About Precision Fermentation: Leadership

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Jared Resnick, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jared leverages his 25 years of leadership, business development and operations experience to guide all major business functions of Precision Fermentation. He has owned, operated, and grown a number of successful businesses in North Carolina, gathering extensive experience consulting in technology, retail sales, business development and business operations. He has taught business development classes at local business schools, based on this wide range of expertise. In 2015 Jared became a partner in a new, Durham-based technology company, Mimetics, which focused on hidden patterns in complex time-series biological data. Precision Fermentation, Inc. was created from the results of Mimetics' research, science and development. Jared received his degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Simon, Chief Marketing Officer &
Head of Business Development

Mike manages Precision Fermentation's growing global sales organization: direct and channel sales, sales operations and client service with a focus on ensuring strong customer adoption, value recognition and an overall great customer experience. As a principal of the company, his responsibilities also include shaping overall corporate strategy while driving and deploying specific sales and marketing plans. He is a graduate of Arizona State University WP Carey School of Business and has spent the last 25+ years working within or selling data, analytics and integration technology to the Banking & Capital Markets vertical.  Mike is a beer enthusiast with a preference for Belgians, porters, stouts, sours and an occasional IPA.

Dave Morris, Lead Engineer and Fermentation Specialist

As lead engineer for Precision Fermentation, Dave's responsibilities focus on the design, development and deployment of the BrewMonitor System. Dave grew up on the coastal waters of Georgetown, SC and attended College of Charleston where he majored in Biology and Psychology. He attended graduate school at Clemson University, where he earned his Masters in Biosystem Engineering with a focus on wastewater treatment and biofuel fermentations. He started his career at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard, NC, first as a QC Tech and then as QC Lab Manager. He then worked in R&D at Mimetics in Durham, studying brewing yeast transcriptional analysis, before joining Precision Fermentation. He enjoys mountain biking, gardening, and IPA’s.

Daniel Kulenic, Chief Operations Officer

Daniel has spent over twenty years working on the retail side of the brewing industry, owning multiple restaurant and taproom concepts, and producing industry events. Through these channels, Daniel developed a passion for craft beer and the ardent people that produce it. When the opportunity arose to focus his expertise on working to help improve the industry he loves, he jumped in and hasn't looked back. Daniel graduated from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, played soccer both at UNC and in Germany for Hamburg SV, and spends his spare time with his wife and two daughters.

Dr. Tim Wadkins, Director of Fermentation Operations

Tim's expertise puts him at the center of most of Precision Fermentation's customer-facing operations – from presenting at industry events to product development & testing, post-sales support, and much more. Previously, he served as Director of Quality Assurance for Victory Brewing Company, Head of Quality for Oskar Blues Brewery, Instructor for the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast / Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and reviewer/team leader for the US Food and Drug Administration. Tim received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Duke University.

ADVISORS

Dr. Atul Nerkar

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Allred Distinguished Scholar, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Atul's research focuses on how technology, innovation and entrepreneurship affect business and corporate strategy. He studies research productivity in organizations and the evolution of technological capabilities in the context of the pharmaceutical, chemical and optical disc industries.

Dr. John Harer

Professor of Mathematics, Duke University. John’s primary research is in the use of geometric, combinatorial and computational techniques to study a variety of problems in data analysis, shape recognition, image segmentation, tracking, brain imaging, biological networks and gene expression. One of the first mathematicians to apply sophisticated geometric and topological techniques to the analysis of complex data sets. Co-author of a standard text in the field and numerous papers. Consultant to companies and the US DoD. Principal architect of LEM and other analytical systems for studying the dynamics of biological networks.

Dr. Adam Leman

Adam has over 10 years of working in the fields of yeast and cell cycle biology. He earned his B.S. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Rochester and received his Ph.D. From Drexel University College of Medicine in Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2011. Following his doctoral studies, Adam joined Steven Haase’s lab at Duke University. Adam’s focus on integrated systems biology and quantitative approaches to understanding gene regulatory network in the cell cycle has been extremely successful. He has extended his work to developing new approaches in cell cycle research and to understanding key gene regulatory networks governing other processes. Adam has a fascination with brewing and microbiology which has lead to a longstanding interest in fermentation and microbial production methods.

Dr. Steven Haase

Associate Professor of Biology, Duke University. Steven is an expert on systems-level control of the cell-division cycle. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and is a leader in the fields of biology, computational biology, with over 25 years experience in yeast cell growth and division. He identified and characterized a novel gene regulatory network serving as the underlying cell-cycle oscillator in budding yeast, and has authored multiple papers on the analysis of time-series data.

Dr. Michael Resnick

A leading geneticist who received his BS from Northwestern University at Chicago and his PhD from the University of California at Berkley, Michael did his postdoctoral work with the Medical Research Council in London and Oak Ridge Laboratories in Tennessee. He has held faculty positions at the University of Rochester, the National Institute for Medical Research in London and has been a Lab Head at NIEHS since 1979. He has authored over 170 peer reviewed papers, 50 reviews and book chapters, holds 7 patents, has received “Best Paper of the Year” at NIEHS 5 times, in 2008 was awarded “Scientist of the Year” by NIEHS, and in 2012 was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Michael is currently the head of the Chromosome Stability Group and holds a secondary appointment in the Immunity, Inflammation and Disease Laboratory at NIEHS.