David Puerta Ph.D.
COO and VP of Discovery

David Puerta Ph.D., COO and VP of Discovery & co-founder.  Prior to Forge, David led discovery at Living Proof (acquired by Unilever) where he helped discover and develop new chemistry technologies for consumer products.  He received a BA in Chemistry from California State University Dominguez Hills and while earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry & Biochemistry from UCSD he helped develop the foundation of Forge’s technology.  David is a leading expert on metalloenzymes and has a history of metal-working in his family: one grandfather was a blacksmith in a New Mexico coal mining town while his other grandfather ran his own tool-and-die factory in Los Angeles.