About Us

We are creating a circular plastics economy for the life sciences.

When we think about science, we think about plastic.

We left medical school halfway through our training because the scientific plastic problem kept us up at night.

In 2019, we founded Polycarbin.

Noah Pyles

Co-founder, Co-CEO

Prior to co-founding Polycarbin, Noah was a physician-scientist in training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Prior to enrolling in medical school, Noah spent time as a research technician at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he studied antisense oligonucleotide therapeutics for numerous rare neurological conditions.

An avid fly fisherman and aspiring conservationist, Polycarbin is a chance for Noah to use his training to treat the emperor of all maladies — climate change.

James O'Brien

Co-founder, Co-CEO

Prior to co-founding Polycarbin, James was a physician-scientist in training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Prior to enrolling in medical school, James worked as a research fellow at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research studying cancer metabolism as well as in the National Cancer Institute studying anti-cancer immunity.

Driven by a desire to expand the scope of his work beyond the benchtop and the bedside, Polycarbin is a chance for James to transform the life-science plastic ecosystem.