#JPM23 with Robert Nelsen: Our mot­to is 'do cool s@*t'

End­points founder John Car­roll sat down with ARCH man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Robert Nelsen dur­ing JP Mor­gan to talk about in­no­va­tion, what’s get­ting fund­ed and what’s ahead in 2023. This tran­script has been edit­ed for brevi­ty and clar­i­ty.

John Car­roll:

I’m here with Bob Nelsen, one of the co-founders of ARCH. Bob and I talk every now and then, usu­al­ly about one of his lat­est crazy ideas that he’s in­vest­ed a tremen­dous sum of mon­ey in. And I want­ed to use this as an op­por­tu­ni­ty to talk about what he is about. Fas­ci­nat­ing stuff. I did a lit­tle bit of re­search, not a lot, but I went back to Matt Her­p­er’s ar­ti­cle in 2016, when Leroy Hood de­scribed you as a ge­nius at get­ting com­pa­nies like Il­lu­mi­na start­ed. And you’ve done a whole va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent things. You were talk­ing about get­ting in­volved in Al­ny­lam, and you were talk­ing about you be­ing in­volved in Juno, one of the orig­i­nal CAR-T com­pa­nies that was out there, De­nali, Vir, Re­silience to­day is in the news; Mubadala is fi­nanc­ing a new man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in the Unit­ed Arab Emi­rates. Lots go­ing on in what you could call a very in­ter­est­ing mar­ket, but I want­ed to start back at the be­gin­ning, be­cause I think that’s re­al­ly cool. You got your MBA in 1986.

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