Dennis B. Hurt: President and CEO. Mr. Hurt has 25 years of senior management experience in high technology and bioscience companies. His experience includes being President and CEO of two start-up companies; General Manager for Nellcor Europe, B.V. – turning around a losing European Operation into 12% IBT, helping Nellcor, Inc. to grow from a start up to $200 million; Director of International Operations for Protocol Systems, Inc.; VP Sales and Marketing for Serveron, Inc. Mr. Hurt has extensive global operations experience. Mr. Hurt has either led or participated in funding efforts for start-up companies that resulted in investment contracts totaling $37 million. Mr. Hurt holds a BA in Botany from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Roger W. Law: Founder and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Law has 31 years experience in Continuous Enzymatic Hydrolysisâ„¢ of animal proteins, and more specifically marine fish.Â Mr. Law is accountable for and knowledgeable in theÂ intellectual property and IP strategy related to animal protein hydrolysis. Founder-Advanced Hydrolyzing Systems, Inc. 1983. Stock and Bond Broker – Dean Witter Reynolds. 1985-1988. COO – Â Advanced Hydrolyzing Systems, Inc. 1988-1992. Founder – -ase Trading & Technology, LLC. 1993-1995. Founder – Asta Ltd. 1995-current. Mr. Law earned a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology from Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 1982.
Douglas A. Perednia, MD: Â VP Business Development Nutrition Applications. Dr. Perednia has over 25 years of experience in diverse fields: agriculture, patient care, medical research, and the innovative use of technology for healthcare applications. Prior to launching a career in medicine, he worked as an inspector for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Perednia subsequently trained as a physician, medical internist and dermatologist, and has cared for large numbers of patients with skin conditions, food allergies, heart disease, diabetes, and nutritional problems. Dr. Perednia’s research experience includes 10 years at the National Institute of Health focused on the application of computer imaging and telecommunications for the diagnosis and management of skin disease. He founded and was CEO of Kietra Corp., raising over $5 million in capital and designing innovative systems for improving the efficiency of clinical data collections and patient education. A respected expert on making the most efficient use of scarce healthcare resources, Dr. Perednia is the author ofÂ Overhauling America’s Healthcare Machine (FT Press, 2011). He holds a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College, and received his MD from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
Jerry K. Babbitt, PhD: Advisor. (Retired). Dr. Babbitt served for 21 years as the laboratory director, supervisory research chemist, National Marine Fisheries Service – Resource Enhancement & Utilization Technologies Laboratory, Kodiak, Alaska. Dr. Babbitt has authored or co-authored 75 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed scientific journals dealing with the chemical, biochemical and microbiological changes in marine foods during handling, processing, and distribution. Dr. Babbitt received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Technology Transfer Award in recognition of research contributions leading to the development of a decanter surimi process to increase utilization of fishery resources.
Roy E. Chapin, PhD: Advisor. Animal Nutrition Applications. Dr. Chapin has extensive international experience in private business, governmental organizations, and nongovernmental organizations through lecturing, consulting, advising, and teaching ration formulation for dairy, swine, poultry, sheep, cattle, and companion pets. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Chapin formulated, manufactured, and sold dry and liquid feeds for two decades, supplying the nutritional needs of dairy, beef, swine, dogs, horses, mink, and chickens. Earlier in his career he achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Air Force and was the the officer in charge of Space Nutrition Research, where he coordinated testing of space foods for NASA, lectured on space nutrition as well as physiology, and consulted to NASA on food systems for Skylab. Dr. Chapin earned a BS in Agricultural Economics and an MS in Animal Nutrition from Oregon State University, and his PhD in Animal Nutrition from Cornell University.