Cytophage - Late-Stage company seeking $10 million+
Michael Graham, CFO
Mr. Graham has nearly 15 years experience in helping emerging companies finance and execute their plans for growth in both the private and public domain. Starting his career in healthcare and later moving into a career in finance after earning an MBA, Mr Graham combines both experiences to help bridge the gap between a scientific concept and commercial product. Mr. Graham has worked with Cytophage's scientific leadership since 2017 to support the development and commercialization of nature’s elegant and harmless antibacterial solution – bacteriophages.
General Probiotics - Pre-Series B company seeking up to $2 million
Yiannis N. Kaznessis, PhD, CEO
Dr. Kaznessis founded General Probiotics and joined the company as Chief Executive Officer in 2018. GP’s mission is to fight global food insecurity by supporting and strengthening the production of sustainable, healthy and affordable animal protein.
Kaznessis has 25 years of experience in antimicrobials, synthetic biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, machine learning and microbiome analysis. He has authored 110 refereed papers and the textbook “Statistical Thermodynamics and Stochastic Kinetics.”
Kaznessis is the recipient of several honors including the Fulbright Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the 3M Faculty Award, the IBM Young Faculty Award, the Charles E. Bowers Teaching Award and the AIChE CAST Outstanding Young Researcher Award.
Healthy Cow - Pre-Series B company seeking up to £2 million
Louis Hui, Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Louis is a driven entrepreneur and former venture capitalist who strives to make a positive impact on society by supporting innovative biotechnologies that can significantly improve health and society. Louis recognizes the major macro-trends and threats of global food insecurity, including the current issues facing the dairy industry. With his strong understanding of dairy, he envisions Healthy Cow to develop new tools that
will enable farmers to “dairy better”.
Isomark - Pre-Series B company seeking up to $2 million
Jack Heinemann, President & Chief Operating Officer
For 25 years, Jack Heinemann has provided entrepreneurial leadership in two Fortune 500 companies and three smaller companies.As Director of International Business
Development for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, he developed policies and programs which supported Wisconsin Agri Business growth. Jack developed the Wisconsin International Dairy Export (WIDE) program to support the growth of Wisconsin dairy exports in the Middle East and in South America. With the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, he developed a global network of agri-business and
government relationships that have proven helpful to securing initial funding for Isomark.
He holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.
He currently resides near Madison, Wisconsin
Mazen Animal Health - Series B+ company seeking $2-10 million
Jenny Filbey, CEO
As a tenacious and driven leader, Jenny Filbey has dedicated her career to the translation of science into meaningful commercial businesses. Jenny’s specific experience in assembling science, creating and funding start-ups, coupled with her breadth of experience across the life science industry has proven to benefit Mazen. Determined to disrupt the animal vaccine market, Jenny has established a world class team, leading them in the development and commercialization of Mazen’s oral vaccines.
Phoreus - Pre-Series B company seeking up to $2 million
Randall Tosh, Founder & CEO
Randall Tosh is the Chief Executive Officer and a Founder of Phoreus Biotechnology, Inc. He is responsible for the development and commercialization of the Branched Amphipathic Peptide Capsules (BAPC) and Corralling Amphipathic Peptide Colloids (CAPC) technology platforms licensed from the Kansas State University Research Foundation. Previously, he was the executive vice president and a director of SmartVet
Holdings, Inc. where he was responsible for development and management of US and Latin American markets for SmartVet’s proprietary animal health technology platforms. He had a leadership role in research and development and regulatory compliance activities related to a range of animal health products designed for delivery with the company’s VetGun™ System. He holds a B.S. degree in Agriculture from Kansas State University.
Porklogic - Pre-Series B company seeking up to $2 million
Harrison Moss, Co-Founder & CEO
Harrison is the CEO and Co-Founder of PorkLogic. He has extensive background in developing IoT systems and using sensors to promote health and wellness. He has been an entrepreneur for most of his professional life and has gone through 3 successful exits. Before PorkLogic, Harrison had developed a GPS and cellular solution to provide personnel and asset tracking for children and seniors with Alzheimer’s. Harrison is responsible for 2 Patents and 2 Trademarks approved by the USPTO. His vision for PorkLogic is to enhance livestock health and wellness in industrial pork operations, improve morbidity and mortality rates in the herd while enhancing consumer confidence
in the food supply using IoT systems and AI. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama, a father of two, and resides in St. Louis, MO.
SOOS Technology - Pre-Series B company seeking up to $2 million
SwineTech - Pre-Series B company seeking up to $2 million
Matthew Rooda, Co-Founder & CEO
Matthew Rooda is the Co-Founder and CEO SwineTech, Inc. to solve the global issue of labor inefficiencies and pig mortalities within the pork industry. Rooda led the SwineTech team through the Pearse Lyons Accelerator in Dublin, Ireland, raised more than $6 million in venture capital, has grown the team to 20+ employees, and managed business development efforts in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has won awards from Microsoft, MIT, Princeton, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, was named the American Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year, and was selected as part of the 2018 Forbes
30 under 30 class in the category Manufacturing and Industry.
Vytelle - Late-Stage company seeking £10 million+
Kerryann Kocher, CEO
Kerryann Kocher was appointed as Vytelle’s Chief Executive Officer in 2020. Prior to her current appointment, Kerryann founded and led Rock Road Consulting, a boutique business consulting practice dedicated to animal agriculture and focused on helping clients translate their technology into meaningful value for farmers, ranchers and producers. At Rock Road, Kerryann served a range of clients from multinational animal health companies to venture capital firms and start-ups.