about modern meadow

Modern Meadow Origins

our origins

The son of a theoretical physicist turned bioengineer, Andras Forgacs--the founder of Modern Meadow--was thinking of the world’s future in terms of biology before he even realized it.

Andras’ passion for science came from his father, Gabor Forgacs, who was a pioneer and innovator. A lifelong physicist, Gabor was one of the first to apply the frameworks of physics to understand biological phenomena such as how embryos develop and organs form. Around 2006, Gabor was pursuing some of the most interesting work of his career: developing a form of biofabrication called bioprinting. This innovation in 3D printing of human tissue led Andras and his father Gabor to partner with other co-founders to create the company Organovo (meaning “new organ”). Led by a dynamic team of forward-thinkers, Organovo was a San Diego-based pioneer in biofabrication focused on creating human tissue models that can be used to accelerate pharma drug discovery and development. The company went public in 2012 and Andras remained on its Board of Directors until 2014.

Nearly nine years ago, Andras once again started thinking about biofabrication as a way to reimagine how the world approaches materials, sustainability and consumption, and how they are intertwined. Living in China in 2010-2011, Andras saw that rapid growth in consumption -- specifically in animal products such as leather and meat -- can come at great cost to the environment. He began to wonder if the principles of biofabrication could be used to make these animal products without the animal. Soon, Modern Meadow (named to signify “a new field”) was born.

Andras, Gabor and the small founding team at the newly-formed Modern Meadow began looking at the starting point for the creation of these materials: proteins. Experimenting with several different processes, and leveraging the knowledge and skill-set of a growing scientific team, Modern Meadow has been able to evolve its approach to create materials that support sustainability while balancing performance, aesthetics, and accessibility. While the technologies have evolved significantly since the beginning, the goal of achieving sustainability at scale has remained consistent.

leadership
team

anna bakst

CEO and Board Chair
Anna Bakst Bio

Anna Bakst has served on Modern Meadow’s board since 2017 and has been Chair of the Board since 2020. Anna brings over 25 years of experience managing and cultivating businesses for American fashion houses. She recently served as Brand President and CEO of Kate Spade. Until January 2017, Anna was Group President at Michael Kors. From 2003, Anna drove the expansive launch and growth of Michael Kors Accessories and Footwear businesses – leading to Wall Street’s biggest public offering in fashion. In her role, Anna led the global design, production, and merchandising teams as well as oversaw domestic wholesale distribution.  Prior to Michael Kors, Anna had a 12-year career at Donna Karan International where she held various positions including President of Accessories and Footwear. She received an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Anna is also an Associate Professor at Pratt Institute's Design Management Program.

Catherine Roggero-Lovisi

President / COO
Catherine Roggero-Lovisi Bio

Catherine has over 20 years of business leadership in consumer goods globally. She has shown strong ability to develop, unite and motivate multicultural teams behind a unified vision, taking into account social, environmental and cultural factors. During her career, she has successfully launched and led businesses encompassing multiple business models, distribution channels, and price points. She constantly outperformed the market in terms of growth, brand equity enhancement, & product users’ sentiment. In her roles as Revlon Inc.'s President for N. America and L’Oréal Lux. GM for APAC, she was accountable for revenue, profit, consumer insights, data analytics, and the development of business relationships. At Christian Louboutin, she built the Beauty company from the ground-up to position it as the most luxurious and fastest growing brand in the industry. Today, she is described as a leader who employs as much tenacity as she does good humor. Success for Catherine is both winning for the company and "doing business for good." Originally from France, Catherine resides in New York City. She holds a MBA/MIM from The American School of Global Management (Thunderbird) and a BA from Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, she has completed Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership 2021 executive program.

david williamson

Chief Science and Technology Officer
David Williamson Bio

Dave Williamson has an extensive background at technology companies that include a variety of roles at DuPont and Kraton Polymers. Prior to joining Modern Meadow, David spent over a decade at DuPont building and leading a variety of technology organizations that included manufacturing technology, process development, long and short-term chemical and biotechnology research organizations and bioactives strategy in corporate research and development. David was most recently the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Science and Technology Officer at DuPont, spending time at Kraton Polymers as a research scientist prior to that. Since joining Modern Meadow, Dave has been responsible for developing and executing a commercially focused and scale-able technology strategy based on a combination of biotechnology, chemistry, material science and engineering development. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University.

