What is your role at Primordial Genetics, and how long have you been on the team?
I am a Senior Staff Scientist and joined in July of 2021. My primary role is to get our protein production methodology in place and build out a suitable facility.

What led you to join Primordial Genetics?
The culture that has been established at Primordial Genetics was very enticing. It’s an intimate environment that seemed positive and nurturing, and there was opportunity to be a part of some great scientific activities.

What impact do you see Primordial Genetics having on the world in 1 year? 5 years?
10 years? 

I believe that Primordial Genetics will be a great resource for RNA research in the next 5-10 years. Our technology and scientific approaches will be a boon for shining a light on the possibilities of RNA benefiting mankind.

You have worked in biotech for a while. What are 2 or 3 of your biggest accomplishments?
First, realizing that science is a process, not just a few experiments. It takes time to conduct thoughtful science and induce real changes in the world. Second, creating the most broadly active and thermally stable Phytase enzyme ever, which enables animal feed to have higher nutritional value and cuts down on agricultural runoff.

What industries are you most excited about that will benefit from this technology?
Synbio therapeutics will benefit greatly from RNA research. For example, vaccine research (which can target a host of human diseases from Coronavirus to cancers to tick born diseases) is an area that will grow by leaps and bounds in the near future.

What does a day in the life of a Primordial Genetics researcher consist of?
Design, execute, analyze, apply learnings, repeat (and sleep I suppose).

What is your favorite aspect about your research?
My favorite aspect of our research is that everyone here has a direct impact on the success of the company. We must work as a team in order to achieve success.

What is one piece of advice for others in biotech careers/industry?
One piece of advice I can offer for others in biotech is to really decide how they want to be a part of the biotech industry. If they want to be at the bench then be at the bench, if they want to be in finance then they should be in finance. There are all types of roles in biotech and there is no such thing as individual success. It takes a team of hard-working people to achieve something in this industry.

When you aren’t in the lab, what do you like to do? 
I have two kids, so I like to do whatever they like to do! When I do get some free time, I either go cycling or dust off the guitar for a bit.

What makes you get up in the morning? What does your morning routine consist of?
The promise of coffee is the biggest motivator to get up in the morning. It’s necessary to get the kids off to school and deal with the lovely San Diego commute.

What are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
I’m a scientist. I read papers, not books!

What is one place in the world you would like to visit and why?
Ireland. It’s simply a wonderful country, full of beautiful people and culture…. and Murphy’s Irish Stout!

To read Mark’s full bio, visit https://www.primordialgenetics.com/about/#team