Stef van Grieken, Cradle CEO

Eu­ro­pean pro­tein soft­ware start­up Cra­dle launch­es with back­ing from Lyft, Twist CEOs

On his LinkedIn page, Stef van Grieken de­scribes him­self as the “pur­vey­or of fine pro­tein.” Van Grieken heads Cra­dle, a new start­up out of the Nether­lands and Switzer­land that hopes to use ma­chine learn­ing to make it eas­i­er for sci­en­tists to de­sign new pro­teins.

Thurs­day, Cra­dle launched out of stealth with $5.4 mil­lion in seed fund­ing from Kin­dred Cap­i­tal and tech fund In­dex Ven­tures, along­side a num­ber of no­table names — Lyft’s co-founder and pres­i­dent John Zim­mer, for­mer DSM CEO Feike Si­jbesma, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia Berke­ley pro­fes­sor Patrick Hsu and Twist Bio­science CEO Emi­ly Lep­roust.

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