Our Team

Unparalleled Industry Leadership

With hundreds of combined years of industry experience, our leadership team is relentlessly focused on driving our mission of solving some of today’s biggest challenges through protein design innovation.

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Alexandre Zanghellini

PhD - Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and VP Research

Daniela Grabs

Daniela Grabs​

PhD – Co-founder, VP Strategic Projects

Ken Barrett​

MBA, MS – Chief Business Officer

Scott Fabro​

Senior Vice President of Business Development & Food Ingredients

Yih-En Andrew Ban​​

PhD – Chief Operating Officer


Sanjay Pal​​

MBA – Chief Financial Officer

Alexandre Zanghellini

PhD – Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and VP Research

Alexandre Zanghellini co-founded Arzeda and leads the team as CEO and Vice President, Research. Alexandre is an internationally recognized protein design expert and was the early developer of Arzeda’s protein design software Archytas™ for enzyme design, as well as Arzeda’s metabolic pathway design software Scylax™. Before Arzeda, Alexandre led bioinformatics at Cellectis (NASDAQ: CLLS), a publicly traded protein engineering and gene editing company.

Alexandre strongly believes the convergence of big compute, machine learning, DNA synthesis and lab automation represent an inflexion point in human history, and that the rationale design of new proteins will play a key role in solving some of humanity’s biggest societal challenges – from improving human well-being to combating climate change. Alexandre holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of Washington, a M.S. in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) and B.S. in Applied Mathematics, both from University of Paris, and a M.Eng. from ENSTA/ParisTech.

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Ken Barrett

MBA, MS – Chief Business Officer

Ken Barrett entered the industrial biotech sector when he joined Diversa’s BD team in August 2006, responsible for supporting Diversa’s commercialization strategy with a focus on developing internal capabilities and launching new products. At Diversa/Verenium, he led several commercialization projects and partnerships, including those in bioenergy, oilseed processing, animal feed, detergents, and oilfield services. After the BASF acquisition he continued managing the BD team. Upon the creation of the BASF Enzymes business unit in 2018, Ken was tapped to lead 3rd Party Business Management and Collaborations, with a specific focus on managing 3rd party collaborations in animal feed enzymes that had to be “firewalled” from the BASF animal nutrition business. Ken’s general focus in industrial biotech has been to translate cutting edge science into profitable commercial business opportunities, either through organic development or via external partnerships.

Prior to BASF, Ken was a co-Founder and Managing Director of Trident Partners, LLC, a private equity and management firm focused on small and medium sized businesses. Before that, he served as a consultant at Bain & Company. He began his career at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in 1989 in Japan, where he spent five years and learned Japanese.

Ken received a M.S. in Applied Biosciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, a M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts and a B.A. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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Daniela Grabs

Daniela Grabs

PhD – Co-founder, VP Strategic Projects

Daniela Grabs co-founded Arzeda and currently serves as its Vice President, Strategic Projects. Her responsibilities include developing next-generation lab workflow automation at Arzeda, as well as supporting the development of some of Arzeda’s new product  portfolio opportunities. Previously, Daniela played a pivotal role in devising and implementing Arzeda’s precision lab testing infrastructure, including workflow  optimization and robust analytics method development.

Daniela believes that the combination of advanced software with precision lab testing is  poised to change the way we do biotechnology and create tremendous value for Arzeda  and its partners. Daniela was a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Washington. She holds  a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Zürich and a Diploma from ETH Zürich.

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Sanjay Pal

MBA – Chief Financial Officer

Sanjay Pal leads Finance & Administration at Arzeda, with a focus on developing the company’s financial planning & analysis capabilities, supporting the business development teams, and overseeing the accounting & administrative functions.
Sanjay’s background includes a diverse, yet complimentary set of experiences over 20 years with venture-backed companies commercializing new technologies in wireless, and more recently new process technologies​ that address the environmental sustainability of commodity markets such as biofuels, hydraulic fracturing, wastewater treatment, ​and phosphoric acid production. Sanjay holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from UC Berkeley.

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Scott Fabro

Senior Vice President of Business Development & Food Ingredients

Fabro has three decades of experience working in commercial strategy and operations for specialty ingredients. Most recently, Fabro served as the Vice President of Business Development at biotechnology ingredient company, Geltor, Inc. There, Fabro led commercial execution of bioactive ingredients into the food, beauty and personal care industries. Fabro, who has extensive experience with Rebaudiosides – a key component of sugar replacements, also spent eight years at Cargill, serving as Global Business Director for High Intensity Sweeteners. During his time at Cargill, Fabro also served as Global Product Director for two other functional ingredient businesses and represented the company as a board member of the International Stevia Council. In addition, Fabro spent three years with Evolva Group, SA, where he was Chief Operations Officer and before that, Chief Commercial Officer. He has also held a number of other senior level positions with companies in the global ingredient space including Sweet Harvest Foods and Kerry Inc., among others.

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Yih-En Andrew Ban

PhD – Chief Operating Officer

Yih-En Andrew Ban joined Arzeda at inception and leads the computational design and software development teams as Vice President, Computing. In particular, he oversees computational infrastructure and algorithms development to improve the accuracy and throughput of Arzeda’s computational protein design platform. Since his tenure as VP Computing at Arzeda, Andrew and his team have pioneered new methodologies with the objective of building a scalable and automated protein design infrastructure applicable to any industrial protein engineering application.

Andrew has been the lead developer of Arzeda’s Archytas™ protein design software, Burst™ high-throughput cloud computing infrastructure and Scribe™, Arzeda’s automated DNA writing software, and remains involved in the development of these critical tools. Before joining Arzeda, Andrew developed methods for vaccine design using computational protein design and studied structural biology using the tools of computational topology & geometry. Andrew holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Duke University, and a BS in Mathematics and BS in Biology, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

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