WHO WE ARE
We are a team of expert scientists, visionaries, and architects of the future of the skincare industry.
At Cybele, we’ve taken a step beyond “clean” skincare. We believe that people should have access to the untapped potential of biotechnology. We are proponents of “Science in Action”, breaking boundaries to put revolutionary technology in the hands of consumers. We strive to provide people with the tools to harness the true power of the human body and its microorganisms, bringing out your skin’s natural potential without relying on added synthetics. Backed by a team of industry-leading advisors, our startup combines groundbreaking scientific research with top-level strategy and resources to bring you a new class of natural skincare.
We are not merely a new competitor in the skincare industry. We are the catalyst for a revolution in the skincare industry.
Nicole Scott, PhD, MPH
Cofounder and CEO
Nicole’s mission is to make products that make a meaningful difference to human health. For a long-time she thought this meant understanding human genetics to find drug targets—but after discovering the incredible impact and potential of the microbiome, her work pivoted to methods, modeling, and ultimately commercializing microbiome technologies that could help people’s health and wellness, and prevent disease in the consumer space. She co-founded Cybele Microbiome out of her over 19 years of experience in population and statistical genetics, the microbiome, and the metagenome. She trained at the University of Michigan and University of Chicago and is an expert in the microbiome and metagenome having worked with Drs. Rob Knight and Jack Gilbert. She was the first employee of the Rob Knight’s startup Biota Technology. She is cited >2000 times, is an active member of an NSF microbiome-related grant review committee, a member of the NIAID PPC/TTP workshop for skin applied insect repellents, as well as an invited speaker in the microbiome and metagenome space.
Eddie Adams, PhD
Cofounder and Advisor
Eddie has over 20 years of experience in commercializing technologies and product development and launches in biotechnology. Eddie received his Ph.D., in Biological Chemistry from MIT and completed a post-doc at Harvard. He has expertise in microbiome sample preparation and multiple patents and products in this space. At MO BIO Laboratories his team commercialized what became the gold-standard kits for DNA and RNA extraction for microbiome samples, ultimately contributing to the acquisition of MO BIO by Qiagen. He also previously worked at the Quantum Dot Corporation, NanoMR (acquired by DNAe), and currently is the VP of R&D at Active Motif.
James Lamoureux, PhD
James is a microbiologist who trained with Drs. David Low and Chris Hayes at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to this he earned a masters at UMass and a bachelors at Tufts. James is a serious amateur climber and can be found hiking, camping, and climbing the plethora of excellent climbing locations in southern California when not working in the lab.
Led marketing at the startup Epic Quest Games and was marketing and sales lead for the startup Social Life. UCSD grad.
Liz De Ruyter
PR and Social Media Strategist
Liz is an undergraduate at the University of California San Diego. Prior to Cybele, she performed as marketing lead at Amazon and assisted the launch of marketing campaigns on UCSD’s campus with companies such as Red Bull, Aveeno, PuraVida, and Honest.
Larry Allgaier former CEO of Novartis OTC and president of Mars-Purina, CEO New Chapter (acquired by P&G), current Partner JAB Holding Company
Craig Elbert current CEO of Care/Of, former Head of Marketing at Bonobos (exited to Walmart)
Graham Rigby Current CIO of Care/Of a vitamin/supplement company, former CIO of Organic India and former CIO of New Chapter (acquired by P&G), launched countless products in the consumer and direct to consumer space; Board of Trustee member and Chair of the American Herbal Products Association
Michael D'Arminio former Chief Creative Officer at Arbonne Cosmetics and Philosophy skincare, experienced skincare marketing executive
Dr. Vik Rao Executive Director of Research Triangle Energy Institute, former CTO Halliburton
Damien Perriman MBA SVP business development specialty products at Genomatica, former Dow Chemicals and Verdezyne
Dr. Rob Knight expert in the microbiome and current CSO Biota Technologies Inc., current Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation and Professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering at UCSD, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Microbiology, author of “Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes”, co-author of “Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System", and spoke at TED in 2014, created gold-standard microbiome bioinformatics pipelines QIME, QIITA, and QIIME2 and standard methods of analysis such as UniFrac
Dr. Pieter Dorrenstein expert in chemoinformatics and metabolomics. Cited over 20k times. Created and maintains GNPS database. Profiled in Nature, CNBC, NY Times, Washington Post, and CNN. Current UCSD Professor-Skaggs School of Pharmacy; Director Collaborative Mass Spectrometry Innovation Center; Co-Director, Institute for Metabolomics Medicine.
Dr. Janet Warrington current SVP Centrillion Biosciences, founder at Second Genome (a microbiome company), created the first FDA approved genetic array technology
Dr. Jeff Lievense Senior Advisor to CEO at Genomatica, former Amyris VP, expert in genetic engineering
Dr. Justin Kuczynski Google Senior Developer, Microbiome expert and data scientist, former senior scientist at Second Genome, wrote gold-standard microbiome processing software QIIME, Ph.D. with Rob Knight