Our mission is to empower you.

We're Natalise, Nathan, and Jigar. We came together because we realized that there's a better way to understand your skin health -- and that's by unlocking the skin microbiome. Using cutting-edge whole genome sequencing, we can enable you to understand your skin on a microbial level, which correlates to skin health, age, and balance. By discovering your skin microbiome type, we can provide true personalization when it comes to skincare and, even, prescriptions.

We know what it's like to try a bunch of products only to find out that they aren't right for us. We're here to change that paradigm. We believe you are unique, and, therefore, your skin health regimen should be, too. With Parallel, our mission is to empower you to achieve your highest skin goals and dare to be your best self.

Natalise Kalea Robinson

Co-Founder + CEO
Stanford MBA | Stanford BA
Serial Startup Leader

"In my teens, I was an avid runner and dancer. Being so active at that time (paired with the wrong skincare regimen) really made my skin break out. So I started using a popular over-the-counter product with benzoyl peroxide, which wreaked even more havoc on my skin - it made my skin really dry and red. Still, I continued to use this product to prevent breakouts. When I went to an aesthetician years later, she said, 'Stop using that stuff! It's prematurely aging your skin.' She was right. I stopped using benzoyl peroxide that day, but since then, I've continued to try different products as a replacement. Nothing has worked better for me as a spot treatment than a high-titer phage serum. And that's what I want to help bring to the world through Parallel's cutting-edge research and development -- personalized microbial formulations that actually work for you."

Nathan Brown

Co-Founder + Chief Science Officer
Oregon St. PhD Microbiology | Univ. Leicester, UK, Post-doc
Microbiologist + Phage Expert

"My skin is quite dry. So growing up, I never had a big problem with acne, though I do occasionally break out from time to time. The bigger issue for me now is that I never wore sunscreen when I was younger, and I spent a lot of time outdoors hiking, skiing, exploring, and running. So now, I have to worry about sun-damage and wrinkles. My personal skin goal is to prevent more sun damage and reduce inflammation to keep my skin texture and tone as youthful as I can. What's amazing is that a high-titer phage serum can calm skin by targeting specific bad bacteria, thereby reducing not only blemishes and breakouts but also low-level inflammation, and slowing aging. I'm excited to bring this technology to the world with Parallel."

Jigar Patel

Chief Medical Officer
Eastern Virginia, BA, MD | Chief Resident, Duke
Board-Certified Dermatologist & Mohs Surgeon

"Our skin is a reflection of not only our inner health but also an evolving interface with our environments. We share parallel lives with the countless microorganisms that reside on our skin - a relationship that we continue to learn more about. I am fascinated with the dynamic nature of cutaneous biology, and with that, I was inspired to become a dermatologist to help the full spectrum of people, from children to adults, of all races, ethnicities, and genders, feel happy and confident with their skin. I believe it is important to understand each patient’s perspective and goals for their well-being. Healthy skin is a personal journey and the treatments we use should be tailored to best align with our own unique and individual biology. I am excited about the potential for our microbiome technology to develop the next generation of precise and personalized skin care."

Natalise Kalea Robinson

Co-Founder + CEO
Stanford MBA | Stanford BA
Serial Startup Leader

"In my teens, I was an avid runner and dancer. Being so active at that time (paired with the wrong skincare regimen) really made my skin break out. So I started using a popular over-the-counter product with benzoyl peroxide, which wreaked even more havoc on my skin - it made my skin really dry and red. Still, I continued to use this product to prevent breakouts. When I went to an aesthetician years later, she said, 'Stop using that stuff! It's prematurely aging your skin.' She was right. I stopped using benzoyl peroxide that day, but since then, I've continued to try different products as a replacement. Nothing has worked better for me as a spot treatment than a high-titer phage serum. And that's what I want to help bring to the world through Parallel's cutting-edge research and development -- personalized microbial formulations that actually work for you."

Nathan Brown

Co-Founder + Chief Science Officer
Oregon St. PhD Microbiology | Univ. Leicester, UK, Post-doc
Microbiologist + Phage Expert

"My skin is quite dry. So growing up, I never had a big problem with acne, though I do occasionally break out from time to time. The bigger issue for me now is that I never wore sunscreen when I was younger, and I spent a lot of time outdoors hiking, skiing, exploring, and running. So now, I have to worry about sun-damage and wrinkles. My personal skin goal is to prevent more sun damage and reduce inflammation to keep my skin texture and tone as youthful as I can. What's amazing is that a high-titer phage serum can calm skin by targeting specific bad bacteria, thereby reducing not only blemishes and breakouts but also low-level inflammation, and slowing aging. I'm excited to bring this technology to the world with Parallel."

