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The Sandbox Team

The management team at Startup Sandbox includes a seasoned slate of professionals who have made their careers in management, professional services, research and academic endeavors. The team's unwavering objective is to accelerate the growth and success of Sandbox member companies.   

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Lou Pambianco

CEO & Chairman

During the digital revolution of the 80s and 90s, as the Managing Director of Corporate Development Partners, Lou worked with the executives of industry leaders — including Intel, Cisco, Conner Peripherals and Polycom — to achieve exceptional results. And as the bioscience revolution defines the first half of the 21st century, Lou brings his passion and leadership to Startup Sandbox to mentor early-stage companies delivering breakthrough therapeutics that impact your health and the health of our planet.

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Spencer Murphy

Chief of Staff

Spencer Murphy graduated with a degree in Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz and worked in biotech in Santa Cruz and San Francisco for more than six years. After moving to Paris, Spencer elected to pursue his MSc in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Now back in Santa Cruz, he brings his talents and perspectives to the cutting edge of the bioscience and dry lab revolution on California's Central Coast as Chief of Staff at Startup Sandbox.

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David Makarechian

Corporate Counsel & Secretary

David Makarechian is Chair of O’Melveny’s Emerging Technologies Group and serves as Corporate Counsel and Secretary to Startup Sandbox. As a corporate lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, David is highly skilled at working with entrepreneurs, executives and investors. He brings extensive skills and resources to his role of supporting the rapid growth of innovative and breakthrough technology companies.