The Google of CRISPR tech? Tech leg­ends Tim Cook and Jeff Hu­ber back Mam­moth Bio­sciences

A start­up led by a group of Bay Area grad stu­dents says it’s build­ing a plat­form that har­ness­es the “search en­gine” func­tion of CRISPR, win­ning $23 mil­lion in back­ing from a slew of high pro­file in­vestors Tues­day.

The com­pa­ny, called Mam­moth Bio­sciences, was co-found­ed by CRISPR leg­end Jen­nifer Doud­na — one of the most fa­mous sci­en­tif­ic pi­o­neers be­hind CRISPR/Cas9 gene edit­ing tech. The oth­er founders in­clude the 29-year-old CEO Trevor Mar­tin, a Stan­ford PhD, and CTO Ash­ley Tehranchi, al­so out of Stan­ford. The duo launched the com­pa­ny with the help of two stu­dents in Doud­na’s lab: Jan­ice Chen and Lu­cas Har­ring­ton, who will lead sci­en­tif­ic re­search. Doud­na heads up the sci­en­tif­ic ad­vi­so­ry board.

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