We have cultivated our team from varying fields and backgrounds, ensuring a rich blend of expertise and perspectives.

There are few causes as worthy as working toward something that improves the quality of life of everyone in the world.

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I've had the good fortune to travel and observe healthcare around the world. I want to contribute to developing products that reduce the inequality in healthcare and improve global health.

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Every day there are continuous advances in science that include expensive instrumentation, resulting in high costs for consumers, whether that be related to pharmaceuticals, treatments, or diagnostics. I hope to contribute to the healthcare industry by seeking to create an affordable point-of-care diagnostic platform.

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Relating to others and trying to put myself in other people’s shoes helps me become a better co-worker and a more effective team member, and indirectly helps me be a better scientist.

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Regardless of what you think you know, there is always more to learn and room to grow.

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Our Seekers take risks to discover dynamic solutions to global health issues.

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Meet the Seek Labs Team

Seek Labs TeamBoard of DirectorsAdvisors
Co-Founder and CEO

Jared Bauer, MBA

President

Keith Marmer, MBA, DPT

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Brad Bauer

Chief Business Development Officer

Craig Mosman, J.D.

Vice President of Pharmaceutical Research

Alison O’Mahony, PhD

Douglas Gladue, PhD
Vice President of Veterinary Pharmaceutical Development

Douglas Gladue, PhD

Director of Research

Anindita ‘Annie’ Roy, PhD

Director of Operations

Deric Holden, PhD

Director of Communications

Bridget Baldwin

Mechanical Engineer III

Jonathan Politis, B.E.

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Meghan Burke

Office Administrator

Bliss Stargaard

Diagnostics Team

Ashvini Ray, PhD

Pharmaceuticals Team

Naveen Verma, PhD

Pharmaceuticals Team

Dylan Keiser, M.S.

Diagnostics Team

Mohammad Roky, PhD

Diagnostics Team

Madisen Pyper

Diagnostics Team

Tyler Archibald

Pharmaceuticals Team

Kristin Starr

Diagnostics Team

Ariana Human-McKinnon

Diagnostics Team

Alyssa Sam

Diagnostics Team

Elijah Allen

Diagnostics Team

Mikenzee Frazier

Diagnostics Team

Harrison Piper

Diagnostics Team

Grace Lange

Co-Founder and CEO

Jared Bauer, MBA

Jared earned his B.S. in Economics from the University of Utah. Jared went on to earn a MBA from Boise State University.

Jared Bauer is the co-founder and CEO of Seek Labs Inc. Jared also serves as the Chairman of the Board of BioHive, where he is leading an effort to brand the Utah Life Science community and expand its global reach. Jared also serves as CEO of IONIQ Sciences and as a member of BioUtah’s Board of Directors.

In 2012, Jared founded Exuro Medical and acquired BurnFree Products. In just two years, with a focus on sustainable revenue generation, he led the Exuro Medical team to expand BurnFree distribution to 58 countries, managing regulatory processes, re-working quality systems, and making BurnFree the second-largest burn treatment product line in the world. Jared previously served as an adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship at Ensign College.

Jared founded Seek Labs because he is passionate about researching and innovating healthcare solutions that positively impact global health. Jared also wanted to run a company driven by values that prioritized innovation, research, and community engagement.

Jared is deeply passionate about giving back to the community. Jared currently serves as a trustee for The Oliver Fund, a 501c3 non-profit he co-founded with his wife, Sarah.

Boise State University:MBA

University of Utah:B.S.

President

Keith Marmer, MBA, DPT

Keith earned his B.S. in Health Sciences from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Keith went on to earn a MPT from University of the Sciences where he completed a thesis comparing the relationship between lordotic curvature of the spine and the strength of paraspinal musculature. Keith also earned a MBA from University of the Sciences in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business. Keith then went on to earn a DPT from University of the Sciences.

Keith founded and served as a managing partner at a life-sciences focused venture fund. Keith also served as Chief Business Officer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for Innovation (PCI). Most recently, Keith served as the Chief Innovation and Economic Engagement Officer at the University of Utah where he managed technology commercialization, new ventures & investments, corporate partnerships, and economic development.

Keith is passionate about healthcare innovation both as an innovator and investor. Keith is committed to supporting healthcare innovation that improves life for people everywhere.

Keith has volunteered for numerous organizations that support economic empowerment, scientific advancement, and education including–among others–the University Economic Development Association, BioUtah, BioHive, the Academic Drug Discovery Consortium, EDC Utah, the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation, the Pennsylvania Office of the Governor, DreamIt Ventures, University City Science Center, and Village Capital.

