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Adam Goulburn

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Nature is far smarter than we are.


Adam invests at the intersection of biology, healthcare, technology and data. He is interested in the digitization of healthcare; genomics; coding biology; the microbiome; bionics and cyborgs; brain-computer interfaces; regenerative medicine; synthetic biology; human performance; and other deep sciences.

Adam was an early investor in Vesta, which uses technology to improve in-home care for our aging population; Pager, which provides consumers better access to healthcare via mobile devices; Drone Racing League, which brings drone racing to any 3-dimensional location on the planet; Physera, which was acquired by Omada Health; as well as Science 37, Strateos, Authorea, Zipdrug, Aptible, Alluvium, RDMD and Eikon Therapeutics. Adam was the founding CEO and investor in Kallyope, which combines bioinformatics, sequencing, neuroimaging and molecular biology to decode the gut-brain axis. He has also worked with Vium, Halo Neuroscience and Kyruus.

Prior to joining Lux in 2011, Adam was a Postdoctoral Fellow of Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College, researching regenerative stem cell medicine in association with brain disorders such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. Originally from Australia, Adam has dual undergraduate degrees in Business and Science and a PhD from the Australian Stem Cell Centre, where he was a Premier Scholar. He has been published in numerous peer-reviewed, scientific journals.

What debates do you have most frequently with your partners?
How can you build a computer to replicate the human mind when we still don’t understand how the brain works?

What does the future look like?
More intelligent cities, buildings, vehicles and clothing. Personalized nutrition and medicine; printable food, drugs and DNA. Deeper interplanetary travel and exploration. Blurred lines between real and virtual worlds.

What is the most exciting innovation of the past decade?
The creation of induced pluripotent (iPS) cells, which have the potential to turn any cell into a regenerative stem cell; CRISPR technology and DNA editing.

Key Facts

  • Has travelled to 35+ countries, including Ulan Bator, Mongolia, with average winter lows of -40F

  • Created a “glowing” gene research tool to track neural cells in crowded, heterogeneous petri dishes

  • Represented Australia at the Maccabiah Games (‘Jewish’ Olympics) for soccer

Nature is far smarter than we are.