Today we’re talking to Peter Rahfeld, CSO of ABOzymes; and we discuss how Peter’s company hopes to make blood types obsolete by being able to change any blood to Type O. Learn about the science and the business behind this breakthrough right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast! 

Learn more at https://www.abozymes.com

About Peter Rahfeld:

During his post-doctoral research at the University of British Columbia, Peter discovered enzymes from the human microbiome that can convert type-A red blood cells to type-O, the universal blood group. This discovery inspired Peter to co-found ABOzymes Biomedical with the vision of making ABO-blood types obsolete and converting all donated blood to O blood.

About ABOzymes:

ABOzymes Biomedical Inc. (pronounced A-B-O-zymes) is a preclinical stage company with an innovative platform that enables a world where a person’s blood type is no longer the first constraint when patients need life-saving organ transplants or blood transfusions.

Our first product, ABOperfusion-A, is an enzyme additive to existing organ preservation solutions that converts the cell surface antigen that determines blood group A to group O, universal donor type.

The antigens that determine blood type are present on all endothelial and epithelial cells. So by converting blood group A organs for transplantation to group O, our technology will:

-Enable more donor organ matching opportunities

-Optimize allocation of donor organs

-Ensure more equitable distribution of donor organs

-Reduce the donor organ wait list times for patients who are difficult to match

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company LeaderBits.io. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of BeasleyFoundation.org a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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