn Paradigm Shift Award, and was selected for MIT TR10. In his teens, Vijay was the first employee at video game startup Naughty Dog, maker of Crash Bandicoot and The Last of Us.
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