James Peyer, PhD - Advisor | Apollo Ventures

James Peyer, PhD


James was only sixteen when he decided he would dedicate his life to preventing the diseases of age. He has been a scientist, entrepreneur, and advisor to biotechs and pharma companies, always with a specialization for developing new classes of therapeutics. James founded Apollo to support biotech entrepreneurs strategically, scientifically, and financially as they create the next generation of medicines.

Before Apollo James was a consultant for McKinsey and Company's biotech and pharma practice in New York, where he specialized in biotech entrepreneurship, drug launches for regenerative medicines, and R&D pipeline analysis. He received his PhD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow and worked on the basic biology of stem cells and improving gene therapies. He founded his first company, Genotyp, at 21 to overhaul hands-on science education in the US. Genotyp's innovative biotech equipment leasing model and instructor training earned it the approval of the White House and the National Institutes of Health. It became the first biotech company to receive funding through Kickstarter.com. He received a BA with special honors from the University of Chicago, where he studied immunology.