Anna Faddeeva-Vakhrusheva joined Merck Ventures, New Businesses team as an Analyst in September 2016. Anna is a PhD candidate in Bioinformatics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her PhD was focused on the genomes analysis of two soil organisms, and the outcome has important implications for soil quality assessment. During the last year of her PhD Anna worked as a part-time business developer at Owl Tech, a start-up company from ESA-BIC incubator that develops next-generation 3D printers that use magnetic levitation. Anna holds M.Sc. in Bioinformatics and Bioengineering from Moscow State University, Russia. Anna is based in Amsterdam.