Richard Lin

Richard Lin

Founder and CEO of Explora BioLabs

San Diego, California (Greater San Diego Area)

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Richard Lin's Overview

  • Founder, President and CEO at Explora BioLabs
  • Advisory Board Member at Sanguine Biosciences
  • Member of the Board at Wormfree World Institute
  • Advisory Board Member at Southern California Biotech Center At Miramar College
  • Principle Scientist at Ansata Therapeutics
  • Director of Physiology at Genset Corp.
  • Group Leader at Corvas International

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Richard Lin's Experience

Founder, President and CEO

Explora BioLabs

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Biotechnology industry

May 2004Present (10 years 5 months) San Diego

Recognizing the trend of biotech virtualization and a growing market need for quality preclinical contract research providers, I founded Explora BioLabs in 2004 to help local biotech companies with their critical pharmacology research. Started with 2 employees (founders), in a modest 1500 sq ft of lab space. Over the years, I developed Explora into a well respected preclinical contract research company in San Diego. Explora currently operates a total of 33,000 sq ft of preclinical research labs in three different facilities in San Diego, serving about 20-25 biotech companies.

Advisory Board Member

Sanguine Biosciences

July 2012Present (2 years 3 months) Greater Los Angeles Area

Member of the Board

Wormfree World Institute

April 2012Present (2 years 6 months) Greater San Diego Area

Wormfree World is a non-profit organization dedicated towards eradication of intestinal roundworm parasites and reversing their devastating effects via better treatments designed against the parasites that infect humans, better use of the drugs we currently have, better detection of infected peoples, better nutrition, and a cleaner environment for the 4.5 billion people living in tropical countries that are at-risk.

Advisory Board Member

Southern California Biotech Center At Miramar College

2008Present (6 years) San Diego

Advise on the development of SCBC training programs. Communicate industry needs to program directors.

Principle Scientist

Ansata Therapeutics

October 2002March 2004 (1 year 6 months) La Jolla

While selling off the assets of Genset, I got to know the folks from Ansata, a brand new small startup biotech in La Jolla. Ansata ended up bringing me on board to run pharmacology research. Despite some unexpected challenges, we took a very novel molecule into a new direction and eventually moved it into clinical trial.

Director of Physiology

Genset Corp.

October 2001August 2002 (11 months) San Diego

A lot of events happened in 2001. Dot com bubble bursted, biotech bubble was in full bloom and 9/11 happened. I was in need of changes. An opportunity presented itself at Genset and I took it. There, I changed my research direction from cancer to diabetes. In a short time, I dived deep into diabetes research, participated in major due diligence meetings with companies including genzyme and pharmacia, and participated in international research review meeting in Paris. Before long, Genset was acquired by Serono. I was one of the last employees who helped selling off all the assets and turned off the lights.

Group Leader

Corvas International

September 1999September 2001 (2 years 1 month) San Diego

My job at Corvas was to expand their cancer therapeutics portfolio. Corvas focused on targeting serine proteases in cardiovascular diseases. Since many of these proteases also play important roles in cancer, they wanted someone with cancer expertise to help them explore this area. I started several new cancer and angiogenesis models at Corvas, and ran through several candidates using these models.

Senior Scientist

Axys Pharmaceuticals

Public Company; 201-500 employees; Biotechnology industry

July 1998August 1999 (1 year 2 months) La Jolla, CA

Axys operated in San Diego for about a year before it closed the San Diego facility and consolidated all operations in its South San Francisco facility. During that year, we were tasked with coming up with new drug discovery programs. Many brainstorming sessions were conducted with our chemist colleagues from San Francisco. Like most employees, I decided to stay in San Diego to look for opportunity rather than moving to San Francisco with a promised job.

Senior Scientist

Sequana Therapeutics, Inc.

19961998 (2 years) La Jolla

Sequana was the first large scale gene-hunting biotech company in San Diego. I joined the company to develop high throughput gene targeting technology in order to do large scale target validation in vivo. The ambitious project was halfway off the ground before Sequana merged with Arris and morphed into Axys.

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of California, San Diego

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

19931996 (3 years)

Studied the role of a homeobox gene, pem, on embryonic and extra-embryonic tissue development using a gene targeting approach

Richard Lin's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Mandarin Chinese

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)

Richard Lin's Skills & Expertise

  1. Biotechnology
  2. Strategic Planning
  3. Management
  4. Customer Service Management
  5. Drug Discovery
  6. Technology Transfer
  7. Pharmacology
  8. Cancer
  9. Oncology
  10. diabetes
  11. Lifesciences
  12. In Vivo
  13. Laboratory
  14. Toxicology
  15. Genomics
  16. Protein Chemistry
  17. Drug Development
  18. Diabetes
  19. Cell
  20. Start-ups
  21. Stem Cells
  22. R&D
  23. Pharmaceutical Industry
  24. Molecular Biology
  25. Biopharmaceuticals
  26. CRO
  27. Antibodies
  28. Cell Culture
  29. Cell Biology
  30. Genetics
  31. Biomarkers
  32. Assay Development
  33. In Vitro
  34. Validation
  35. PCR
  36. Biochemistry

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Richard Lin's Education

University of California, San Diego

Post Doc, Cancer Biology/Molecular Genetics


University of California, Berkeley

PhD, Cancer Biology/Physiology


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