Entrepreneur. Former venture capitalist. Chemical engineer. Kshatriya focuses on the commercialization of biotech products.
Biota deploys DNA sequencing and data science to explore the earth’s subsurface. We provide actionable diagnostics to the oil & gas industry for maximizing reservoir economics and reducing environmental impact. Biota delivers multimillion–dollar value by measuring subsurface fluid movement. Our patented technology has been applied on over 1,100 wells across the world in both offshore and unconventional assets.
Founded in 2013, we are pioneering genomic diagnostics in the energy industry. Our entrepreneurial team consists of 35 people, mostly technical, with diverse skills in petroleum engineering, data science, and DNA sequencing.
Seasoned Oil & Gas Executive from Royal/Dutch Shell with deep expertise at the intersection of energy and biotech.
Dr. Mathias SchlechtCTO
Former Chief Engineer for Baker Hughes. Global technical background in offshore and onshore E&P.
Dr. Luke UrsellVP of Technology
Biota Co-founder. Genomics product development and O&G workflow integration. Former doctoral student from the Knight Lab.
Dr. Rob KnightTechnical Co-founder
Renowned data science academic. DNA sequencing. Microbiology. Author of over 400 peer-reviewed publications and a presenter at TED and the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Thomas IshoeyChief Technologist
Formerly CTO of Glori Energy and VP at Synthetic Genomics. Ishoey’s expertise is in developing and scaling biotech products.
DR. VIK RAOChief Scientist
Globally recognized leader in oil & gas technology commercialization. Formerly CTO of Halliburton.
ROB CHESSBOARD CHAIRMAN
Entrepreneur. Faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Chess currently serves as a board member of several public & private companies.
Biota is honored to have an elite group of advisors with a combined 200 years of leadership experience in the oil and gas industry.
John Ely | Ed Will | Dharmesh Mehta | Jim Prestidge | Brad Holms | Vikki Dunn | Doug Elliot | Paul Henshaw