We’re continuing our blog series, looking at the DNA of Telesis Bio — our incredible employees and their stories.
Team member: Pavel Ryzhov, Field Application Scientist
Came aboard: April 2022
What do you do at Telesis Bio?
I work with the sales team to help our customers see the technical value of our instruments before and after the sale process. I also help our current customers to use the BioXp® system in the best way possible so they can accelerate their discoveries.
What is one of the most exciting projects you have worked on?
Unlocking the power of the BioXp within customers’ existing workflows. I don’t just do it with one customer; it happens regularly, it just takes different shapes with different customers. For example, I create a framework for their discovery process that utilizes our product applications adding the most value to our customers.
How do you feel Telesis Bio is shaping the future of technology?
Telesis Bio has developed tremendous technologies over the years, putting us in a unique position to significantly grow our application portfolio. These advancements allow us to tap into adjacent markets related to synthetic biology and capture more customer share in the market. We have a robust automation platform that operates using validated consumables and reagents that we continue to expand and provide value to many customers.
Telesis Bio’s mission is to inspire and empower scientists to accelerate their discoveries. How would you say you’re helping our customers meet their goals?
Our instrument, the BioXp system, fills a particular gap in the discovery process of our customers. However, because there are no other comparable solutions out there, my job is to help unlock as much value from what the instrument can do. When customers are fully-trained on experimental design with the BioXp system, they typically see multiple entry points where our synthetic biology products can benefit their research, which together amounts to a great acceleration in their discovery workflows.
How would you describe the company culture?
I like that I get to wear various hats while still focusing on what I enjoy the most which is science communications. It’s also great to collaborate with people across different departments that support other aspects of the business because that’s where they shine best and it’s a great balance.
What’s something fun about working at Telesis Bio?
The people that work with Telesis Bio are funny, and there is never a shortage of jokes. I also consider myself a fun person to work with and I bounce off other people’s energy which is great.
How would you describe synthetic biology to non-scientists?
Synthetic biology is our best approximation of real biology. It’s essentially a discipline that allows us to start creating biology in a test tube. It’s a technique that allows us to build DNA and other macromolecules like RNA and proteins outside of confines of living organisms. The main goal is to allow us to create better functionalities for medicines and other industrial applications like agriculture, material sciences, and climate change, etc.
What was the first thing you ever wanted to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a dentist. I am glad I chose a different route and did science communications as it seems a much better fit for me.