Introducing OIST Entrepreneur-in-Residence: Eli Lyons, CEO of GenomeMiner

OIST is pleased to welcome Mr. Eli Lyons as Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Eli is Co-founder and CEO of GenomeMiner and is currently participating in the OIST Startup Accelerator Program. GenomeMiner is a startup based in Japan aimed at developing AI tools to analyze microbial genomes for novel biosynthetic gene clusters. The company has raised seed venture funding and closed over USD500K in partnership deals.

As Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Eli is available to provide guidance to the OIST community interested in starting their own company. He also serves as a resource on various programs available to OIST to support researchers at the beginning of their entrepreneurial journey.

OIST members interested in technology commercialization, working in industry, and entrepreneurship are free to schedule time with Eli during office hours by emailing him at:


About Eli Lyons

Eli Lyons is Co-founder and CEO of GenomeMiner. Originally from California, Eli moved to Japan for PhD studies in the Department of Computational Biology and Medical Science at the University of Tokyo. His research included analyzing data from high-throughput mutagenic screens, wet-lab work in retinal development, and transcriptome analysis. While enrolled in his PhD he joined a Japanese startup and designed detailed protocols for applying Next-Generation Sequencing to phage display screens and performed business development. Eli is also a Co-founder and Advisor to Bisu, which recently raised seed venture funding. Eli has an MSc in Computer Engineering and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.