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We are on a mission to combat the antibiotic crisis and give you a true science-based solution to acne

Our Story

We are a team of passionate scientists who aim to change your life by giving you back the beautiful skin you were born with. With a mission to combat the antibiotic crisis and a desire to give you a true science-based solution to acne, we have spent the past 7 years perfecting the Phyla system for you.

Phi Therapeutics was founded in 2014 and, like most startups, brought together a team with a vision to change people’s lives and bring science and innovation to an underserved and huge
market.

Our Founders

We are two co-founders with backgrounds in microbiome research, immunology, and biotech manufacturing and quality. The two main passions and core values of the co-founding team were to develop a product line that was backed by science and alleviated the struggle that goes along with chronic skin issues.

Bootstrapping our way via friends family and fools and then thankfully NIH grants, we spent years in research and development on the skin microbiome and how recalibrating the microbiome can effect chronic bacterial disease to a healthy state.

CEO

Yug is an expert in microbiology and specifically the skin microbiome. He has a PhD from Johns Hopkins University and is a postdoctoral scholar from UCSF. He is one of a handful of scientists and formulation chemists in the world that has the skillset and talent to innovate in the microbiome space.

COO

Maria leverages her 15 years of pharmaceutical product development and manufacturing to instill the highest possible quality standards into a product line she uses for herself and would want her friends and family to use. Being an acne sufferer herself, Maria Cho wanted to offer a solution to people like herself that had no good options, or all of the options had terrible side effects including dry, cracked skin, IBS… Prior to joining Phi full time, Maria was head of North American Sales for Fujifilm’s Biologics Manufacturing division, and she sat on the senior leadership team for operations.

Our Founders

We are two co-founders with backgrounds in microbiome research, immunology, and biotech manufacturing and quality. The two main passions and core values of the co-founding team were to develop a product line that was backed by science and alleviated the struggle that goes along with chronic skin issues.

Bootstrapping our way via friends family and fools and then thankfully NIH grants, we spent years in research and development on the skin microbiome and how recalibrating the microbiome can effect chronic bacterial disease to a healthy state.

CEO

Yug is an expert in microbiology and specifically the skin microbiome. He has a PhD from Johns Hopkins University and is a postdoctoral scholar from UCSF. He is one of a handful of scientists and formulation chemists in the world that has the skillset and talent to innovate in the microbiome space.

COO

Maria leverages her 15 years of pharmaceutical product development and manufacturing to instill the highest possible quality standards into a product line she uses for herself and would want her friends and family to use. Being an acne sufferer herself, Maria Cho wanted to offer a solution to people like herself that had no good options, or all of the options had terrible side effects including dry, cracked skin, IBS… Prior to joining Phi full time, Maria was head of North American Sales for Fujifilm’s Biologics Manufacturing division, and she sat on the senior leadership team for operations.

The Phyla™ system was designed to give you the great-looking and healthy skin you deserve. Unveil what nature gave you by being kind to your microbiome.

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