Our Story

Founded in 2013, Biota applies DNA sequencing and data science to explore the earth’s subsurface. We provide actionable insights to the oil industry for maximizing reservoir production and reducing environmental impact. Biota enhances multimillion-dollar decisions with DNA data services for production profiling, sweet spot identification, and reservoir connectivity. We have pioneered these services for the oil industry with over 300 published patent claims worldwide.

Leadership Team

Ajay Kshatriya, P.E.
Ajay Kshatriya, P.E.
CEO & Co-Founder

Entrepreneur. Former venture capitalist. Chemical engineer. Kshatriya focuses on the commercialization of biotech products.

Dr. Rob Knight
Dr. Rob Knight
CSO & CO-FOUNDER

Renowned data science academic. DNA sequencing. Microbiology. Dr. Knight is the author of over 390 peer-reviewed publications and a presenter at TED and the World Economic Forum.

Dr. Thomas Ishoey
Dr. Thomas Ishoey
CTO

Genomics technology leader and entrepreneur. Formerly CTO of Glori Energy and VP of Product and Technology Development at Synthetic Genomics. Thomas’ expertise is in developing and scaling biotech products.

DR. VIK RAO
DR. VIK RAO
Chief Scientist

Globally recognized leader in oil & gas technology commercialization. Dr. Rao is the former CTO of Haliburton.

ROB CHESS
ROB CHESS
BOARD CHAIRMAN

Entrepreneur. Faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Chess currently serves as a board member of several public & private companies.

Commercial & Technical Team

Dr. Luke Ursell
Dr. Luke Ursell
Data Science Director
Dr. Brian Clement
Dr. Brian Clement
Project Director
Moji Karimi
Moji Karimi
BD Manager
Dr. Liz Percak-Dennett
Dr. Liz Percak-Dennett
Senior Scientist
Dr. Nicole Scott
Dr. Nicole Scott
Senior Scientist
John Chase
John Chase
Data Scientist
Jelena Jablanovic
Jelena Jablanovic
Associate Scientist
Susanne Montague
Susanne Montague
Research Associate
Our extended technical team includes world-leading experts in the field of DNA data science and software development:

Dr. Greg Caporaso | Will Van Treuren | Dr. Justin Kuczynski

Advisors

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 |Dr. Joel Moxley | Jim Prestidge | Vikki Dunn | Brad Holms | Dr. Paul Henshaw | Dr. Jef Caers | Dr. Ryan Gill

Institutional & Strategic Investors

Additional financial support from world-class angel investors including Curtis HuffSteve Blank and Jon Feiber.