TechAccel Expands with Strategic Hires

Brad Fabbri, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, and Lyla Perrodin, Chief Administrative Officer, Join Private Development Company

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—April 4, 2017Technology Acceleration Partners (TechAccel, LLC), the private capital development company that invests in, acquires and accelerates early-stage discoveries and technologies in the agriculture, animal health and food ingredient sectors, today announced the hiring of two strategic positions: Brad Fabbri, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer and Lyla Perrodin, Chief Administrative Officer.

“TechAccel is positioned for rapid growth with a concentration on innovation in the ag, animal and food industries,” said Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., President and CEO of TechAccel. “We couldn’t be more pleased to expand our organization with the talents of Brad and Lyla. Boasting a diverse range of experiences that balance pragmatic business operations with a bright vision for the future, their hires signify TechAccel’s ability to advance and accelerate innovation.”

Fabbri and Perrodin have been consulting with TechAccel for the last year.

Brad Fabbri, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer

Fabbri brings more than 20 years of experience in science and business as a former Monsanto Science Fellow where he led business assessments, partnership development and negotiations and was responsible for identifying and exploring areas including data-informed farming, new concepts for farming, biorenewables, microbials, climate change and soil health.

At TechAccel, Fabbri will oversee science assessment and the development of advanced programs for investments in agriculture and animal health supporting TechAccel’s mission to drive forward the commercialization of breakthrough technologies as well as researching and developing innovative programs.

“It’s a thrilling time to be part of an organization like TechAccel, which has such a unique partnership model,” said Fabbri. “I believe we’re approaching a new golden age of ag and animal health innovations and the technology is within reach to create breakthrough change in how we grow crops, care for animals and ultimately feed the world. TechAccel is reaching into markets and universities across the globe, and I’m excited to help bring transformative new products to the forefront of these fields.”

Lyla Perrodin, Chief Administrative Officer

Perrodin is a former independent consultant specializing in corporate strategy and operations and is the former Chief Information Officer of MRIGlobal, a nonprofit research and development organization working in health, energy and defense industries. In 2012, she was named an Influential Woman by KC Business Magazine, and led the IT team at MRIGlobal to a KC Business Journal ImpacT Award for Top Line Growth. Additionally, she directed strategic alliances at Sprint, and managed consulting with KPMG and PriceWaterhouse. She lives in Kansas City and is active on the board of directors at the Folly Theater and the Mid-America Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“TechAccel’s recent growth has been phenomenal,” said Perrodin. “From relationships with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to UC Davis, I look forward to growing and solidifying further strategic partnerships and announcing new investments in cutting-edge technologies.”

TechAccel also announced it has added three agriculture experts supporting research and development activities:

  • Brian Hauge, Ph.D., is a former Monsanto Science Fellow who led Monsanto’s cloning and sequencing groups, and is a global expert on epigenetics for crop improvements.
  • Jeffrey Staub, Ph.D., is a former Monsanto Science Fellow who led the company’s Plastid Transformation Initiative, leading to 13 issued patents and more than 30 publications.
  • Candace Seeve, Ph.D., is a U.S. Department of Agriculture post-doctoral scientist at the University of Missouri.

The science team will be based in TechAccel’s satellite offices in St. Louis.

About TechAccel

TechAccel, LLC, was founded in 2014 as a first-of-its-kind technology and venture development company in the agriculture and animal health sectors. TechAccel sources, invests in and acquires early-stage innovations. Through collaborations with universities and research institutions, TechAccel conducts advancement and de-risking research and development to ready technologies for commercialization. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter at @Tech_Accel.

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