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About SoTeRIAM

Our Company
Named after the Greek goddess of safety and deliverance from harm, SoTeRIAM is a company focused on Solutions for Testing, Reporting, and Inhibiting Adverse Microbes. We deliver those solutions where they are needed most...at the point-of-sampling.

To build such products, you have to have experienced the hardships, and intimately understand the specific challenges, associated with operating complex molecular biology workflows in rugged, austere environments.

All good products are built by 'domain experts'.

All great products are built by frustrated users. 

At SoTeRIAM, we bring years of domain expertise and actual field-forward microbial biosurveillance experience to the process of designing, building, and delivering ultra-mobile laboratory platforms. Our products transform the strategic and logistical calculus associated with bringing hand-held molecular biology hardware & software to mission-critical settings far afield from traditional brick-and-mortar laboratories.

Our People

Dr. Joseph A. Russell, Ph.D.

Founder / CEO

Find his scientific CV here.

"Joe is seeking to leverage his unique understanding of the difficulties associated with field-forward biological work, across a range of disciplines, to bridge the logistical gap between deep molecular insights and the hard-to-reach samples from which they originate."

Joe has been focusing on the development of genomics-based solutions in clinical diagnostics, biosurveillance, and microbial forensics applications in the non-profit contract research sector for over 5 years. He served as the bioinformatics technical lead on a DTRA-funded program for the development of a metagenomics taxonomy classification and analysis tool, PanGIA, designed for routine application in biosurveillance and clinical laboratory environments. He has served on a variety of DoD, DARPA, and NASA funded programs related to optimizing human interaction with microbiological samples, and the generation of actionable data from those samples. Using emerging hand-held molecular hardware, customized bioinformatics software, and the development of integrated mobile platforms, Joe has been working towards pushing genomics and metagenomics further afield, to the point-of-need. Joe completed his Ph.D. in geomicrobiology at the University of Delaware in 2015. His thesis work involved the use of metagenomics and cultivations to explore the microbial ecology of freshwater microbialites at Pavilion Lake in British Columbia (a NASA analog research site), as well as deep subseafloor sediment and oceanic crust samples. Joe has accumulated nearly 4 months at sea on several different oceanographic research vessels, collecting and studying seafloor samples from both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In 2017, Joe deployed to Sierra Leone to assist on-going training efforts in molecular diagnostics during the aftermath of the West Africa Ebola Virus epidemic. His background across varied biological fieldwork operations and 'omics-related technologies led to his leadership in developing the first commercially-available, single-person portable molecular biosurveillance laboratory, Mercury Lab. Joe is seeking to leverage his unique understanding of the difficulties associated with field-forward biological work, across a range of disciplines, to bridge the logistical gap between deep molecular insights and the hard-to-reach samples from which they originate. 

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