Brian H. JohnstonBA, PhD
Brian H Johnston is Founder and CEO of SomaGenics, which invents and develops RNA-based therapeutics and diagnostic tools. He holds a BA in Chemistry from Pomona College, a PhD in Biophysical Chemistry from UC Berkeley, and performed Postdoctoral research at UC San Francisco and MIT. He subsequently moved to SRI International, where he was a founding Director of the Nucleic Acids Program before starting SomaGenics. He is author of some 56 research publications and reviews and has been a Principal Investigator or Co-investigator of research grants totaling $20 million.
He has held faculty appointments at MIT, Stanford, and the University of Paris. Dr. Johnston has over 30 years of experience in scientific innovation and product development. He holds a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and did post-doctoral research at UCSF and MIT. Dr. Johnston was previously Director of the Nucleic Acids Program at SRI International and Consulting Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has coauthored 56 scientific papers and 24 patents.