Keith was also appointed by Governor Spencer Cox, to the Utah Unified Economic Opportunity Commission in 2022.

University of the Sciences, Philadelphia:B.S., MPT, MBA, DPT

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Brad Bauer

Brad studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Utah.

Brad has spent the past 36 years in Executive management where he has successfully built technical organizations and overseen the design, development and support of sophisticated, large-scale systems and applications across numerous platforms and industries. A serial entrepreneur and inventor, he served as the technical founder of six startups, two of which went public. Brad is also a named inventor on thirteen issued U.S. patents involving various software algorithms and processes.

Brad is passionate about innovation and research that improves lives globally. Brad co-founded Seek Labs with a vision to positively impact lives, regardless of location or circumstances.

Brad has served in various capacities for organizations that help children be successful in life. Brad is passionate about helping children and young adults understand their potential. Brad also volunteers his time with spinal cord injury patients at various rehab centers.

Brad also serves on the board of Opio Connect, which provides automated-dose assembly systems to opioid treatment providers in remote areas.

University of Utah:Studies in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Chief Business Development Officer

Craig Mosman, J.D.

Craig earned his J.D. from the University of Idaho and a B.A. in Education from Utah State University.

He began his career in the biotech business as the President and CEO of CancEr2, Inc, a company that developed a novel treatment for prostate cancer. He also served as President and CEO of ClonE2, which was a spinoff from that company. As President of Kirkland Biosciences for more than a decade, Mosman led a company which focused on acquisition of early stage technologies, funding the development of technologies, and licensing and sale of the technologies.

Craig has invested in and served as served as a C-Suite executive in several companies, has raised over $100M in funding, and led successful exits. Craig believes the technologies developed at Seek Labs will change global health. He has personally witnessed healthcare inequalities around the world.

University of Idaho:J.D.

Utah State University:B.S.

Vice President of Pharmaceutical Research

Alison O’Mahony, PhD

Dr. Alison O’Mahony earned a BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology from University College Cork from where she went on to earn a PhD in Immunology. Dr. O’Mahony has served in scientific leadership roles at Recursion, Eurofins and DiscoverX. She has led academic research efforts, CRO-based phenotypic screening services, and drug discovery efforts in biotech. Dr. O’Mahony has served as a subject-matter expert in disease biology (immunology, inflammation, immune-oncology, and fibrosis), has published several peer-reviewed articles, and presented at international conferences.

Dr. O’Mahony is deeply committed to building and serving the wider scientific community. She is passionate about helping her community realize the full potential of motivated individuals to drive innovation, improve healthcare outcomes, expand markets, and address health disparities. She is a founding member of the BioHive Women in Technology and STEM (WITS) chapter, which focuses on supporting and promoting women in Utah’s STEM fields. She also serves on professional boards including Talent Ready Utah, Breakthrough Cancer Research, and the Inflammation Research Association.

University College Cork:B.S., PhD

Vice President of Veterinary Pharmaceutical Development

Douglas Gladue, PhD

Dr. Douglas Gladue earned a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island and went on to earn a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Stony Brook University. Dr. Gladue is an internationally recognized virologist and ASF expert and leader in vaccine development and swine genomics. He has previously led and developed vaccines from concept to commercialization for foreign animal diseases at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In his role with the USDA, he led research, invented, and commercialized the first and second live-attenuated vaccines for ASF, significantly contributing to the global management of this critical agricultural issue. He is also one of the only ARS recipients in history to receive the prestigious Arthur S. Flemming award for his ASF vaccine accomplishments. Dr. Gladue is an Executive Board Member and Scientific Director for the Global African Swine Fever Research Alliance (GARA). Additionally, he serves as an Editorial Board Member for several scientific journals, including the Journal of Virology and of Viruses.

Stony Brook University:PhD

University of Rhode Island:B.S.

Director of Research

Anindita ‘Annie’ Roy, PhD

Annie earned her B.E. in Biotechnology from Birla Institute of Technology. Annie went on to earn a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Utah. Annie’s PhD research focused on glycobiochemistry, which included enzyme characterization of novel heparinase, creating oligosaccharide drug candidates, and testing oligosaccharide drug candidates in neuro cell lines. 

Annie previously worked as an Investment Analyst at Sorenson Impact. She performed investment diligence for impact-oriented startups and focused primarily on international startup companies throughout India, Africa, and South America. 

