About us

We are a team of scientists, doctors and entrepreneurs aimed at delivering personalized medicine and stem cell technology directly to consumers. We believe everyone should have access to the best of preventative healthcare. We believe in the opportunity to build a healthier future together by delivering technology that can help improve the quality of life of everyone around the world.

 Silene Biotech works closely with academic, research and nonprofit institutions to deliver our services and technologies to customers as well as advanced the field of research further. We offer all our customers the ability to opt-in to scientific research and clinical trials. Why are we named Silene? Read about the 32,000 year old frozen seed that sprouted new life in the lab.



Alex Jiao, Phd. Science & technology

Alex received his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington in 2016. His research focused on stem cell biology, cardiac tissue engineering, and biomaterial nano/microfabrication. He developed a novel, patent-pending platform for the engineering of 3D tissues with controllable architectures. Using this developed platform, Alex engineered biomimetic skeletal muscle and cardiac tissues. Using human patient-derived stem cells, Alex’s investigation into engineered 3D cardiac tissues highlighted the importance of 3D tissue structure on enhancing tissue function. These findings will lead to improve diagnostics, tissue models, and therapies for heart disease and personalized medicine.

Prior to UW, Alex was an undergraduate researcher at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan, focused on biomaterials, tissue engineering and stem cell biology. He has extensive experience in platform development, cell biology, biomaterial and material fabrication and more recently, translational research with a focus on process optimization and regulatory framework.

Alex published 8 peer-reviewed manuscripts (h-index: 8), presented at 8 conferences and filed 3 patents while a graduate student. He received a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31 Predoctoral Fellowship) as well as a highly competitive American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship. Additionally, he was a 2-time T32 NIH Trainee for Cardiovascular Pathology and Cardiac Bioengineering. He has received awards from the NIH, AHA, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine and the University of Washington and was a National Science Foundation Fellow honorable mention. He is a current member of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative medicine.


Lena Shaw, COO. Operations & Acquisition

Lena is an award-winning growth strategist and leader in revenue acquisition, with 10+ years experience working in both startups and enterprise environments. Lena has implemented highly successful go-to-market programs and built one of the most effective and efficient demand teams in tech while at LeadGenius, a SaaS solution for high-quality lead generation and go-to-market insights.  

Prior to LeadGenius, Lena was recruited by UCSF, to reshape the narrative online and drive awareness for UCSF research.  She too planned and executed a widely successful award-winning online fundraising campaign that earned national recognition. 

Lena has been recognized as one of the top 50 women in revenue you should know, alongside the likes of Lesley Young (Global SVP Sales, Box) and as one of the “40 Most Inspiring Leaders in Sales Lead Management in 2016,” by the Sales Lead Management Association. Lena too is known for being an innovator in Demand Generation and Revenue Operations and was named an ABMie finalist by Revenue Marketing Radio. Her efforts at UCSF too were highlighted as a "Women that Rock in Health - Rock Health" and PR News People-to-Watch in PR 2012. She is also a published contributor on CMO.com and MarTechAdvisor.com

Trusted Advisors and Physicians


Scott Thies, PhD

Director, UW Heart Regeneration Program

Mike Halperin, MD

Board-certified Physician

bob richard, Md, Phd

Hermatologist, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Investors & Partners