cohort 9 August 7-11, 2023

Calling AI builders
interested in biotech

Develop an idea, learn the biotech industry, join the community

Application deadline: has past
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Work in CS, data science, or AI and eyeing a biotech shift? Frequency is a free, flexible online program to kickstart your biotech journey, whether you want to do research, join or start a company.

We assume no prior knowledge of biology or the biotech industry, and you’ll leave with an understanding of the industry, the trajectory companies take, and a list of open problems to apply your skills to. Along the way you’ll also hear from founders building companies at the intersection of AI and biotech.

Application deadline: has past

Free to join

Virtual program

One week

5 - 10 flexible hours

Access to experts

A lifelong founder community

Core Sessions

Frequency Bio participants are required to attend each of the sessions below.


Onboarding + virtual meetup

12-1:30PM ET

A primer on the biotech industry

12-1:00PM ET

Creation of biotech companies

12-1:00PM ET

Synthetic biology and applications outside of therapeutics

12-1:00PM ET

Opportunities to get started

12-1:00PM ET

Program Roadmap

Application deadline: has past

Core Sessions

Live virtual sessions covering the fundamentals of finding a co-founder, validating your idea, developing a business model, and raising capital.

(45 minutes | optional)

Founder Talks

Live virtual and recorded talks from experienced founders. Learn about the journey ahead from someone who has been there and done it before.

(60 minutes | optional)

Founder Community

Join a community of future founders that will endure for life. Start to build relationships during the on-boarding session, then stay connected on Slack and through virtual working groups.


Frequency Bio is hosted by Pillar VC. Pillar backs founders from the very beginning — moving ideas from concept to real-world application. In biotech, Pillar has spearheaded the founder-led bio movement creating resources, building community and leading investments into the life science ecosystem.

Russ Wilcox

Partner, Pillar

Tony Kulesa

Principal, Pillar
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Thomas de Vlaam

Principal, Pillar

Madelyn Heart

Head of Bio Platform, PIllar


Frequency Bio includes both live Founder Talks and recorded sessions.

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Daphne Koller

Founder & CEO, Insitro
Aug 2023
Aug 2023
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Andrew White

Prof, University of Rochester
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Nicholas Larus-Stone

Founder, Sphinx Bio
Aug 2023
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Debbie Marks

Prof, Harvard Medical School
Aug 2023

Max Jamilly

Hoxton Farms
Jan 2023

Daisy Robinton

Oviva Therapeutics
Aug 2022
Aug 2022

Jake Becraft

Strand Therapeutics

Reshma Shetty

Ginkgo Bioworks
Jan 2022

Nabiha Saklayen

April 2021

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