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Helicase was born out of research on the future of human performance for the U.S. Department of Defense. Since 2012, we have been working with individuals and teams to enhance mental and physical performance. Behind the scenes, our Mind Plus Matter division conducts groundbreaking research to ensure that we can open up new frontiers for our clients.

Our culture

We maintain an intellectually feisty work environment which is underpinned by trust between teammates and trust that the best ideas will win the day. Our team is composed of out-of-the-box thinkers, but only those who can focus on our customers’ needs. Similarly, we seek out experts, but only those who can apply their knowledge in new and innovative ways. We push ourselves and each other, and we leverage research on how to maximize new idea generation in our day-to-day operations. Our team members are encouraged to take time off to travel, especially internationally. We un-constrain the workplace, have fun together, and always have dark chocolate around.

Our founder

Andrew Herr


Andrew is a leading thinker in the human performance field. He founded Helicase based on his knowledge that human performance drives individual and team success and that there are major opportunities to enhance it. Put simply, human performance can be a competitive advantage. Andrew is regularly invited to speak on human enhancement at the highest level, from board rooms to the White House. His work with the U.S. military has been profiled by Wired, and he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University. 

Andrew has been recognized as a Mad Scientist by the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, an Emerging Leader in Biosecurity by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, a Fellow by the Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program, a Leader of Tomorrow by Global Biotech Revolution, a Next Generation Fellow by the Center for a New American Security, a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow by the U.S. Department of Education, and a Science & Technology Fellow by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also regularly judges at iGEM, the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition.

​Andrew received Master’s Degrees in Health Physics, Microbiology & Immunology, and Security Studies from Georgetown University, where he also completed his undergraduate work in the School of Foreign Service, earned a certificate in Eurasian, Russian, and East European studies, and learned to speak Russian.

Hear Andrew talk about human performance and the future of war: