Maxx Chatsko

I'm on a mission to better understand the field of synthetic biology, which is a collection of tools applied to living things (microbes, human cells, wild animals) to attain useful outcomes (chemical production, curing of disease, protecting ecosystems). Essentially, it's a story about using biology as technology. It's about making genetic codes as easy to read, edit, and write as software code. It's about insulating supply chains and avoiding carbon dioxide emissions. It's about all of us -- the walking, talking biological machines taking instructions from our genes.

General Information

Maxx Chatsko
Fool Since:
September 21 2009
XMFBlacknGold (1/13/2016), TMFBlacknGoldOld (10/1/2015), BlacknGold (1/2/2013)
Where I Live:
Pittsburgh, PA
Where I Grew Up:
Everywhere on the East Coast

Investing Basics

Investing Experience:
Medium Low
Risk Tolerance:
Medium High
Investing Style:
Motley (i.e. Anything goes!)
Portfolio Size:
Medium (4-12 Stocks)
Types of Investments:
Stick to what I know, which is synthetic biology and industrial biotech. My portfolio is small today, but the plan is to invest in leading companies as they IPO in next several years and hold for a long time.
Stocks I Own:

Investing Favorites

Everything that is touched with synthetic biology tools is on the table. Which means, well, everything.

Investing Expertise

My Area of Expertise:
My goal is to help people invest better with science. I'm best with biomanufacturing and synthetic biology tools, although I'm fascinated with technologies that monetize costs for specific industries (waste CO2 manufacturing, nuclear waste-consuming reactors, etc).
Worst Investment:
URA (week before Fukushima! lost about 40%)

Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
___B.S. Bioprocess Engineering, SUNY-ESF 2012 ___MS Materials Science Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University 2016 (may switch to PhD)
Job Title
Company / Organization
The Motley Fool
Former Jobs
Scientist at ChemImage Corp., Blogger for TMF, Editor-in-Chief of SynBioBeta


Personal Quote:
"A country without idols is nothing." -Roberto Clemente
My Interests:
Reading, running, completing my arm sleeve, drinking lots and lots of tea, kayaking the Three Rivers
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Neil Tyson, Michio Kaku, Richard Dawkins
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Pirates, Penguins, Steelers. You're blindsided. I know.

An Interview with TMFBlacknGold

Last updated: 12/9/2014
The Fool:
In what way would society be different if bears had become the dominant sentient species?
Charmin Ultra would be the lowest grade toilet paper.

How I Invest

Keep it simple, stupid.