STEPHANIE J DAVIDSON

CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER
Stephanie Davidson Bio

With more than 20 years of experience leading and managing successful teams within multiple industries and across multiple functions – making the move into a "startup environment" within the biotech industry offered Stephanie the chance to make an impact for people and the planet. Prior to joining Modern Meadow, Stephanie helped lead a struggling hospitality company as Chief Human Resources Officer and later as Chief Administrative and Marketing Officer. During her tenure, the company navigated a change in ownership and subsequent turnaround. Stephanie had consistent success in motivating senior leadership teams to drive profitable growth through people while with Bar Louie, Macy's, Inc., and Target, Inc. The success was made possible through her ability to attract, optimize, develop, and retain great talent. Stephanie says, "Developing long term relationships motivates me and is the secret behind every success." An eternal optimist with a pragmatic streak, "Steph" gets energized by challenges and is known as an exceptional manager, a transformational leader, and a trusted advisor. Stephanie is active in her community serving as a mentor to many leaders. Her BA was earned at Wayland Baptist University, and she holds her Senior Professional Human Resources designation from HRCI.

susan schofer

SVP, Business Development
Susan Shofer Bio

Susan is a seasoned product and business development leader with over 15 years experience in the biotechnology, renewable chemicals and materials industries. Prior to joining Modern Meadow, Susan spent ten years in Silicon Valley, where she worked at Amyris to develop and commercialize innovative renewable performance materials products and before that at Symyx Technologies, developing and using automated workflows to accelerate discovery and commercialization of new catalysts and polymers. Earlier, Susan was a management consultant with Mitchell Madison Group. For Modern Meadow, Susan has put in place multiple collaboration agreements with leading luxury and performance brand partners, securing the company as a leading innovator in the advanced materials space. Susan received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Brown University and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech, and she was a National Science Foundation International Postdoctoral Fellow at Stockholm and Uppsala Universities.

Nathan Serphos

GM, Materials

Nathan Serphos is a global supply chain executive with over 25 years of experience directing the strategy and execution of product life cycles across multiple product categories - Apparel, Accessories, Footwear and Home.  He is recognized as a collaborative change agent and technical leader, deploying scalable digital automation and data analytics strategies that continually foster organizational transformation, modernization, and optimization. Prior to joining Modern Meadow, Nathan served as the Senior Vice President of Global Sourcing at Michael Kors. In this role, he was charged with the strategic operational oversight of production, product development, materials, capacity planning, resource allocations, costing, and quality assurance of the $4 billion accessories and footwear divisions.  Nathan also facilitated the research and launch of production material consolidation and offshore opportunities for all three corporate brand divisions of Capri: Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, and Versace.  He has also served as the Senior Vice President of Production and Global Sourcing at Ralph Lauren.  In this role, he was responsible for launching the Lauren, Ralph Lauren handbag label in addition to managing the product development and production activities of all men’s and women’s $600M Accessories and home brands. Originally from Curacao, Nathan resides in New York City.  He holds his undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University.

BRENNA RAUW

GM, Biomedical & Beauty
Brenna Rauw Bio

Brenna Rauw has spent her career focused on the commercialization of biomedical technologies. She advised major biopharmaceutical and private equity clients as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in New York prior to senior leadership roles for top universities.She has been a leader in global intellectual property commercialization, managing operations and investments for Columbia Technology Ventures, spinning off UCLA’s startup and licensing activities as founding CEO, and pioneering KAUST’s open innovation efforts to advance sustainable technologies in Saudi Arabia. She has started four companies with university faculty, and volunteers for organizations supporting women and LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. Brenna holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an undergraduate degree with high honors in biology from Harvard College. In addition, she has completed executive programs with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Kauffman Fellows.

board of directors

anna bakst

board chair
Anna Bakst Bio

Anna Bakst has over 25 years of experience managing and cultivating businesses for American fashion houses. She recently served as Brand President and CEO of Kate Spade. Until January 2017, Anna was Group President at Michael Kors.  From 2003, Anna drove the expansive launch and growth of Michael Kors Accessories and Footwear businesses – leading to Wall Street’s biggest public offering in fashion. In her role, Anna led the global design, production, and merchandising teams as well as oversaw domestic wholesale distribution.  Prior to Michael Kors, Anna had a 12-year career at Donna Karan International where she held various positions including President of Accessories and Footwear. She received an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Anna is also an Associate Professor at Pratt Institute's Design Management Program.

bart swanson

board director
BART SWANSON Bio

Bart Swanson is currently an advisor to Horizon Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Hong Kong with a focus on disruptive technologies. Mr. Swanson is on the boards of Zoom Video Communications Inc., Impossible Foods, Sentient Technologies, Benevolent AI, Hola Networks, Leo Labs Inc, and several other technology companies in Europe, Israel, and the US. Bart was previously a director at Onavo, DeepMind, Bitstrips, Crosswise.com, Viv and from 2015-17 a non-executive board member at MTG AB. Bart received an MBA from The Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Fellow at the Lauder Institute and has a BA in History from the University of Southern California.

