Meet our Founder

712 North was founded by Marcel V. Alavi, Ph.D., a scientist turned entrepreneur with more than a decade of hands-on research experience at leading medical research centers, such as the University of California in San Francisco, UCSF. Founder of two early stage biotech companies, Dr. Alavi is an expert in bridging the gap between academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Alavi was awarded a Ph.D. with summa cum laude from the Eberhard-Karls University Tuebingen, Germany and he holds a Master of Science degree from the Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich. Dr. Alavi received training in Protein Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Human Genetics, Pathology, and Bioinformatics. He also has expertise in Marketing and Communications, Business Development, Trademarks and Intellectual Property. Furthermore, Dr. Alavi is familiar with FDA regulations, Drug Development, Science and Health Policies. Dr. Alavi is an inventor and has co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications.