2019 Ambassador of the Year
Alan Blake is a co-founder and CEO of Nuclein, LLC, an early-stage molecular diagnostics company that is developing a platform for rapid, inexpensive, and portable infectious disease detection.
Alan was previously a co-founder and CEO of Yorktown Technologies. Yorktown is best known for GloFish®, brilliantly colored fluorescent fish, which are the world’s most visible example of consumer biotechnology and the only widely-marketed biotech animal. GloFish was sold to Spectrum Brands (NYSE: SPB) in 2017, by which point it had grown to drive an estimated 15% of all dollars spent in the U.S. aquarium fish market.
Additionally, Alan currently serves on the board of Falcon Structures, and he is a mentor at Capital Factory, as well as an Advisory Partner for Trinity Private Equity Group. He has formerly served as the Austin chapter president of the Entrepreneur’s Organization, and as a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of the Austin Area, PrideBites, LLC, and Well Aware, as well as a mentor for Incubation Station (now SKU). Prior to co-founding Yorktown Technologies, Alan founded ClassMap, a venture-funded online learning company that ultimately served professors at 75 universities. Alan is also a winner of the prestigious Austin Under 40 award and holds 21 U.S. patents.
Alan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a BBA with Highest Honors.