Tayo Sanders II, Ph.D.

Venture Studio Director

tsanders.ctr@southernresearch.org

Tayo Sanders II, Ph.D., has spent the last seven years working with investors and startups in the biotech and industrial technology space. Most recently, he led due diligence on more than 15 companies, totaling more than $130 million in deployed capital as a senior member of the investment team at the Boston-based VC firm, Anzu Partners. Prior to that, Tayo led technical diligence on Anzu’s first investment, Axsun Technologies, which was acquired for an 8x return in 2019. Tayo received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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