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San Francisco: Spotlight

  • Oda Restaurant and Brewery 1500 Owens Street San Francisco, CA 94158 (map)

The Caltech Alumni Association is proud to introduce Spotlight, a new series of events for Caltech Alumni in the San Francisco Bay area. We will highlight 2-3 alumni and hear about their journeys to today. Join us for drinks, food, and conversation in a casual environment.


5:30-6:00 PM Mixer
6:00-6:40 PM Talks
6:40-8:00 PM Reception

About Our Speakers

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Vanessa Burns (BS ’11) She began her scientific career at Caltech researching neuroscience focuses on stress and learning in zebrafish. She earned a degree in bioengineering and a minor in English. Burns leveraged her broad scientific background and strong leadership and teamwork abilities when she started and served as CEO for LumosTech, a company developing the Lumos smart sleep mask to allow people to control their sleep cycle and wake up rested and restored. Currently, she is currently a product manager at InsightRX. She was also a research fellow at Allied Minds to gain hands-on experience with technology scouting, diligence, market discovery, and investment analysis. She earned a PhD from the Stanford University School of Medicine in Chemical and Systems Biology.

Philip Fung (BS) is currently a co-founder at Stealth Women’s Health Startup. In the past, he was a co-founder and CTo at Operator, an AI chat company, a co-founder at the A3 Foundation, a non-profit aimed to promote diversity in media and one of the first engineers at Facebook.

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