Sam is an experienced entrepreneur and scientist specializing in bringing mission-driven, science-forward ventures to market.
Sam is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Poppy, an institutional venture-backed technology company located in San Francisco and Toronto.
He previously co-founded Meta, an artificial intelligence company focused on scientific knowledge. In 2017 Meta was acquired by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to make its technologies and tools freely available for researchers around the world.
Sam has received several honours for his work in both scientific research and in business, and most recently was awarded Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. Sam was named #20 on Fast Company Magazine’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2017. In 2016, he won the Martin Walmsley Fellowship Award and previously the Banting & Best Doctoral Fellowship.
Meta was recognized as one of the Top 10 Innovations of 2014 by The Scientist Magazine, and has been written about in MIT Technology Review, TechCrunch, The Economist, Fortune, ReCode, Engadget, Wired, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, NewsWeek, and Communications of the ACM among others. Meta’s acquisition by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was covered in more than 160 news and magazine outlets.
Sam’s research has been published in Nature Genetics, Nature Cell Biology, Science Translational Medicine, Cancer Cell, PNAS, and JCI, among others.
He is a frequent speaker on scientific information and technology for good, and for three years running, on AI for Good at the United Nations.