Klaus Hommels

board director
KLAUS HOMMELS Bio

Klaus is one of Europe’s leading business angels and venture capitalists. He is also a prominent voice for the European Tech Ecosystem with the aim of strengthening Europe’s position in times of digital transformation. Klaus has repeatedly been recognised as one of Europe’s top venture capital investors, having invested in many major players in the tech sector. He was an early investor in companies such as Skype, Xing, King, Facebook, Spotify and Airbnb. He founded Lakestar in 2012 after running his own venture capital fund, Hommels Holding. As a passionate advocate of the European Tech Ecosystem, Klaus frequently interacts with politicians, regulators and corporates to bring European technology and capital flows on the global agenda. He is a founding member of think-tank initiatives such as the Internet Economy Foundation and the European Center for Digital Competitiveness in Berlin. Klaus is part of Henkel’s digital board and a member of the board of trustees of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft. He sponsors an associate professorship for Venture Capital at Humboldt University Berlin, as well as Ashoka to support those entrepreneurs that seek innovations for the good of society. Klaus started his career at Bertelsmann, before joining AOL Germany in 1995 as a board member. He was also a venture partner of Benchmark Capital Europe. He earned his PhD in finance from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

dennis fenton

board director
DENNIS FENTON Bio

Dr. Fenton brings more than forty years of experience in biopharmaceutical drug development and commercialization to this position. During a 25-year tenure at Amgen, he served as executive vice president of operations and held numerous additional executive leadership roles in operations, process development, sales, marketing, research, engineering and manufacturing. Since retiring from Amgen in 2008, Dr. Fenton has served as an independent biotechnology consultant and serves on several public and private company boards including Portola Pharmaceuticals, Pfenex, Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, and Omniox. Dr. Fenton previously served on the boards of directors of Kythera, Amira, Hospira, Dendreon Corp., Xenoport and Genzyme Corporation. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Keck Graduate Institute. Dr. Fenton received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Manhattan College and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Rutgers University.

gabor forgacs

Co-Founder, Board Director
GABOR FORGAS Bio

Gabor is a theoretical physicist turned bioengineer, innovator and entrepreneur. A pioneer in building living structures using bioprinting, Gabor is the scientific founder of Organovo and Modern Meadow. The technologies he has developed have been applied to drug development and testing and tissue engineering of biomaterials. He is the George H. Vineyard Professor Emeritus of Biological Physics at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Scientific Director of the Shipley Centre for Innovation at Clarkson University. He was trained as a physicist at the Roland Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary. He also has a degree in biology. Gabor has been recognized by numerous awards, in particular, he was named as one of the "100 most innovative people in business in 2010" by FastCompany.

doug muzyka

board director
DOUG MUZYKA Bio

Douglas Muzyka was Senior Vice President and Chief Science and Technology Officer of DuPont. He joined the company in 1985 as a research scientist and held a variety of research and research management roles in North America through 1994. Dr. Muzyka was named director of Technology and New Business Development for DuPont Nylon, Asia Pacific, in 1994 and relocated to Hong Kong. From 1994 to 1998 he participated in many plant start-ups and new venture developments throughout Asia Pacific. Dr. Muzyka has served on advisory boards for universities in Singapore and Canada, as well as on boards of Chambers of Commerce, industry associations and business councils on sustainable development in Canada, Mexico and China. Mr. Muzyka was born in Canada and graduated as class valedictorian from the University of Western Ontario with bachelor, master and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering. He completed additional research for his doctorate at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne in France and worked as a researcher in the coal industry in France prior to joining DuPont.

