Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Names Gajus Worthington Chief Operating Officer

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Chan Zuckerberg Biohub:

  • New COO is co-founder and former CEO of Fluidigm, a provider of life science research tools
  • Joins co-presidents Joseph DeRisi and Stephen Quake on CZ Biohub management team
  • Focus will be on building out infrastructure at non-profit medical research organization that launched in late 2016
  • Strong technical background seen as valuable asset given CZ Biohub’s emphasis on engineering and technology for biomedical research

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZ Biohub) today announced Gajus Worthington has joined its management team as chief operating officer, bringing his more than 17 years of executive management experience in the life science sector to the non-profit, medical research organization.

“CZ Biohub is poised to catalyze major biological discoveries at an unprecedented pace and contribute fundamentally in humanity's fight against disease,” said Worthington. “I am honored to be part of the amazing team Joe and Steve are assembling, and I’m eager to build out an operation that will help realize CZ Biohub’s incredible potential. This is a very exciting opportunity and I cannot wait to dig in.”

“Gajus brings a unique combination of technical and managerial experience that will help us evolve from our startup phase into a leading non-profit research institution,” said Joseph DeRisi, co-president of CZ Biohub. “He managed Fluidigm as the company grew from its founding to many prosperous years as a publicly traded company. We are fortunate to have someone with that experience join our leadership team.”

Worthington was a co-founder of Fluidigm Corporation and served as President and CEO from 1999 to 2016. Prior to Fluidigm, he held a variety of engineering, marketing and management positions at Actel Corporation. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in physics and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

“I have known Gajus for many years and I couldn’t be more excited about having him in the role of COO,” said Stephen Quake, co-president of CZ Biohub. “It is rare to find someone with his intellect, passion for science and technology, and track record of building a successful organization. I worked with Gajus at Fluidigm and I look forward to working with him again as he helps us scale CZ Biohub.”

About the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

The CZ Biohub is an independent, non-profit, medical research organization collaborating with the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco to harness the power of science, technology and human capacity to cure, prevent or manage all diseases during our children’s lifetime. For more information about the CZ Biohub, visit


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Jeff Scott, +1 408-348-3651

Release Summary

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub announced Gajus Worthington is its new COO, bringing more than 17 years of management experience in the life science sector to the non-profit, medical research organization.


iQ 360 for CZ Biohub
Jeff Scott, +1 408-348-3651