Ben Vollrath, PhD

Chief Operating Officer

Ben Vollrath

About Ben Vollrath

Dr. Vollrath is a seasoned life science executive and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical and biotech companies. His expertise covers the gamut of developing biotech startups from inception to exit.

Until 2014, Dr. Vollrath served as CEO of Xetrios Therapeutics, an emerging biotech company focused on developing novel therapeutics for immunological disorders and cancer. Kolltan Pharmaceuticals acquired Xetrios in 2014. Before that, Dr. Vollrath spent over four years as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Avalon Ventures; a San Diego-based VC firm focused on developing early-stage life science companies.

Dr. Vollrath co-founded several biotech companies, including Afraxis (focused on CNS therapeutics, subsequently sold to Genentech for $187M), Carolus Therapeutics (focused on therapeutics for inflammatory diseases), and Otonomy (Nasdaq: OTIC, focused on therapeutics for diseases of the inner and middle ear).

Before Avalon, Dr. Vollrath was a scientist at Renovis, a San Francisco-based CNS drug discovery company, and Merck. Dr. Vollrath has broad experience managing virtual and semi-virtual research programs and is an inventor of over 40 patents or patent applications.

“Discovery is fun. We are exploring something that nobody’s ever done before while making a contribution to solving this problem.”


Amprion has some important news we need to share with you!

To improve patient access to the SYNTap® biomarker test (CSF), Amprion is reducing the self-pay price for tests with service dates on or after July 1, 2023.

Old self-pay price: $1500.00. New self-pay price: $995.00

Effective July 1, 2023, there is a New ABN (Advanced Beneficiary Notification) form for use when ordering the SYNTap® biomarker test (CSF) for patients on Medicare. Order Process

CPT/PLA – The SYNTap® test has been issued a dedicated PLA code to be used when billing: 0393U
We have applied to be a medicare provider and will soon be able to courtesy bill Medicare for your patients.