Annie joined Seek Labs because she firmly believed in the company’s mission to impact global health. Annie believes the work at Seek Labs has the potential to change the world and improve lives around the globe. 

During her undergraduate studies, Annie helped start an organization where college students could volunteer their time in rural areas around Indian residential colleges as teachers, career coaches, and more. More recently, Annie has volunteered with the University of Utah Hospital, Best Friends Animal Society, The Road Home, Indian Students Association, and the American Red Cross.

University of Utah:PhD

Birla Institute of Technology:B.E.

Director of Operations

Deric Holden, PhD

Deric earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Utah State University. Deric went on to earn a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah where he focused his studies in Electrochemistry, which included research into the soft nanoparticles by the Resistive Pulse Method. Deric currently holds 9 publications relating to his electrochemistry research. 

Deric previously worked as a Senior Chemist at e-sens where he took a water-quality detection device from concept to production, including product invention, fundraising, development, and sales. 

Deric joined Seek Labs to further research and innovation in novel biotechnology and electrochemical sensors. Deric firmly believes in Seek Labs’s mission and appreciates his ability to contribute to healthcare innovation. 

Deric is actively involved in his community and loves getting kids involved in science by volunteering as a Cub Scout Den Leader, a Girl Scout Assistant Leader, and a private tutor to friends, neighbors, and family. 

University of Utah:PhD

Utah State University:B.S.

Director of Communications

Bridget Baldwin

Bridget earned her BA in English from Utah State University. 

Bridget started her career in Financial Crime Compliance. Prior to her time at Seek Labs, Bridget investigated financial crimes with a focus on international anti-bribery regulations. She had the opportunity to work in Financial Crime Compliance in both the United States and the United Kingdom. 

Bridget was initially inspired by Seek Labs’s commitment to patients and emphasis on point-of-care research and innovations. Bridget is passionate about Seek Labs’s mission to impact global health and the overall commitment to values-driven research and innovation.

Bridget is passionate about helping her peers and neighbors participate in the civic process by getting registered to vote. She has previously canvassed for signatures and helped people in the community register to vote. Bridget is also an avid baker and recently started volunteering with Cake4Kids, which provides birthday cakes and treats to children in low-income or resource-limited households.

Utah State University:B.A.

Mechanical Engineer III

Jonathan Politis, B.E.

Jonathan earned his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University. 

Jonathan has spent his career in biotechnology engineering. Prior to his time at Seek Labs, Jonathan worked as a Mechanical Engineer at BioMerieux. 

Jonathan is passionate about his work at Seek Labs because he is able to formulate and develop a simple idea into an impactful innovation. Jonathan loves the opportunity to chase cutting-edge innovations that improve health outcomes for patients and their families. 

Jonathan volunteers his time with youth in his local community as a leader and mentor. Jonathan also seeks out opportunities to donate blood and pay-it-forward in simple ways. 

Brigham Young University:B.E.

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Meghan Burke

Meghan earned her BAS in Biochemistry from Western Washington University. 

Meghan is passionate about researching and developing accessible healthcare solutions and joins Seek Labs in our mission to innovate agile and accessible diagnostic and pharmaceutical solutions. Meghan is also passionate about contributing to Seek Labs’ collaborative culture and fosters a cooperative environment with the team. 

Meghan believes community service is the best way to connect with her local community. In her free time, Meghan pursues opportunities to volunteer with environmental organizations and the local women’s shelter. 

Western Washington University:BAS

Office Administrator

Bliss Stargaard

Bliss is actively pursuing a B.S. in Operation and Supply Chain at the University of Utah. 

Bliss is passionate about operations and loves her role with Seek Labs. Bliss appreciates how many opportunities she has to continually learn from her work and colleagues. 

Bliss is involved with the University of Utah Operations and Supply Chain club. Bliss previously served as a peer mentor and helped support the mental health needs at her school. 

Diagnostics Team

Ashvini Ray, PhD

Ashvini earned a B.E. in Biotechnology from Birla Institute of Technology. Ashvini went on to earn a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Ashvini’s PhD research focused on understanding the role of DksA, ppGpp, and RegAB in regulation of nitrate respiration in Paracoccus denitrificans.

Ashvini is passionate about her work at Seek Labs because she can merge her passion for research with her drive to help other. Ashvini is dedicated to tackling innovation that addresses healthcare challenges around the world. 

Ashvini is a dedicated member and supporter of Women in Stem organizations, as well as organizations that address climate change.

Birla Institute of Technology:B.E.

