Mitch Abrahamsen, PhD
Dr. Abrahamsen is currently the Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Cobb-Vantress. Previously, Dr. Abrahamsen served as Vice President of Research at Hill’s Pet Nutrition for Colgate-Palmolive Co., Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer of Pyxis Genomics, Inc., Professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology and Director of Graduate Studies, Molecular Veterinary Biosciences at University of Minnesota. Dr. Abrahamsen received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Washington.
Scott C. Fahrenkrug, PhD
Founder, Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Scott Fahrenkrug is an academic, inventor, entrepreneur and internationally recognized expert in food animal genetics, genomics, and advanced gene-editing technologies. His laboratories produce an ever-growing portfolio of intellectual property and world “firsts”, including the first development and application of site-specific endonucleases for editing animal genomes using TALENs and CRISPR/Cas9. Dr. Fahrenkrug has been instrumental in introducing the “Functional Genomics” paradigm, which maps, monitors and modifies food animal genetics to determine the “how, when, where and why” of gene function.
Dr. Fahrenkrug earned a Ph.D. in molecular, cellular, development biology and genetics from the University of Minnesota where he became a professor in the Department of Animal Science, and a member of the University’s Center for Genome Engineering, Stem Cell Institute and Masonic Cancer Center.
He is the co-founder of the Spring Point Project, a non-profit company focused on xenotransplantation to treat diabetes.
Ian R. Friendly
Chief Executive Officer
Friendly comes to Recombinetics with 30+ years of executive leadership and retail experience with General Mills, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Retail, which is the largest segment of General Mills. Friendly currently is on the Board of Valspar, serving on the Governance Committee and Chairing the Compensation Committee. Mr. Friendly is also a member of the Board of American Public Media Group and Minnesota Public Radio, having also chaired that Board for 3 years. Previously, Friendly served as CEO of Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture based in Lausanne. As CEO of Recombinetics, Friendly is preparing the Company for new commercial opportunities and global product expansion with strategic partners. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Queen’s University.
Perry Hackett, PhD
Dr. Perry Hackett is a co-founder of Recombinetics and serves as Chair of its Scientific Advisory Board. He is co-founder of gene therapy company, Discovery Genomics, where he previously served as Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman. He is also a professor and research scientist in the University of Minnesota’s department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development and co-founder of the Center for Genome Engineering. Hackett has a degree in Physics from Stanford University, a PhD in Biophysics and Genetics from the University of Colorado, and did postdoctoral training at the Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology in Germany and at the University of California in San Francisco.
Hajas is the Chairman of the Board for FreshRealm. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Telluride Asset Management, and was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Knight Trading Group. Prior to that he was Co-Managing Partner of Arbitrade and Deephaven Capital Management and Partner at O’Connor & Associates (including being a Managing Director of Swiss Bank Corp. and UBS). He holds multiple degrees from Loyola University of Chicago.
Wendell King, PhD
Dr. Wendell King is a seasoned leader in medical device development and manufacturing. He’s the CEO of King Consulting, served as Vice President and General Manager of the BioInterface Division of Medtronic, founded medical device company, Angeion and Gateway Alliance, LLC, an early-stage business incubator. King has numerous publications and has been granted more than 30 patents. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology, completed the Executive Business Administration Program at Dartmouth, Amos Tuck School of Business, and course work towards a PhD in polymer physics at the University of Akron, Polymer Institute.
Mark Kroll, PhD
Dr. Kroll was the former Chief Technology Officer at St. Jude Medical, Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. Dr. Kroll holds more patents for implantable devices than any inventor worldwide. Dr. Kroll is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota and the California Polytechnical University, San Luis Obispo. Dr. Kroll received his B.S. degree in mathematics and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Paul Olson, EdD
Dr. Paul Olson is the Chairman of the Board of Entegris, Inc., Board Director of WCM industries, Inc., and former CEO and Board Director of nuBridges, Inc. co-founder of Sterling Commerce, Inc. and Executive Vice President of Bethel University. Olson holds a Bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a doctorate degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Switz is the Chairman of the Board for Micron, Inc. (NASDAQ), a Board Director for Marvell Technology Group (NASDAQ) and Gigamon, Inc. (NYSE), and is the former Chairman, President and CEO of ADC Telecommunications, Inc. Switz holds an MBA from the University of Bridgeport as well as a BS degree from Quinnipiac University.