The TPB Pioneers program is a platform for scientists and engineers who want to use their discoveries, skills, and passion to turn remarkable research into transformative businesses across human health, food, agriculture, biomanufacturing and the broader life sciences. If you are eager to catalyze and accelerate your research and ideas, are looking for a culture that unapologetically fosters risk-taking and solving hard problems, and want a partner that can help bring your work to the real world in an accelerated way, join us.
The Production Board operates as a venture foundry, helping scientists and engineers develop novel research into incubated businesses. TPB Pioneers will work onsite with TPB’s broader team to conduct their research, achieve key milestones, and ultimately graduate standalone businesses.
TPB offers true partnership - each Pioneer will work closely with a New Ventures Lead who will be your partner as you explore applications of your research, set business strategy and goals, and build out a team. TPB provides ongoing strategic and operating support, recruiting resources, technical facilities, and the capital needed to conduct early-stage research and build a scaled operating business.
Learn new fields in pursuit of a thesis and decide what you work on. Your research is funded by TPB, and comes with a competitive pay and benefits package. Have the autonomy you need to succeed.
Each of the markets you’ll aim to transform are large ($100B+). By lowering the environmental footprint of humans and/or improving human health, you’ll experience the joy of seeing your work have a real-world impact.
You’ll have direct access to all of the capital, expertise, and support of the full TPB team. Get the benefit of decades of lessons learned building successful standalone businesses.
Creating real impact using science and engineering requires unwavering persistence and the room to iterate towards success. We’ve set TPB up with patient, long term capital, that’ll be with you for the long run.
Now is the time to heal our planet and its inhabitants. We believe that science and engineering, not their absence, are needed to carry us forward.
For thousands of years, humans haven’t fundamentally changed how we make things, we’ve simply scaled up making them using yesteryear’s technologies. While the humans of the developed world have realized gains in livelihood and lifestyle through this approach, all of us, as well as the rest of the planet, are suffering from the consequences of our prosperity as the consequences of climate change, loss of species and arable land, and new risks to human health emerge.
Meanwhile, the merging of digital technologies and the life sciences has unlocked profound opportunities that we believe will resolve some of the most pressing drivers and consequences of climate change, extend human life, and restore planetary biodiversity. Never before could we so easily read, write, and engineer our physical world, its inhabitants, and our bodies to realize the outcomes we desire.
Unlike a traditional venture fund, The Production Board is structured to conduct primary scientific research and build new companies from the ground up. Our unique operating structure and investor set affords us the flexibility to tackle some of the world’s hardest problems by building companies from scratch, taking a long-term investment outlook, providing our operating teams the runway to be creative, aspirational, and risk-assuming.
We’ve successfully partnered with technical co-founders like you to scale multiple businesses, each of which aims to reimagine earth. If you’d like to join us, please apply to the TPB Pioneers program.
The TPB Pioneers program is a platform for scientists and engineers who want to use their discoveries, skills, and passion to turn remarkable research into transformative businesses across human health, food, agriculture, biomanufacturing and the broader life sciences.
If you are eager to catalyze and accelerate your research and ideas, are looking for a culture that unapologetically fosters risk-taking and solving hard problems, and want a partner that can help bring your work to the real world in an accelerated way, join us.
TPB is backed by leading strategic and financial investors, including Alphabet, Allen & Company LLC, Cascade, Emerson Collective, and funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Baillie Gifford, Koch Disruptive Technologies, Counterpoint Global (Morgan Stanley), Foxhaven Asset Management, and Arrowmark Partners.
Tackling hard problems at scale typically requires a healthy mix of curiosity, optimism and unconventional perspective. We encourage candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply, particularly if these qualities describe. You are:
We’ve set out to make the TPB Pioneers program the easiest way for those with a background in science and engineering to pursue their work and partner with TPB to build world-changing businesses. Questions we often get asked:
There are 3 distinct stages in our program:
At each step, you’ll be supported by the full complement of TPB’s resources including access to the world’s leading experts, recruiting leaders, core operating functions, and adequate capital to fulfill your work’s full potential. TPB provides all the capital for our foundry projects from proof-of-concept through to growth-stage.
Yes. As a Scientist/Engineer or CSO/CTO-in-residence, you’ll get a competitive salary and benefits package. When we co-found a company with you, you will also have a substantial equity stake in that business.
TPB Pioneers is not an accelerator program. We are not seeking to partner with entrepreneurs running existing businesses who need capital. Our unique foundry model means we partner closely with Pioneers to define the business strategy and goals, recruit the initial team, provide all operating functions (HR, Finance, Legal, Facilities, and G&A), offer up technical and general business facilities, and invest all of the capital needed to go from early-stage proof-of-concept development through to later-stage growth.
We believe everyone at every company is a Founder. This principle speaks to the notion that every business evolves and is, in effect, “founded” every day. Thus, we try to avoid assigning the traditional “Founder” roles and titles to just a select few individuals and work hard to ensure that everyone and every organization feels like and acts like a Founder.
Our Pioneers and early team members typically end up with equity stakes commensurate with well-funded Seed/Series A stage executive-level hires while earning market competitive salaries and benefits.
No. We are looking to partner with top scientific and engineering leaders to help turn your skills and research into world-changing businesses. This is typically an iterative process and can take some time.
Every Pioneer is different. So, we keep an open mind when reviewing applications. But, ideally you’d have the following background for our different Pioneer tracks:
Chief Technology Officer/ Chief Science Officer track:
Scientists or Engineer-in-residence
Today! We review applications on a rolling basis and against a rapidly-evolving industry landscape. Even if we’re all booked up for now, we want to get to know you, for when slots open up.
We usually have between 4-10 active foundry projects at any given point in time. As they become standalone businesses, our New Ventures team is freed up to explore new projects with new Pioneers.
Not necessarily. In the earliest stages, it’s a little harder to get access to lab space and all of the other resources TPB can provide in the SF Bay Area, but our businesses span a range of industries and geographies already.
Within 2 weeks.