University of Texas at Dallas:PhD

Pharmaceuticals Team

Naveen Verma, PhD

Naveen earned a dual B.S./M.S. in Biological Sciences from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research. Naveen’s B.S./M.S. research focused on the identification and characterization of a novel histone H3 tail clipping activity in chicken liver tissues. 

Naveen went on to earn a PhD in Oncological Studies from the University of Utah. Naveen’s PhD research focused on the regulation of SWI/SNF Chromatin Remodelers. Naveen currently holds 6 publications across the biological sciences fields. 

Naveen has always wanted to develop something that eventually improves the world in a tangible manner; Naveen joined Seek Labs to help research and innovate technologies that will tangibly improve the world.

Naveen has volunteered with the University of Utah Hospital Emergency Department and the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center. Naveen also volunteers as a Vision Screener for Friends for Sight.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research.:B.S./M.S.

University of Utah:PhD

Pharmaceuticals Team

Dylan Keiser, M.S.

Dylan earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Southern Utah University. Dylan went on to earn a M.S. in Biochemistry from Utah State University where he focused his research around CRISPR and CAS 12A2. Dylan’s research around the CAS 12A2 enzyme was published in the prestigious journal, Nature, in January 2023.

Dylan initially joined Seek Labs to continue his research in CRISPR and the use of CAS 12A2. Dylan is now passionate about his work at Seek Labs where his research contributes to innovation and scientific discovery. 

Southern Utah University:B.S.

Utah State University:M.S.

Diagnostics Team

Mohammad Roky, PhD

Roky earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Dhaka. Roky also earned a M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Dhaka. Roky went on to earn a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Louisville. During his PhD, Roky studied medical bacteriology and treatment for diseases. 

Roky was excited to join Seek Labs because the company’s goals aligned with his personal goals to better the detection and treatment of diseases. Roky enjoys collaborating to research and discover healthcare innovations.

Roky volunteers his time with STEM Utah where he helps educate Utah Youth about STEM and impactful careers in science. 

University of Dhaka:B.S., M.S.

University of Louisville: PhD

Diagnostics Team

Madisen Pyper

Madisen earned her B.S. in Biology and a minor in Math and Chemistry from Utah State University. 

Madisen was excited to join Seek Labs and continue her research in biological functions and innovations. Madisen loves being a part of Seek Labs’s culture of collaboration and community. 

Madisen is currently trying to get more involved with her local Animal Shelter. Madisen is additionally dedicated to preserving and restoring Utah’s beautiful landscapes and canyons. 

Utah State University:B.S.

Diagnostics Team

Tyler Archibald

Tyler earned his B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Biology from Utah State University. 

Tyler was excited to join Seek Labs and participate in hands-on research in biotechnology. Tyler believes Seek Labs is innovating solutions that will change lives for the better. Tyler wants to experience firsthand the change that Seek Labs will bring to global healthcare.

Tyler currently serves as a mentor to undergraduate students.

Utah State University:B.S.

Pharmaceuticals Team

Kristin Starr

Kristin earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Utah. 

Kristin was excited to join Seek Labs and be part of curiosity-driven research and discovery. Kristin has subsequently discovered a passion for global health. She feels satisfied knowing how influential her research and innovation can be on global health. 

Kristin regularly volunteers with the STEM Action Center. Kristin is passionate about getting children involved with STEM and helping them see they can have a future in science and innovation in many capacities. 

University of Utah:B.S.

Diagnostics Team

Ariana Human-McKinnon

Ariana earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from Waynesburg University. 

Ariana was inspired by Seek Labs’s leadership and wanted to contribute to their goal of impacting global health. Ariana loves being part of Seek Labs’s culture and pursuit of scientific innovation. 

Ariana has volunteered at nursing homes and with science outreach programs. Ariana also participated in an invasive species removal project in Florida’s swamps with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee. 

Waynesburg University:B.S.

Diagnostics Team

Alyssa Sam

Alyssa earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Utah State University. 

Alyssa was excited to join Seek Labs to continue scientific research. Alyssa is excited to help Seek Labs innovate solutions and products that are impactful around the world. 

Alyssa is passionate about supporting environmental and educational causes. Alyssa is committed to building a better future for people everywhere. 

Utah State University:B.S.

Diagnostics Team

Elijah Allen

Elijah earned his B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Utah. 

Elijah was excited to join Seek Labs because he enjoyed the company culture and focus on collaboration and intellectual curiosity. Elijah is proud of his work at Seek Labs and feels he is contributing to something that matters and will change lives. 

