The uPetsia Team

Scott Zentack:

Mr. Zentack is a CFA charterholder and holds a bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering as well as an MBA. He has engineering and operational experience in various industries. Most recently, he held leadership positions in Sales & Marketing and later Finance in a large multinational firm.

Dr. Eric Lyons:
Chief Science Officer

Dr. Lyons, a professor at the University of Arizona, holds a masters degree in microbial biology and a PhD in plant biology. He has worked in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and startups, and currently manages large research projects developing computational and cyberinfrastructure systems for life science research.

Dr. David Baltrus:
Science Advisor

Dr. Baltrus, a professor at the University of Arizona, holds a PhD in microbial biology, genetics, and evolution. He is an expert in host-bacteria interactions, genetic engineering, and transgene expression systems.

Allen Freed:
Product and Market Advisor

Mr. Freed has had a multi-faceted career in food and allied businesses since starting as a food scientist in 1972. He started or co-founded several companies in the food, computer, data and bio-science fields with several successful exits. Mr. Freed sits on the board of directors of several food and non-food related companies.

Choong-Hwan Ryu:
Laboratory Director

Dr. Ryu has 20 years of experience in genetics and molecular biology.  He is an expert in genetic engineering, laboratory safety, and managing laboratory teams. 

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