Elisabet Rosàs Canyelles

Venture Fellow



Elisabet Rosàs Canyelles is a Venture Fellow focusing on exploring new investment themes and incubating new companies that could potentially become series A investmenElisabet also serves as Assistant Director of Impact1, the pediatric & maternal health innovation program at the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, after completing the Biodesign Innovation Fellowship. Prior to Biodesign, Elisabet has held scientist roles at Illumina Inc. and the Edelman Lab at the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology Division. Elisabet’s patents and peer-reviewed research include the development of targeted photodynamic therapy drugs for cancer, microfluidic tools for single-cell electrophoretic protein and nucleic acid analysis, and library preparation and sequencing platforms.

Elisabet earned her PhD in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley, as a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Fellow, a Fundació “la Caixa” Scholar and a Siebel Scholar, and her bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemical Engineering from the Institut Químic de Sarrià in Barcelona.


What attracted you to the healthcare and life sciences space?

I have always been fascinated by the complexity of nature and intricacies of biology, from how DNA encodes the blueprint for life to how the interactions between organisms shape entire ecosystems. I aspire to help translate life science discoveries into innovative technologies that solve our most pressing health challenges.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall

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