About Sunrise Science


From our inception in 2005, we promised ourselves and our customers we would be the kind of company people enjoyed working with and working for. We hold customers and colleagues in the highest regard, and believe there is a place in this world for success in business without sacrificing values, relationships or common sense. Communication with our team is as easy and convenient as the items we make. You can expect high-quality products backed by timely personal support from cheerful people. We promise you will love working with us!


We specialize in careful, consistent, handcrafted milling of selective and non-selective growth media formulations, primarily for researchers working with yeast. We are grateful for our loyal customers around the world working with S. cerevisiae, S. pombe, P. pastoris, and a variety of other organisms in the research, brewing, and biofuel industries.

Who We Are

David Simpson, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, President, CEO
  • Hometown Ansonia, CT
  • Favorite non-human organism(s) Succulents
  • Person you’d like to have lunch or hike with My father
  • Book(s) you never get tired of re-reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Most effective escape Following hiking trails less traveled by others
  • Favorite song lyric or quote "Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it alright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.”—Henry David Thoreau
  • Superpowers or special skills Renaissance Man, able to know about a variety of topics and how to make or fix things
  • Comfort food of choice Chili

Dave received his Ph.D. in Molecular Virology from Northwestern University, and held a postdoctoral position at the University of Florida. His academic background includes virology, cell biology, molecular biology, and proteomics. Dave has expressed and purified soluble and/or membrane-bound proteins from E. coli, yeast, mammalian and insect cell culture. Dave moved to Quidel Corporation to advance development and manufacturing of immunodiagnostics products. He created and managed the molecular biology and protein expression R&D groups as well as the antibody production and bioreagents manufacturing departments. His role also included troubleshooting and improvement of existing products as well as transfer of new R&D products to manufacturing. As director of manufacturing and R&D at Qbiogene, Dave developed new products for DNA and RNA isolation, and maintained high-quality manufacturing of all purification kits, E. coli media and yeast media formulations. During his tenure, he improved many existing processes and developed innovative new manufacturing methods. Having worked in many diverse areas from a range of different perspectives, Dave’s insight into the mechanics of in vivo and in vitro biological processes allow him to offer highly technical product support, and to effectively troubleshoot problems before or after they occur. Dave’s outside interests include beer brewing, hiking and free flight model airplane building.

Liz Kylin

Co-founder and COO
  • Hometown Hudson, Ohio
  • Favorite non-human organism(s) Dahlias, diatoms, and my dog Kyla
  • Person you’d like to have lunch or hike with Neil Peart
  • Book(s) you never get tired of re-reading Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
  • Most effective escape Driving fast across the desert while chasing freight trains
  • Favorite song lyric or quote “It’s not as if this barricade blocks the only road.” -Neil Peart (Rush)
  • Superpowers or special skills Discrepancy Detector, Oracle, and Guidance Counselor
  • Comfort food of choice Any form of melted cheese on starch

Liz launched her full-time career in the Southern California biotech industry making kits, cDNA libraries, providing technical support and covering inside sales for Stratagene. She next moved to BIO 101, Inc. to become product manager for the GENECLEAN purification kits, FastPrep homogenizer and the extensive Yeast Media and Bacterial Media product lines. Liz followed the BIO 101 products through the merger that formed Qbiogene and into the acquisition by MP Biomedicals in Irvine, CA. Liz holds a degree in Biology from the University of California at San Diego and a M.A. Degree in Organizational Management. She makes it her mission to ensure everyone plays well together to get the job done efficiently, with respect for themselves and others, while having a lot of fun, and putting customers first. Liz, while supervised by her dog Kyla, enjoys writing with many commas, capturing things with her camera that bring her joy, driving across the desert, and chasing freight trains.

Becky Clines

Sales Director
  • Hometown Carlsbad, CA
  • Favorite non-human organism(s) Canis lupus familiaris (more specifically, the Great Dane)
  • Person you’d like to have lunch or hike with Queen Elizabeth I
  • Book(s) you never get tired of re-reading All the books!! All the time!!
  • Most effective escape Reading
  • Favorite song lyric or quote "If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee." –John Donne (1572-1631)
  • Superpowers or special skills Eyes in the back of my head.
  • Comfort food of choice Coke Slurpee with a splash of Wild Cherry for extra flavor

Becky has been a part of the biotech industry since starting at BIO 101, Inc. There, she was a customer service supervisor, served as the sales and marketing coordinator, held the role of international account executive, and associate product manager. When BIO 101 merged with Qbiogene and then was acquired by MP Biomedicals, Becky was the product manager for all bacterial and growth media. She later moved back to San Diego County to work as the director of sales and marketing for several local companies. She joined the Sunrise Science Products team in 2011 and brings a calm and positive outlook to any project. She is the ambassador for the company at meetings both here and abroad, and coordinates all sales training for the sales team or distributors, both domestic and international. Becky holds a degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, and, when she’s not working, she can be found reading or volunteering for P.E.O., an organization that supports women’s education.

Joan Myers

"Knox Ops" Specialist
  • Hometown Richfield, OH
  • Favorite non-human organism(s) My cats, giraffes
  • Person you’d like to have lunch or hike with Duchesses of Cambridge
  • Book(s) you never get tired of re-reading Historical novels
  • Most effective escape Being creative
  • Favorite song lyric or quote "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." - 1 Corinthians 13:7
  • Superpowers or special skills Mad organizing skills
  • Comfort food of choice Frozen yogurt

The Sunrise Science Community

Energy & Inspiration Source

Our efforts are championed by a talented and flexible group of part-time employees, independent contractors, loyal customers, supportive family members, a variety of pets, and the countless single-celled organisms for which we provide food. This community provides us with a supportive framework that is both kinetic and dependable, allowing us to continually grow, adapt, and evolve. We are grateful for everyone who has encouraged, challenged, and congratulated us during our journey, and we look forward to many more years and relationships to come.

Image provided by Jason Brickner, Department of Molecular Biosciences, Northwestern University