Andrew Satz (CEO) and I had a conversation covering a question we hear quite a bit: how did we come up with the name EVQLV? It’s an interesting story that includes evolution, amino acids and startups. Enjoy!
Transcript of Conversation
Daniel: Andrew, how did you come up with the name EVQLV?
Andrew: We started working on evolutionary algorithms in 2019, and we always thought about the fact we were building things around evolution. Obviously, if you look around the internet, the word “evolution” or “evolve.com” are taken as company names. As we were developing our work, and we’re in the antibody space, and antibodies are comprised of amino acids. There are 20 common amino acids and they’re each represented by a letter of the alphabet, and the first five letters on the heavy chain of the amino acid sequence are E-V-Q-L-V. We were like, wow, that’s very cool! It looks like the word “evolve.”
Some other things, we want to change the way people see life sciences and pharmaceuticals. So, making the “O” a “Q” was a nod to that goal. Interestingly enough, when I thought about how the logo would look, I thought we should make the line coming out of the Q a double helix…when we tried to make it, it looked really weird. EVQLV [the name] is also very startupy. You know, companies use a 3 instead of a B or a 4 instead of an A…it was really all of those things coming together and we agreed: this is an awesome name.