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Dan Watkins


Partner at Mercury Fund

Dan Watkins is a Partner with Mercury Fund.  His current interest is in data science to drive the next wave of innovation in healthcare, agriculture, and industrial markets.  Previously, Dan held the roles of Vice President at a boutique investment banking firm and was Worldwide Manager of Operations and Control Systems for Scientific Software-Intercomp. Representative life sciences investments include DNAtrix, Blackthorn Therapeutics, Swift Biosciences Benson Hill Biosystems and Resonant Therapeutics. He has also served as founding CEO for DNAtrix and Courier Therapeutics. Dan is also a founder of Mercury Data Science which provides AI and data science expertise to both Mercury portfolio companies and others.

Dan received a B.S. from Rice University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, all in Materials Science.

Outside of Mercury, Dan serves on the advisory boards of Northwestern University’s Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO), the University of Michigan’s Venture Center Council, and Rice 360 Institute for Global Health.  Dan is also a co-founder of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University.

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