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Paul R. Hansen

President & CEO

Paul is a strategic global management executive with over 25 years of experience in operational leadership at 3M Company as well as small, medium and larger operations within highly competitive international consumer, medical and industrial markets. Paul holds a degree in chemistry and economics from St. Olaf College and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.  Paul is known for creating and implementing strategic plans that solve critical business/customer issues while driving new business growth. He has substantial experience with new business development, operations and global business management.

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Larry Wackett

Co-Founder & Technical Advisor

Larry is Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics and the BioTechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota. Professor Wackett has conducted research with and consulted for numerous multinational and biotechnology companies. His research team has worked with industry and regulatory agencies to conduct remediation of environmental chemicals. Professor Wackett has been funded by more than 100 research grants, published 200 papers, and wrote a major textbook on biocatalysts and biodegradation.

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Alptekin Aksan

Co-Founder & Technical Advisor

Al is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Mechanical Engineering and the BioTechnology Institute.  He obtained his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and did his postdoctoral studies at Center for Engineering in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.  Al’s expertise is in the area of stabilization and preservation of biological systems. He has worked towards developing molecular level quantitative analysis/diagnosis technologies for pharmaceutical and personalized medicine applications. As part of this work, bio encapsulation has emerged as an alternative method of stabilization with very broad applications at the industrial scale. Al has consulted for numerous governmental, and commercial entities nationally and internationally.