Our Founders

Founding members of Mosaic

Jonathan K. Pokorski, Ph.D.


Scientific Advisor

Dr. Pokorski is Associate Professor of NanoEngineering at the University of California San Diego.

His lab is focused on combining protein and polymer science to generate new materials for drug delivery, imaging, and vaccination.

Dr. Pokorski is a co-inventor of Mosaic ImmunoEngineering IP.

Steven N. Fiering, Ph.D.

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Fiering is Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics.  His lab is focused on In situ vaccination to generate therapeutic anti-tumor immunity.

Dr. Fiering is a co-inventor of Mosaic ImmunoEngineering IP.

Robert Garnick, Ph.D.

Board Member

Dr. Garnick has over 30 years of experience in drug development  including 24 years at Genentech leading Quality and Regulatory. He also functioned as Regulatory 

lead for 20 approved products.  Dr. Garnick has a successful track record in venture capital including his experience as a founding investor in Stemcentrx (sold to AbbVie for $5.6B) and BioAnalytix.

Steven King

President, CEO

Mr. King has more than 15 years as CEO and BOD member of NASDAQ biotechnology company Peregrine Pharmaceuticals. He helped raise over $250M to advance lead product and grow CDMO business.  Steve led the Peregrine team to advance the lead product from discovery through phase 3 clinical trials while growing CDMO revenues from startup to over $55M.

Paul Lytle


Mr. Lytle previously EVP, CFO of Breathe Technologies (private VC funded),  successfully navigated the acquisition by Hillrom Holdings (2019).  Paul has over 18 years of CFO  experience with publicly traded biotechnology companies.  He was instrumental in the formation of a biologics manufacturing business and raised over $250M to support business initiatives.

Nicole F. Steinmetz, Ph.D.

Acting Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Steinmetz is a Professor of NanoEngineering and she is the Founding Director of the Center for Nano-ImmunoEngineering at the University of California San Diego. Research in her lab is focused on the study and development of plant virus-based nanotechnology for human and plant health applications. Dr. Steinmetz is Co-inventor of Mosaic ImmunoEngineering IP.