Elijah participates in the ‘Adopt-a-Highway’ clean-up program to keep Utah’s breathtaking canyons clean and pristine. Elijah oversees clean-up projects in Big Cottonwood Canyon that ensure the canyon stays beautiful for local wildlife and visitors. 

University of Utah:B.S.

Diagnostics Team

Mikenzee Frazier

MiKenzee earned her B.S. in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry from Weber State University. 

MiKenzee joined Seek Labs to be part of healthcare innovation that gives back to health. MiKenzee recognizes there is much to be done to improve healthcare outcomes globally and feels lucky to be part of the scientific advancements at Seek Labs to better global health. 

MiKenzee is passionate about finding opportunities to introduce kids to different forms of art and creativity. She believes creativity is pivotal to learning and growth and seeks out opportunities to promote creativity through different art forms.  

Weber State University:B.S.

Diagnostics Team

Harrison Piper

Harrison earned his B.S. in Biotechnology and a minor in Biology from Utah Valley University. 

Harrison was excited to join Seek Labs and continue research into biology and healthcare innovations. Harrison is passionate about finding ways to improve healthcare. Harrison is dedicated to innovating solutions that serve the needs of patients around the world.  

Harrison is a dedicated member of Alateen and is committed to helping teenagers overcome hardships. As an Alateen mentor, Harrison is passionate about supporting teenagers who are navigating close family members who struggle with alcohol dependence and addition.

Utah Valley University:B.S.

Diagnostics Team

Grace Lange

Grace earned her B.S. in Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology from Brigham Young University. 

Since the time she was a teenager, Grace has been fascinated by scientific research and its power to translate into healthcare solutions. Grace joined Seek Labs to contribute to research and problem solving that bring better healthcare technologies to people globally. 

Grace volunteers at the South Franklin Community Center where she helps children improve their reading skills and assists students learning English as a second language. Grace is also passionate about supporting STEM education for elementary-age students. 

Brigham Young University:B.S.

Anthony Ostrowski, PhD

Anthony Ostrowski graduated from Pennsylvania State University in Biology and was awarded his MS and PhD by Michigan State University in Fisheries and Wildlife with an emphasis in aquaculture nutrition. He was the principal investigator on multi-million-dollar research projects, directed a multi-institution, multi-state consortium, and led the internationally recognized aquaculture research and development organization, World Oceanic Institute, as president and CEO.

Expertise:White Spot Syndrome Virus

Daniel Rock, PhD

Daniel Rock, PhD, Professor, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UI). Served as Research Leader of Exotic Viral Diseases at USDA’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) from 1989-2004 where he developed and led major research initiatives on African swine fever and other foreign animal diseases, comparative and functional viral genomics, and rapid pathogen detection. Dr. Rock is internationally recognized for his ASF functional genomics research involving virulence and host range which provided the foundation for rational development of live-attenuated ASF vaccines (LAV).

Expertise:African Swine Fever Virus

Giulia Franzoni, PhD, DVM

Giulia Franzoni earned a DVM at the University of Parma (Italy) and received a PhD in Immunology from University of Surrey. Dr. Franzoni is currently working in several projects on ASFV, including the EU Project “VACDIVA”. Her main research activities focus on ASFV Immunology and porcine macrophage polarization.

Expertise:African Swine Fever Virus

Hermann Unger, PhD, DVM

Hermann Unger is a former Head of the Laboratory of Tropical Veterinary Medicine at University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. Former Technical Officer, Animal Production and Health Sector Joint FAO/IAEA Division responsible for management international programs in animal health. Author of over 55 publications on animal health. Dr. Unger is a co-inventor of platform designed to improve delivery of therapeutics to respiratory tract infections in humans.

Expertise:African Swine Fever Virus

Jessie Trujillo, PhD, DVM

Jessie Trujillo, an infectious disease specialist, earned a BS and DVM from Colorado State University, as well as PhD in Washington State University. She currently works as a Senior Research Associate at CEEZAD. Her research focuses on immunology and the pathogenesis of infectious agents. Translation work includes vaccine and diagnostic assay development and translation. Dr. Trujillo has spent her career working on vaccine candidates for African Swine Fever Virus.

Expertise:African Swine Fever Virus

John Crowther, PhD

John Crowther is a European Expert in African Swine Fever. A former UN scientist, involved at the International Atomic Energy Agency, FAO/IAEA Joint Division, Vienna as FAO scientist for development of member states laboratory diagnostic potential in control of animal diseases. Dr. Crowther completed a PhD at the University of Reading in England.