Jigar Patel

Chief Medical Officer
Eastern Virginia, BA, MD | Chief Resident, Duke
Board-Certified Dermatologist & Mohs Surgeon

"Our skin is a reflection of not only our inner health but also an evolving interface with our environments. We share parallel lives with the countless microorganisms that reside on our skin - a relationship that we continue to learn more about. I am fascinated with the dynamic nature of cutaneous biology, and with that, I was inspired to become a dermatologist to help the full spectrum of people, from children to adults, of all races, ethnicities, and genders, feel happy and confident with their skin. I believe it is important to understand each patient’s perspective and goals for their well-being. Healthy skin is a personal journey and the treatments we use should be tailored to best align with our own unique and individual biology. I am excited about the potential for our microbiome technology to develop the next generation of precise and personalized skin care."

Advisors

Clinical

Dr. Alex Fogel

Board-Certified Dermatologist, Yale
Stanford MD, MBA

Clinical

Dr. Gary Motykie

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Beverly Hills
Northwestern MD, MBA

Clinical

Dr. Malcolm Chelliah

Dermatologist in Residence, Cleveland Clinic
Stanford MD, MBA

Scientific

Dr. Chris Callewaert

Microbiology, Bioengineering
Specialty: Skin, Armpit
Ghent University, MS, PhD

Scientific

Dr. David Karig

Microbiology
Bioengineering
Specialty: Skin, Aging
Princeton, MA, PhD

Business

Stephanie Robertson

Former New Ventures @J&J
Specialty: Partnerships
UC Berkeley, Chemistry + Biophysics PhD

Tech

Y. Wayne Huang

Engineering, Product
Speciality: Tech, Genomics
UC Davis, MS

Clinical

Dr. Alex Fogel

Board-Certified Dermatologist, Yale
Stanford MD, MBA

Dr. Malcolm Pyles

Dermatologist in Residence, Cleveland Clinic
Stanford MD, MBA

Dr. Gary Motykie

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Beverly Hills
Northwestern MD, MBA

Dr. Vish Banthia

Board Certified Facial Plastic / Otolaryngology Surgeon
Stanford, UCSF, MD

Scientific

Dr. Chris Callewaert

Microbiology, Bioengineering
Specialty: Skin, Armpit
Ghent University, MS, PhD

Dr. David Karig

Microbiology, Bioengineering
Specialty: Skin, Aging
Princeton, MA, PhD

Business

Stephanie Robertson

Former New Ventures @J&J
Specialty: Partnerships
UC Berkeley, Chemistry + Biophysics PhD

Deena Bahri

CMO @ StockX
Former CMO @ Birchbox
Harvard, MBA

Matt Tindall

CEO @ Flightpath Biosciences
Serial Entrepreneur
U of Texas Austin, MBA

Tech

Y. Wayne Huang

Engineering, Product
Speciality: Tech, Genomics
UC Davis, MS

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Natalise Kalea Robinson

Co-Founder + CEO

Stanford MBA | Stanford BA

"In my teens, I was an avid runner and dancer. Being so active at that time (paired with the wrong skincare regimen) really made my skin break out. So I started using a popular over-the-counter product with benzoyl peroxide, which wreaked even more havoc on my skin - it made my skin really dry and red. Still, I continued to use this product to prevent breakouts. When I went to an aesthetician years later, she said, 'Stop using that stuff! It's prematurely aging your skin.' She was right. I stopped using benzoyl peroxide that day, but since then, I've continued to try different products as a replacement. Nothing has worked better for me as a spot treatment than a high-titer phage serum. And that's what I want to help bring to the world through Parallel's cutting-edge research and development -- personalized microbial formulations that actually work for you."

Nathan Brown

Co-Founder + Chief Science Officer

Oregon St. PhD Microbiology | Univ. Leicester, UK, Post-doc

"My skin is quite dry. So growing up, I never had a big problem with acne, though I do occasionally break out from time to time. The bigger issue for me now is that I never wore sunscreen when I was younger, and I spent a lot of time outdoors hiking, skiing, exploring, and running. So now, I have to worry about sun-damage and wrinkles. My personal skin goal is to prevent more sun damage and reduce inflammation to keep my skin texture and tone as youthful as I can. What's amazing is that a high-titer phage serum can calm skin by targeting specific bad bacteria, thereby reducing not only blemishes and breakouts but also low-level inflammation, and slowing aging. I'm excited to bring this technology to the world with Parallel."

Jigar Patel

Chief Medical Officer

Eastern Virginia, BA, MD | Chief Resident, Duke

"Our skin is a reflection of not only our inner health but also an evolving interface with our environments. We share parallel lives with the countless microorganisms that reside on our skin - a relationship that we continue to learn more about. I am fascinated with the dynamic nature of cutaneous biology, and with that, I was inspired to become a dermatologist to help the full spectrum of people, from children to adults, of all races, ethnicities, and genders, feel happy and confident with their skin. I believe it is important to understand each patient’s perspective and goals for their well-being. Healthy skin is a personal journey and the treatments we use should be tailored to best align with our own unique and individual biology. I am excited about the potential for our microbiome technology to develop the next generation of precise and personalized skin care."

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