For ShapeTX Chief Technology Officer Adrian Briggs, scientific discovery has been a fascination since childhood. He grew up around many family members who made science their lives’ work, including an uncle who studied as a primatologist with Jane Goodall.

Immersed in scientific thinking from his early days, Adrian started his career on the team at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology that first sequenced the genome of humans’ closest extinct relative, the neanderthal. In the course of his research, Adrian contributed to publications that led to his mentor, Svante Pääbo, winning the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The excitement of his successes at the Max Planck Institute lit a fire in Adrian to develop technologies that solve seemingly insurmountable scientific problems. That drew him away from anthropology and eventually to ShapeTX, where he leads a team that’s creating a truly disruptive end-to-end gene therapy. 

Learn why Adrian loves collaborating with people who share his fascination with science, and his dedication to creating solutions that improve patients’ lives:

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