It's so nice to meet you.

We're Natalise and Nathan, the co-founders of Parallel. 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 shotgun metagenomics, we can enable you to understand your skin on a microbial level, which correlates to skin health, age, and balance, and provide true personalization.

As consumers ourselves, 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. With Parallel, we empower you with meaningful skin microbiome data, so that you can achieve your highest skin goals and dare to be your best self.

About Us

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."

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."

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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."

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