Phillip Samayoa

VentureLabsTM Associate

Phillip joined Flagship Ventures in 2012 as an Associate within Flagship VentureLabsTM, after completing the Flagship VentureLabs Entrepreneurial Fellows program. At Flagship, Phillip works with VentureLabs partners as part of a venture creation team, exploring innovative ideas and opportunities, and developing critical scientific and business components that will lead to the firm’s next breakthrough startups. Phillip has worked on the synthesis of business and technology strategy for the VentureLabs portfolio companies Pronutria and Symbiota, and is an inventor on over 50 patents and applications around their platform technologies. Prior to joining Flagship, Phillip completed his Ph.D. in systems biology in the lab of Jeff Hasty at UC San Diego, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. There, he investigated the dynamics of synthetic gene circuits in bacteria and invented a platform for coordinating the behavior between distinct bacterial colonies over centimeter length scales using gas phase cell-cell signaling. Phillip’s graduate work has led to numerous patents and peer reviewed publications, including an article in the journal ‘Nature’ within his first two years of research. While at UC San Diego, he also mentored undergraduate researchers and launched an outreach program with local K-5 schools to engage students with hands-on science in the classroom.

Phillip has broad experience through academic and industry internships, including the early biochemistry research at Infinity Pharmaceuticals on the company’s first drug candidate to reach Phase III trials and exposure to nanoparticle drug delivery and biomolecular detection as an MIT undergraduate researcher. Phillip holds dual S.B. degrees from MIT in Biological Engineering and Physics, where he was a Robert Swanson Scholar, a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and the MIT triathlon team.