Join BWH and DFCI postdocs and network with PopVax’s founder, Sohan Sankaran and VP of platform technologies, Maunish Barvalia. PopVax is a Gates Foundation-funded full-stack biotech startup based in Hyderabad, India working on broadly-protective mRNA vaccines using a machine learning-enabled computational approach to antigen design and their own in-house mRNA-LNP platform.
Soham Sankaran, PopVax’s founder and computational lead, is a Yale CS graduate who dropped out of his robotics-focused CS PhD at Cornell, and previously founded the Y Combinator-backed manufacturing automation company Pashi.
Dr. Maunish Barvalia, PopVax’s VP of Platform Technologies, Head of Immunology & Nucleic Acid Delivery, has a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from UBC focusing on single-cell techniques, and worked with Dr. Pieter Cullis on immune cell-targeted LNP delivery at UBC and NanoVation Therapeutics.
PopVax is a Gates Foundation-funded full-stack biotech startup based in Hyderabad working on broadly protective mRNA vaccines using a machine learning-enabled computational approach to antigen design and their own in-house mRNA-LNP platform. They started with a pan-betacoronavirus vaccine candidate that they will be taking into a Phase I human trial at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, early next year, and are now initiating programs to develop first-in-the-world vaccines against other commercially relevant targets. Founded in 2021, the company is staffed by veterans of mRNA-LNP pioneers like Moderna and the Cullis lab at UBC, as well as leading Indian vaccine companies such as Shantha Biotech/Sanofi India and Biological E.
Marshall A. Wolf Conference Center
Hale Building for Transformative Medicine (Hale BTM)
From 60 Fenwood Road
Enter at 60 Fenwood Rd lobby entrance.
Take the lobby staircase to the 2nd floor. Walk past the balcony overlooking the atrium and take the stairs on the left (Stair 2) to the 3rd floor. Once on the 3rd floor, exit the stairwell and take a right. The room is to your right through the double glass door, straight ahead.
Take S Elevator to 3rd floor. Take a right out of the elevator. The room is past the stairwell, on your right through the double glass doors.
BWH Way Finding App
Visitors can find step-by-step directions for navigating around Brigham in our Wayfinding app, which is also available in the Apple Store and on Google Play. Use it to find the event locations, amenities, services, and more.