andras forgacs

Co-Founder, Board Director
ANDRAS FORGACS Bio

Andras Forgacs, Co-Founder and Board Director of Modern Meadow, is a serial entrepreneur in deep tech and life sciences. He is leading the company into a new age of biofabrication, working to transform the world of materials by unlocking the power of nature to offer new design possibilities. Andras is also co-Founder of 3D bioprinting company, Organovo. Previously he held positions with an international technology-focused venture fund, McKinsey & Co. and Citigroup. Andras is founding chairman of the international non-profit Resolution Project and was a Kauffman Fellow with the Center for Venture Education. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Harvard University. Named as a 2018 Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, Modern Meadow enables new design and performance possibilities and partners with some of the world’s thought-leading brands to transform the material world and design for a healthier planet.

select investors

careers

It takes a team of innovators to lead us into a new material age. We’re looking for the forward-thinkers, the highly motivated, and the all-around passionate. If you can embrace a challenge, take ownership, and know how to have fun, we want to hear from you. At Modern Meadow, we thrive on diversity, embrace uncertainty and value every opinion. Be part of a dynamic group changing the future of biofabrication, all in a fast-paced, inspiring environment.

If you find a position that matches your skill set, and you think you’re a good match for Modern Meadow, fill out an online application. Attach your resume, cover letter and any other relevant info to help us understand why you’re the right person for the job.

Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email. We will carefully review your application and respond personally to applicants that best match the qualifications for the open positions. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other factors prohibited by law.

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the team

anna bakst

CEO and Board Chair
Anna Bakst Bio

Anna Bakst has served on Modern Meadow’s board since 2017 and has been Chair of the Board since 2020. Anna brings over 25 years of experience managing and cultivating businesses for American fashion houses. She recently served as Brand President and CEO of Kate Spade. Until January 2017, Anna was Group President at Michael Kors. From 2003, Anna drove the expansive launch and growth of Michael Kors Accessories and Footwear businesses – leading to Wall Street’s biggest public offering in fashion. In her role, Anna led the global design, production, and merchandising teams as well as oversaw domestic wholesale distribution.  Prior to Michael Kors, Anna had a 12-year career at Donna Karan International where she held various positions including President of Accessories and Footwear. She received an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Anna is also an Associate Professor at Pratt Institute's Design Management Program.

Catherine Roggero-Lovisi

President / COO
Catherine Roggero-Lovisi Bio

Catherine has over 20 years of business leadership in consumer goods globally. She has shown strong ability to develop, unite and motivate multicultural teams behind a unified vision, taking into account social, environmental and cultural factors. During her career, she has successfully launched and led businesses encompassing multiple business models, distribution channels, and price points. She constantly outperformed the market in terms of growth, brand equity enhancement, & product users’ sentiment. In her roles as Revlon Inc.'s President for N. America and L’Oréal Lux. GM for APAC, she was accountable for revenue, profit, consumer insights, data analytics, and the development of business relationships. At Christian Louboutin, she built the Beauty company from the ground-up to position it as the most luxurious and fastest growing brand in the industry. Today, she is described as a leader who employs as much tenacity as she does good humor. Success for Catherine is both winning for the company and "doing business for good." Originally from France, Catherine resides in New York City. She holds a MBA/MIM from The American School of Global Management (Thunderbird) and a BA from Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, she has completed Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership 2021 executive program.

david williamson

Chief Science and Technology Officer
David Williamson Bio

Dave Williamson has an extensive background at technology companies that include a variety of roles at DuPont and Kraton Polymers. Prior to joining Modern Meadow, David spent over a decade at DuPont building and leading a variety of technology organizations that included manufacturing technology, process development, long and short-term chemical and biotechnology research organizations and bioactives strategy in corporate research and development. David was most recently the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Science and Technology Officer at DuPont, spending time at Kraton Polymers as a research scientist prior to that. Since joining Modern Meadow, Dave has been responsible for developing and executing a commercially focused and scale-able technology strategy based on a combination of biotechnology, chemistry, material science and engineering development. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University.

