Yan Poon, Ph.D.

Vice President of Biology

Yan joined UNITY in early 2015 as the VP of Biology to elucidate the role of aging mechanisms in disease states and to develop medicines in areas of great unmet need. Yan works on building companies that have a dramatic potential to positively alter the course of humans. Before UNITY, Yan co-founded and ultimately was the VP of Research and Development at Sapphire Energy, an algae biotechnology company that raised over $300 million in financing to create a new source of transportation fuels and decrease the total life cycle carbon emissions. At Sapphire Energy, Yan led a team of over 50 biologists, chemists, and engineers to build towards a novel platform technology. Prior to Sapphire, he was a consulting scientist at Kythera Biopharmaceuticals. Yan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a B.S. in Chemistry and an A.B. in Molecular and Cell Biology. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology where he conducted crystallographic studies of prokaryotic mechanosensitive channels in the lab of Professor Douglas C. Rees.