BROOKLYN, NY, March 14, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aanika Biosciences (aanikabio.com), which brings the power of biotechnology to the supply chain, today announced the expansion of its leadership and science team.
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Three senior executives with deep regulatory, operational and strategic growth expertise were brought in to lead business and product development:
Kevin Gillies, Head of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs: Gillies previously served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, for DuPont Nutrition and Health/Danisco and brings extensive experience in the global regulation of food ingredients and microbial food cultures.
Joshua Koch, Chief of Staff: Koch, with deep expertise in operations and finance, worked in intelligence as a cryptological linguist while serving 6 years in the US Navy and later completed his MBA from Columbia Business School
Christopher Ryan, Business Development Manager: An expert in the fresh produce and fast-paced consumer perishable goods industry, Ryan has a proven track record of revenue growth through targeted cross-selling of core strategic services.
“We are on a mission to revolutionize the way products are tracked through supply chains for businesses, for consumers and for the planet,” said Vishaal Bhuyan, co-founder and CEO of Aanika, “and To achieve this vision, we need strong leaders like Kevin, Joshua and Christopher.”
Additionally, co-founder Dr. Ellen Jorgensen has expanded her research and development team with senior scientists in molecular biology and biotechnology:
Dr. Jamie Richards, Principal Scientist: Dr. Richards has spent more than 25 years in the field of molecular biology, including more than ten years developing diagnostics and therapeutics in the biopharmaceutical industry. He holds a PhD from Newcastle University in the UK.
Dr. Christine Scaduto, Scientist II: Dr. Scaduto has over ten years of experience in biotechnology research and has worked at world-class institutions including Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University.
Aanika’s proprietary technology is the first to use biology as the foundation to rebuild and strengthen the safety and security of the global food supply.
The company’s unique ability essentially “digitizes” nature, using naturally occurring microbes to create digitally-encoded “DNA watermarks” that can track, trace and authenticate foods and ingredients throughout the food chain. supply.
Bhuyan, with a background in finance and a personal passion for a more transparent and reliable food system, has already secured a pilot with the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) to apply the technology to the reinsurance sector, and will use it in collaboration with the leafy greens sector.
For more information, visit www.aanikabio.com.
About Aanika Biosciences
Aanika Biosciences was co-founded in 2018 by Vishaal Bhuyan after personally experiencing the consequences of ordering ethically sourced fresh seeds and receiving expired and contaminated products instead. He’s on a mission to create a safer food supply by finding a way to track, trace and authenticate produce. Aanika’s custom microbial labels help companies gain valuable insight into their supply chains, help their customers make better consumer choices and create a more sustainable world.
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