STEPHANIE J DAVIDSON

CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER
Stephanie Davidson Bio

With more than 20 years of experience leading and managing successful teams within multiple industries and across multiple functions – making the move into a "startup environment" within the biotech industry offered Stephanie the chance to make an impact for people and the planet. Prior to joining Modern Meadow, Stephanie helped lead a struggling hospitality company as Chief Human Resources Officer and later as Chief Administrative and Marketing Officer. During her tenure, the company navigated a change in ownership and subsequent turnaround. Stephanie had consistent success in motivating senior leadership teams to drive profitable growth through people while with Bar Louie, Macy's, Inc., and Target, Inc. The success was made possible through her ability to attract, optimize, develop, and retain great talent. Stephanie says, "Developing long term relationships motivates me and is the secret behind every success." An eternal optimist with a pragmatic streak, "Steph" gets energized by challenges and is known as an exceptional manager, a transformational leader, and a trusted advisor. Stephanie is active in her community serving as a mentor to many leaders. Her BA was earned at Wayland Baptist University, and she holds her Senior Professional Human Resources designation from HRCI.

susan schofer

SVP, Business Development
Susan Shofer Bio

Susan is a seasoned product and business development leader with over 15 years experience in the biotechnology, renewable chemicals and materials industries. Prior to joining Modern Meadow, Susan spent ten years in Silicon Valley, where she worked at Amyris to develop and commercialize innovative renewable performance materials products and before that at Symyx Technologies, developing and using automated workflows to accelerate discovery and commercialization of new catalysts and polymers. Earlier, Susan was a management consultant with Mitchell Madison Group. For Modern Meadow, Susan has put in place multiple collaboration agreements with leading luxury and performance brand partners, securing the company as a leading innovator in the advanced materials space. Susan received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Brown University and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech, and she was a National Science Foundation International Postdoctoral Fellow at Stockholm and Uppsala Universities.

Nathan Serphos

GM, Materials

Nathan Serphos is a global supply chain executive with over 25 years of experience directing the strategy and execution of product life cycles across multiple product categories - Apparel, Accessories, Footwear and Home.  He is recognized as a collaborative change agent and technical leader, deploying scalable digital automation and data analytics strategies that continually foster organizational transformation, modernization, and optimization. Prior to joining Modern Meadow, Nathan served as the Senior Vice President of Global Sourcing at Michael Kors. In this role, he was charged with the strategic operational oversight of production, product development, materials, capacity planning, resource allocations, costing, and quality assurance of the $4 billion accessories and footwear divisions.  Nathan also facilitated the research and launch of production material consolidation and offshore opportunities for all three corporate brand divisions of Capri: Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, and Versace.  He has also served as the Senior Vice President of Production and Global Sourcing at Ralph Lauren.  In this role, he was responsible for launching the Lauren, Ralph Lauren handbag label in addition to managing the product development and production activities of all men’s and women’s $600M Accessories and home brands. Originally from Curacao, Nathan resides in New York City.  He holds his undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University.

BRENNA RAUW

GM, Biomedical & Beauty
Brenna Rauw Bio

Brenna Rauw has spent her career focused on the commercialization of biomedical technologies. She advised major biopharmaceutical and private equity clients as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in New York prior to senior leadership roles for top universities.She has been a leader in global intellectual property commercialization, managing operations and investments for Columbia Technology Ventures, spinning off UCLA’s startup and licensing activities as founding CEO, and pioneering KAUST’s open innovation efforts to advance sustainable technologies in Saudi Arabia. She has started four companies with university faculty, and volunteers for organizations supporting women and LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. Brenna holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an undergraduate degree with high honors in biology from Harvard College. In addition, she has completed executive programs with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Kauffman Fellows.

board of directors

anna bakst

board chair
Anna Bakst Bio

Anna Bakst has served on Modern Meadow’s board since 2017 and has been Chair of the Board since 2020. Anna brings over 25 years of experience managing and cultivating businesses for American fashion houses. She recently served as Brand President and CEO of Kate Spade. Until January 2017, Anna was Group President at Michael Kors. From 2003, Anna drove the expansive launch and growth of Michael Kors Accessories and Footwear businesses – leading to Wall Street’s biggest public offering in fashion. In her role, Anna led the global design, production, and merchandising teams as well as oversaw domestic wholesale distribution.  Prior to Michael Kors, Anna had a 12-year career at Donna Karan International where she held various positions including President of Accessories and Footwear. She received an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Anna is also an Associate Professor at Pratt Institute's Design Management Program.

andras forgacs

Co-Founder, Board Director
ANDRAS FORGACS Bio

Andras Forgacs, Co-Founder and Board Director of Modern Meadow, is a serial entrepreneur in deep tech and life sciences. He is leading the company into a new age of biofabrication, working to transform the world of materials by unlocking the power of nature to offer new design possibilities. Andras is also co-Founder of 3D bioprinting company, Organovo. Previously he held positions with an international technology-focused venture fund, McKinsey & Co. and Citigroup. Andras is founding chairman of the international non-profit Resolution Project and was a Kauffman Fellow with the Center for Venture Education. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Harvard University. Named as a 2018 Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, Modern Meadow enables new design and performance possibilities and partners with some of the world’s thought-leading brands to transform the material world and design for a healthier planet.

