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Kartik Ramamoorthi started the gene therapy company Encoded in an unusual way: by pitching it during a job interview.

In 2014, Ramamoorthi found himself interviewing for a position at the Gates Foundation’s venture investments group. He already had a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and some post-graduate experience as a founding member of Voyager Therapeutics, a Third Rock Ventures-backed neurodegeneration startup.

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