M. Jaione Maiz
Jaione Maiz is a Director of Business Development at Zymergen, a synthetic biology company using machine learning and robotics to optimize biological cells for better, more sustainable products. Previously Jaione was at Inception Sciences, a drug discovery engine within founded Versant Ventures. In this role, she supported Inception’s portfolio companies as well as evaluated new science and company concepts. Before Inception/Versant Jaione worked on the Analytics team at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), a technology- and life science company-focused bank based in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the bank, she supported private company valuation services in addition to strategic advisory and venture debt teams, as well as industry trend analysis for a bi-annual published report.. Jaione has a PhD in Neurobioloy from UCLA, where she used electrophysiology, optogenetics, and pharmacological interventions to investigate devastating neurodegenerative diseases including Spinocerebellar Ataxia, Huntington’s disease, and stroke recovery.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Jaione earned her PhD in neurobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor's degree in biology from Northwestern University. She also completed a certificate of business at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Jaione is currently involved as a mentor with several programs that support life science entrepreneurs, including Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR), Springboard Enterprises, and the National Institutes of Health Neuro Startup Challenge.
Jaione is part of Class 20. She completed her fellowship at Inception Sciences (Versant Ventures).