Steve brings more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive and serial entrepreneur within the agriculture and biotechnology industry. He built and sold a seed company in the hybrid canola seeds business, and has extensive hands-on agricultural industry experience. Steve assumed leadership of Agrisoma in 2007 and grew the company from a small startup to a seasoned business with over 35 trained scientists and technical staff with multiple commercial partnerships across North America and globally. Since taking over as CEO, more than $50 million in funding and investment has been received to support Agrisoma’s continued growth. Prior to Agrisoma, Steve was Founder and President of the FAAR Biotechnology Group Inc., a Canadian management and technology consulting firm headquartered. At FAAR, he managed relationships with 150 clients including multinational companies such as Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto, Sakata Seed Corporation (North American, Japan, Brazil & Europe divisions). In addition to commercial capabilities, FAAR managed initiatives with regulatory bodies including AAFC – Ministry of Agriculture, Environment Canada (EC – Ministry of the Environment) and Health Canada (Ministry responsible for food and drug safety). Steve was also director of research for Paladin Hybrids responsible for the development of hybrid seed systems. He developed the technology for engineering of hybrids seed in canola, which led to the issuance of 13 patents on hybrid seed production methods which encompass the well-known Bayer hybrid system in Canola. The original patents filed by Steve in this area were in 1988, and grew to a sizable estate which was acquired by Pioneer Hi-Breds in 1991. Steve continued to be involved in patent prosecution with the estate culminating in the interference proceedings with Bayer and Pioneer. There was a sealed settlement between the two companies that allowed freedom to operate for both organizations. Steve holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Miami. He holds 20 issued US Patents with 13 applied for US Patents in the area of agriculture and crops and in his scientific career published over 30 papers.
Alex joined the team at Agrisoma in August 2016 to lead our business development efforts. Alex brings over 9 years’ experience in biofuels business development, including supply chain development, techno-economic analysis of emerging technologies and value proposition determination accounting for carbon markets and compliance costs. Responsibilities at Agrisoma include developing customer and partner relationships, managing supply chain for Carinata oil and meal and regulatory strategy. Alex most recently held the position of Vice President Commercial Development for Gevo, Inc. Alex holds a BA in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, IA and a Masters of Bioscience (MBS) in Business of Bioscience from Keck Graduate Industry in Claremont, CA.
Captain Krakowski brings 40 years of Aviation experience with a career that encompasses well over a decade of Executive Level leadership in aviation environmental, operational, safety and regulation. Prior to joining Agrisoma, Captain Krakowski was President of Houston based NanoVapor Fuels Group, which under his leadership commercialized break-through petrochemical vapor suppression systems for aviation and industrial use, reducing carbon emissions and safety risks. Captain Krakowski served over 3 years as Chief Operating Officer of the US Federal Aviation Administration as the top official responsible for the US Air Traffic Control system. Under his leadership, the FAA “NextGen” modernization program advanced with numerous environmental performance improvements to air traffic control procedures and policies. He has deep experience with International Regulators as well as the US Congress and served on, and co-chaired various high level government committees including unmanned aircraft integration. Prior to FAA Captain Krakowski held numerous executive level positions at United Airlines including Vice President of Safety, Security and Quality Assurance which had accountability for environmental policy, environmental safety and quality assurance of the aircraft fueling and maintenance functions. He served as Director of Flight Operations Control which pioneered numerous fuel efficiency initiatives including cross-Polar flights between the US and Asia. He also served on, and led numerous industry committees and task forces including Fuel Tank Inerting, Safety, Operations and Aviation Security. He retired after a 29 year career with United as Vice President – Flight Operations, the company’s Chief Pilot. He holds a BS degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and MS Business & Management.
André joined Agrisoma in 2013 and he brings over 25 years of experience in building, leading, and advising corporations through international expansion and capital markets transactions. André has held CFO positions in both privately-held and publicly-traded companies with over 20 of those years in a high technology and entrepreneurial environment. André is currently responsible for overall financial management of the company, its financial reporting and transparency, and for multiple corporate functions including Treasury, Investor Relations, Tax and long-range planning. André is a Board member for Kwilt, an app software company, since 2012, and he also serves, in an advisory capacity, to a number of non-for-profit boards. André holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, and a Chartered Accountant designation.
Jeff joined Agrisoma in August 2015 to lead the ongoing global Agronomy, and Breeding Research and Development operations for the improvement and expansion of Brassica carinata. Jeff has over 25 years of agriculture research and product development experience that ranges across several crop species and applications. He has led commercial agriculture research programs to identify best agronomic practices, variety and technology improvements affiliated with corporate, venture capital, and public organizations across the US and international agriculture communities. During his tenure Jeff has managed the release of multiple varieties for commercialization, including patent development, invention, and has steered IP asset transfers. Jeff holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from University of Nebraska, an MS in Agronomy and Plant Breeding from New Mexico State, and a BS in Agriculture from the University of Arizona.
Mejda has extensive experience in government affairs and a deep scientific background to support her regulatory activities. Previous to her position with Agrisoma, Mejda was Director, Agricultural and Environmental Policy & Industry Relations at BIOTECanada. Previous to this she was Manager, Private-Public Stakeholder Relations at the Cooldonia Group Inc, New Caledonia following roles with Agriculture Canada and Georgia State University. Mejda has a Ph.D., Soil Environmental Chemistry from Laval University, Canada, a M.Sc. from Gent University, Belgium and a B.Sc., Agricultural Engineering from the National Agricultural Institute, Algeria.
Scott started at Agrisoma in August 2016 to help build a client base, develop the supply chain, and work with both the on field production teams and the oil end users. Scott has over 5 years’ experience in the environmental science sector, working both in the lab and the field, and 2 years’ sales experience. Previously, Scott lived in rural South Africa/Lesotho to work with local farmers to develop agribusiness skills, promote sustainable agriculture techniques and provide assistance in scaling to commercial production. Scott most recently held the position of Business Development Manager at DNAGenotek Inc., in charge of market development in India and the U.S. west coast. Scott holds a B.Sc. in Biological Science and an M.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph, Canada.
Michael is an experienced scientific administrator and scientific manager with over a decade of industrial biotechnology experience following over 10 years of academic research experience. Prior to joining Agrisoma, Michael was Director of Cellular Protein Production at Chromos Molecular Systems, and previous to that he was Senior Scientist in the chromosome engineering group. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and a B.Sc. (Honors) in Biochemistry from McGill University and has completed his postdoctoral training in the United Kingdom. He is the inventor on 8 issued and pending US patents and leads the technology development group at Agrisoma.