Management Team

Douglas Eisner, JD, MBA

Doug, our Chief Executive Officer, was the Chief Operating Officer and a co-founder of GrassRoots Biotechnology, an agricultural biotechnology company that was spun-out of Duke University in 2007. As COO, Doug helped manage GrassRoots’ 5-year strategic alliance with Monsanto. The team grew the company to 25 employees and over $4.5 million in annual revenue. Monsanto acquired GrassRoots in 2013. Mr. Eisner received his BA from Brown University, JD from Boston University School of Law, and MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

  Ameer Shakeel   Ameer, our Chief Technology Officer, is a biomedical engineering graduate. Ameer spearheads the research and technical development of our products. He is passionate about conducting meaningful research that translates to real world applications.

Ameer Shakeel

Ameer, our Chief Technology Officer, is a biomedical engineering graduate. Ameer spearheads the research and technical development of our products. He is passionate about conducting meaningful research that translates to real world applications.

  Payam Pourtaheri   Payam, our Chief Operating Officer, is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He is a nanomedicine graduate with a background in materials science and chemistry. Payam helps spearhead the technical development of our products along with managing the operations of our company. He is passionate about utilizing synthetic biology to make a difference in our world.

Payam Pourtaheri

Payam, our Chief Operating Officer, is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He is a nanomedicine graduate with a background in materials science and chemistry. Payam helps spearhead the technical development of our products along with managing the operations of our company. He is passionate about utilizing synthetic biology to make a difference in our world.

Technology Development Team

  Zachery Davis   Zachery Davis, our Lead Biochemist, is a chemistry graduate with a concentration in biochemistry. He specializes in the interplay between DNA, RNA, and proteins, and utilizes their interactions in order to assist in developing AgroSpheres platform technology.

Zachery Davis

Zachery Davis, our Lead Biochemist, is a chemistry graduate with a concentration in biochemistry. He specializes in the interplay between DNA, RNA, and proteins, and utilizes their interactions in order to assist in developing AgroSpheres platform technology.

  Sepehr Zomorodi   Sepehr Zomorodi, our Lead Nanotech Engineer, is a  biomedical engineering and material science graduate with a concentration in nanotechnology and specializes in developing next-generation nanoscale technologies. He is currently focused on the development of new formulations and designing the bioparticle technology to encapsulate a variety of active ingredients for applications in agriculture

Sepehr Zomorodi

Sepehr Zomorodi, our Lead Nanotech Engineer, is a  biomedical engineering and material science graduate with a concentration in nanotechnology and specializes in developing next-generation nanoscale technologies. He is currently focused on the development of new formulations and designing the bioparticle technology to encapsulate a variety of active ingredients for applications in agriculture

  Joseph T. Frank   Joseph, our Lead Biotech Engineer, is a biomedical engineering graduate with a minor in business. Joseph's research background was focused in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and various types of microscopy. He is now focusing on developing formulations to strengthen and optimize the platform technology in an effort to enable its use in manufacturing and downstream application settings. 

Joseph T. Frank

Joseph, our Lead Biotech Engineer, is a biomedical engineering graduate with a minor in business. Joseph's research background was focused in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and various types of microscopy. He is now focusing on developing formulations to strengthen and optimize the platform technology in an effort to enable its use in manufacturing and downstream application settings. 

Advisory Board

 Per Falholt was the Executive Vice President in R&D in Novozymes A/S. The department that has grown from 400 to 1350 employees in his 15 years as a leader, and has played a pivotal role in Novozymes’ current revenue of 12.46 billion DKK. With a global innovation rank of 59 according to Forbes and a #1 position as best employer for Scientist within Biotech & Pharma by Science magazine in October 2015, Per Falholt sets himself as a frontrunner in the fields of delivering solutions for customer needs and maintaining growth through innovation.

Per Falholt was the Executive Vice President in R&D in Novozymes A/S. The department that has grown from 400 to 1350 employees in his 15 years as a leader, and has played a pivotal role in Novozymes’ current revenue of 12.46 billion DKK. With a global innovation rank of 59 according to Forbes and a #1 position as best employer for Scientist within Biotech & Pharma by Science magazine in October 2015, Per Falholt sets himself as a frontrunner in the fields of delivering solutions for customer needs and maintaining growth through innovation.

 Kelly Smith was a co-founder of Pasteuria Bioscience, where she was principally responsible for development of the proprietary Pasteuria manufacturing process. She served most recently as CTO prior to its acquisition by Syngenta. She is now the director of microbials at AgbBiome. She holds an MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University.

Kelly Smith was a co-founder of Pasteuria Bioscience, where she was principally responsible for development of the proprietary Pasteuria manufacturing process. She served most recently as CTO prior to its acquisition by Syngenta. She is now the director of microbials at AgbBiome. She holds an MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University.

 Todd Abraham served as Senior Vice President of Global Research and Nutrition at Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods). His 35+ year career spans research and development, marketing, and general management in the food industry.  In addition to his experience in food technology, Dr. Abraham received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School.

Todd Abraham served as Senior Vice President of Global Research and Nutrition at Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods). His 35+ year career spans research and development, marketing, and general management in the food industry.  In addition to his experience in food technology, Dr. Abraham received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School.

 Dr. Kester, our Chief Scientific Advisor, has research interests that include the design, characterization and validation of nanotechnologies for targeted drug delivery. Dr. Kester has consulted with, or helped found, several companies that have the license to his "nano Solutions". He is also the director of the nanoSTAR Institute at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Kester, our Chief Scientific Advisor, has research interests that include the design, characterization and validation of nanotechnologies for targeted drug delivery. Dr. Kester has consulted with, or helped found, several companies that have the license to his "nano Solutions". He is also the director of the nanoSTAR Institute at the University of Virginia.