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 multimilliondollar 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. 

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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.

<big>Ajay<br />
Kshatriya,</big> P.E.
Ajay
Kshatriya,
P.E.
CEO

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

<big>DANIEL<br />
TRUNFIO</big>
DANIEL
TRUNFIO
COO

Seasoned Oil & Gas Executive from Royal/Dutch Shell with deep expertise at the intersection of energy and biotech.

<big>Dr. Mathias Schlecht </big>
Dr. Mathias Schlecht
CTO

Former Chief Engineer for Baker Hughes. Global technical background in offshore and onshore E&P. 

<big>Dr. Luke Ursell </big>
Dr. Luke Ursell
VP of Technology

Biota Co-founder. Genomics product development and O&G workflow integration. Former doctoral student from the Knight Lab. 

<big>Dr. Rob Knight</big>
Dr. Rob Knight
Technical 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.

<big>Dr. Thomas Ishoey</big>
Dr. Thomas Ishoey
Chief Technologist

Formerly CTO of Glori Energy and VP at Synthetic Genomics. Ishoey’s expertise is in developing and scaling biotech products.

<big>DR. VIK RAO</big>
DR. VIK RAO
Chief Scientist

Globally recognized leader in oil & gas technology commercialization. Formerly CTO of Halliburton.

<big>ROB CHESS</big>
ROB CHESS
BOARD CHAIRMAN

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

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 | Ed Will | Dharmesh Mehta | Jim Prestidge | Brad Holms | Vikki Dunn | Doug Elliot | Paul Henshaw

Institutional Investors

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