Portfolio Employee of the Month: David Scholten
David Scholten, Research Associate at Adarza Biosystems
Name: David Scholten
University: University of Missouri
Class of: 2015
What did you study in college? Biochemistry
What is your position at Adarza Biosystems and how long have you been with the company? I am a Research Associate and I have been here for 9 months.
What are you currently working on? I am currently working on stabilizing our chemical vapor deposition process in order to produce quality substrates. I am also involved with increasing production capabilities of our site.
What is next on your list to learn? My next educational milestone is to attend graduate school to get a PhD in Biochemistry or a related field.
What do you like about working at an early stage, life sciences company? My favorite part of working for Adarza is being part of a small, close knit team that allows everyone to make meaningful contributions to the company.
What do you find to be the most interesting part about your job? What has intrigued me most about my job has been the mechanical aspect of the tools and instruments I use. I was never someone who would tinker with tools to tear things down and put them back together again. It was a nice challenge for me to learn how to do that because it was so far out of my comfort zone.
What advice would you give a college student or recent graduates who are considering pursuing a career with an early stage life science/health care company? Go for something you have never had exposure to before. You will be able to learn new skills, as well as some insight about how to manage your own startup and the difficulties that come with it.
How do you like to spend your time unplugged from work? I’m a big reader. My current book is City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. My biggest passion is definitely St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why? Iron man. He has a brilliant mind and essentially unlimited R & D budget, plus his suit is Cardinal red.