Scott Parazynski

Co-Founder & Chief Explorer

Scott Parazynski is an accomplished explorer and has dedicated his life to diverse challenges in extreme environments.  An accomplished NASA astronaut, physician, mountaineer, pilot, diver, explorer,inventor and entrepreneur, he completed five Space Shuttle Missions and conducted seven spacewalks. Mission highlights included participating in the first U.S.-Russian spacewalk and serving as Senator John Glenn’s crewmate and personal physician.

Beyond low Earth orbit, Parazynski is an expert mountaineer, summiting Mount Everest in 2009 and master scuba diver charged with conducting a 2005 NASA-sponsored expedition into Lake Titicaca in the Andean Altiplano.

He received a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University in 1983, and graduated with honors from Stanford Medical School in 1989. Parazynski is Founder and Chief Technology Officer of BlueDot, focused on unlocking disruptive inventions from national laboratories for large global impact. He is a Fellow of The Explorers Club and was recently selected for the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Follow Scott’s expeditions on Twitter @AstroDocScott or visit his website.

Guillermo Söhnlein

Co-Founder & CEO

An entrepreneur with a passion for exploration, Guillermo Söhnlein has successfully launched seven for-profit ventures and three nonprofit organizations focused on technology innovation, space commercialization, and ocean exploration.

An expedition leader, submersible pilot, and scuba diver, as Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of OceanGate (2009-2013), Söhnlein led six ocean exploration expeditions with manned submersibles in Puget Sound, Monterey, Catalina Island and Miami.

Söhnlein is a Venture Partner at Nexxus Ventures, a Silicon Valley international incubator, accelerator, technology lab, and venture fund. He previously founded or co-founded the Space Angels Network, Sea-Space Initiative (part of the Exploration Institute), International Association of Space Entrepreneurs (part of the Space Frontier Foundation) and the OceanGate Foundation. He has served as Chairman of the Marine Technology Society’s Ocean Exploration Committee and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for both Deep Space Industries and the WayPaver Foundation.  A former member of the Deep Submersible Pilots Association and former officer of the U.S. Marine Corps, Söhnlein earned an A.B. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and J.D. from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.

Justin Bursch

EVP of Production
& Corporate Development

Justin Bursch is an accomplished mountaineer, a PADI and NAUI certified rescue driver, FAA certified pilot and movie producer. Co-Founder and Partner at Bar 45 Media, Bursch has produced more than 25 movies and television series with A-list actors. A bondable producer, Bursch has worked with top studios, production companies, and distributors including Paramount Pictures, STX Entertainment, Voltage Pictures, Wonderland Sound & Vision, FilmNation, Universal, Sony, Fox and others. He brings his thorough knowledge as a filmmaker to his passion for science and adventure.

Bursch’s vast working experience across seven countries have been instrumental in developing a rigorous understanding of agreements, union and government liaising, managing relationships with talent and representatives, and overseeing production logistics and budgets.

A Spokane, WA native, Bursch earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing from Central Washington University, where he was a four-year letterman on the men’s basketball team and played in the NCAA Division 2 National Basketball Tournament all four years, serving as team captain his junior and senior year.

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