Applied Biological Laboratories

At the crossroads
of nature and science

Applied Biological Laboratories Inc. is a New York biotechnology company committed to the research, development, manufacturing, and distribution of scientifically validated natural products that strengthen the body’s innate defenses. Our first round of product offerings contains powerful molecules identified in our laboratories as well as through decades of peer-reviewed scientific research at leading universities. These product offerings help the body protect against and recover from some of the most common respiratory ailments.

Who is Applied Bio?

Nazlie Latefi, PhDCo-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Nazlie is a seasoned research scientist with substantial business experience. Previous to founding Applied Bio she directed major scientific research efforts, helped bring many products to market, and directed public-private partnerships at a multi-billion dollar private equity firm. Nazlie holds a PhD in molecular neuroscience from McGill University where she studied how adhesion molecules initiate synaptogenesis in the developing vertebrate nervous system, a dual MS in Biology and Journalism from New York University, and a BA from Northwestern University. Always passionate and curious about the natural world, she enjoys writing freelance stories about science, playing classical piano, and dabbling in photography. She sits on the board of the Church St School for Music and Art in lower Manhattan.

Michael Latefi, MBACo-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Michael has over 20 years of operations and financial expertise. He began his career in health and science private equity for a number of large investment institutions, where he often assumed an executive role in the development and growth of portfolio companies. Later, Michael led numerous multibillion dollar transactions and spearheaded a host of transformations of multinational institutions. He holds a BS from Columbia University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Michael is a classical music wonk, a tenacious snowboarder, and always looking to improve his chess game.

Victor Leyva-Grado, PhDResearch Scientist

Victor is a virologist as well as a veterinary scientist. He has more than 15 years of experience working with respiratory viruses using molecular virology and animal models of disease to understand the mechanisms leading to immunopathology. Victor has dedicated his career to investigating and developing novel therapeutic interventions for respiratory diseases in humans and animals. He has many years of experience working with academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies helping them develop their new investigational antiviral programs. Victor holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the National Autonomous University of Mexico as well as a PhD in virology from Washington State University. After earning his PhD, he continued his training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Palese where he worked on developing and testing novel anti-influenza antivirals as well as novel universal influenza vaccine candidates. Victor enjoys the outdoors and team sports, particularly basketball; although his favorite activity is playing with his two cats.