dennis fenton

board director
DENNIS FENTON Bio

Dr. Fenton brings more than forty years of experience in biopharmaceutical drug development and commercialization to this position. During a 25-year tenure at Amgen, he served as executive vice president of operations and held numerous additional executive leadership roles in operations, process development, sales, marketing, research, engineering and manufacturing. Since retiring from Amgen in 2008, Dr. Fenton has served as an independent biotechnology consultant and serves on several public and private company boards including Portola Pharmaceuticals, Pfenex, Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, and Omniox. Dr. Fenton previously served on the boards of directors of Kythera, Amira, Hospira, Dendreon Corp., Xenoport and Genzyme Corporation. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Keck Graduate Institute. Dr. Fenton received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Manhattan College and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Rutgers University.

gabor forgacs

Co-Founder, Board Director
GABOR FORGAS Bio

Gabor is a theoretical physicist turned bioengineer, innovator and entrepreneur. A pioneer in building living structures using bioprinting, Gabor is the scientific founder of Organovo and Modern Meadow. The technologies he has developed have been applied to drug development and testing and tissue engineering of biomaterials. He is the George H. Vineyard Professor Emeritus of Biological Physics at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Scientific Director of the Shipley Centre for Innovation at Clarkson University. He was trained as a physicist at the Roland Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary. He also has a degree in biology. Gabor has been recognized by numerous awards, in particular, he was named as one of the "100 most innovative people in business in 2010" by FastCompany.

Klaus Hommels

board director
KLAUS HOMMELS Bio

Klaus is one of Europe’s leading business angels and venture capitalists. He is also a prominent voice for the European Tech Ecosystem with the aim of strengthening Europe’s position in times of digital transformation. Klaus has repeatedly been recognised as one of Europe’s top venture capital investors, having invested in many major players in the tech sector. He was an early investor in companies such as Skype, Xing, King, Facebook, Spotify and Airbnb. He founded Lakestar in 2012 after running his own venture capital fund, Hommels Holding. As a passionate advocate of the European Tech Ecosystem, Klaus frequently interacts with politicians, regulators and corporates to bring European technology and capital flows on the global agenda. He is a founding member of think-tank initiatives such as the Internet Economy Foundation and the European Center for Digital Competitiveness in Berlin. Klaus is part of Henkel’s digital board and a member of the board of trustees of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft. He sponsors an associate professorship for Venture Capital at Humboldt University Berlin, as well as Ashoka to support those entrepreneurs that seek innovations for the good of society. Klaus started his career at Bertelsmann, before joining AOL Germany in 1995 as a board member. He was also a venture partner of Benchmark Capital Europe. He earned his PhD in finance from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

doug muzyka

board director
DOUG MUZYKA Bio

Douglas Muzyka was Senior Vice President and Chief Science and Technology Officer of DuPont. He joined the company in 1985 as a research scientist and held a variety of research and research management roles in North America through 1994. Dr. Muzyka was named director of Technology and New Business Development for DuPont Nylon, Asia Pacific, in 1994 and relocated to Hong Kong. From 1994 to 1998 he participated in many plant start-ups and new venture developments throughout Asia Pacific. Dr. Muzyka has served on advisory boards for universities in Singapore and Canada, as well as on boards of Chambers of Commerce, industry associations and business councils on sustainable development in Canada, Mexico and China. Mr. Muzyka was born in Canada and graduated as class valedictorian from the University of Western Ontario with bachelor, master and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering. He completed additional research for his doctorate at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne in France and worked as a researcher in the coal industry in France prior to joining DuPont.

bart swanson

board director
BART SWANSON Bio

Bart Swanson is currently an advisor to Horizon Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Hong Kong with a focus on disruptive technologies. Mr. Swanson is on the boards of Zoom Video Communications Inc., Impossible Foods, Sentient Technologies, Benevolent AI, Hola Networks, Leo Labs Inc, and several other technology companies in Europe, Israel, and the US. Bart was previously a director at Onavo, DeepMind, Bitstrips, Crosswise.com, Viv and from 2015-17 a non-executive board member at MTG AB. Bart received an MBA from The Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Fellow at the Lauder Institute and has a BA in History from the University of Southern California.