Advisory Board

Dr. Elsa Sotiriadis

Elsa Sotiriadis, Ph.D., MRes is a Synthetic Biologist turned Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, and Futurist.
Elsa, known as the Biofuturist, is a globetrotting technologist with a background in startups and emerging technologies. She has helped build 25 groundbreaking deep tech startups as an early stage Venture Capitalist at SOSV.
As Program Director and Chief Futurist at the accelerator RebelBio, Elsa coached founders using a hands on approach to turn innovations into products to benefit billions of people. She was also engaged in advocacy, ecosystem building, and sourcing for high caliber investment opportunities with a positive impact. Listen to Elsa talk about building deep science startup on the Science: Disrupt podcast.
She founded a “cancer moonshot” to develop programmable DNA nanostructures as anticancer agents for her Ph.D. Watch Elsa Sotiriadis on Moonshots. Elsa has also published critically acclaimed poetry in literary magazines and anthologies (in German), including a series on dark energy alongside Albert Einstein’s writings and writes near future science fiction under the pen name EA Solaris.
Elsa previously worked in finance for Bloomberg in London. She was also Lead Analyst and strategy consultant at in Vienna, dealing with disruptive innovation technologies across sustainability, energy, and high-tech, with a focus on digital biology, artificial intelligence, and zero carbon smart cities.
Elsa earned an international Ph.D. in Synthetic Biology at Imperial College London and the University of Hong Kong. At the former, she also earned a Master of Research in Synthetic and Systems Biology. Elsa spent a summer term at Harvard University studying Environmental Management. She completed a Mini-MBA at Imperial College Business School and earned a Bachelor of Biotechnology at the University of Strasbourg in an international program.
Read Replicon: Survival is A Bug, Not A Feature, also available in German. You can read more of her writing on Medium.
View her Bloomberg and LinkedIn profiles. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Contact her on SpeakerHub or book her via A-Speakers. Visit her website, The Biofuturist.