Expertise:African Swine Fever Virus

Marc Porter, PhD

Marc Porter is a professor of analytical chemistry at the University of Utah. His research focuses on innovations central to the discovery and rapid screening of promising therapeutic compounds, nanomaterials, biomaterials, and biocatalysts. Dr. Porter completed his BS at Wright State University and his PhD at Ohio State University.

Expertise:Diagnostic Platforms

Maria Serena Beato, PhD, DVM

Maria Serena Beato graduated with DVM at the University of Bologna. Dr. Beato attended a master course in the faculty of Agronomy at the University of Padua, through which she gained knowledge on public health issues in developing and in-transition countries and on how to carry out development cooperation programs. Dr. Beato completed her PhD in Virology and is currently working at the Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, which conducts diagnosis of mammalian viral diseases and diagnosis of rickettsial infection.

Expertise:African Swine Fever Virus

Ryan Jackson, PhD

Ryan Jackson is currently the Primary Investigator at The Jackson Lab, at Utah State University, where his team researches CRISPR system structure, function and the biological role of circular RNAs. In 2012, Dr. Jackson began working with CRISPR systems in Blake Wiedenheft’s lab at Montana State University as an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow, where he published eleven manuscripts in top-tier journals including Science, Molecular Cell, and Nature Protocols. He earned a PhD in Biochemistry from Utah State University. Dr. Jackson earned the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from Montana State University in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Expertise:CRISPR

Sharon Hietala, PhD

Sharon Hietala is a professor emerita of Clinical Diagnostic Immunology, UC Davis. She was the former Director of California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory and the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis. Dr. Hietala spent her career evaluating PCR and sample preparation technologies. Dr. Hietala completed a PhD in Immunology. In 2009, Dr. Sharon Hietala received the E. P. Pope Memorial Award. Currently, she is a professor of Clinical Diagnostic Immunology at the CAHFS, where she serves as the section head of the laboratory system’s immunology and biotechnology services.

Expertise:Mentoring Consultant

Tom Allnutt, PhD

Tom Allnutt is a Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Phycal Inc. His expertise is algal biotechnology. Dr. Allnutt was a Program Director and Biotechnology Cluster Leader in the SBIR/STTR Program (Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technology Transfer) at the National Science Foundation. In addition to this governmental experience Dr. Allnutt spent over 20 years the algal biotech/biofuels small business community. He was an early employee of Martek Biosciences Corporation where he was a Research Director for over twelve years. Dr. Allnutt was the Vice President of Research and Development at ABN Corp and the third employee; he spent six years with ABN.

Expertise:White Spot Syndrome Virus

Board Chair

Bill Stoddart, MA

Bill Stoddart is an entrepreneur, educator, and innovative problem solver who brings years of experience from a variety of fields and endeavors to support individuals and organizations as they work to develop and execute strategic and tactical plans for their capital resources. Having founded two different registered investment advisory firms with a combined AUM of more than $100mm, along with cofounding HomeStake, he has spent years building his own businesses, while also working with investors and entrepreneurs to help them understand the various financial landscapes they encounter and the directions they wish to pursue. He continues to engage with clients and partners from early-stage businesses and family offices to inclusive and service-oriented capital providers and NGOs to support an ever-expanding ecosystem focused on fostering inclusive and enduring communities.

Pete Koson, MBA, CMA

Pete Koson earned BS in history at the University of New Hampshire and MBA in Boise State University. Mr. Koson is the founder of Ninety South Consulting, the former CFO of Wilkinson Montesano Builders, and founder and managing partner of Greeneck Earthworks. As the director of the Gallatin County, Montana, Small Business Development Center, Koson worked with numerous local businesses and entrepreneurs on effective business planning, strategy, financial forecasting, and loan packaging. Koson brings a diverse operational and financial skill set to any team, he has worked across a wide range of industries and has lived and worked in New Zealand, Greenland, and Antarctica, including a year-long stint as the station manager at Amundsen-Scott Station located at the geographic South Pole.

Boise State University:MBA

University of New Hampshire:B.S.

Wayne Shore, PhD

Wayne Shore is a Senior Vice President at Operation Technologies. He has decades of experience conducting military personnel research, mostly for the Air Force. Dr. Shore earned BS in Psychology at Duke University, MS in Psychology at George Peabody College, and PhD in Psychology at Oklahoma State University.

Oklahoma State University:PhD

George Peabody College:M.S.

Duke University:B.S.

Jared Bauer, MBA

Jared Bauer is CEO of Seek Labs, a diagnostics and therapeutics development company, he co-founded in 2016. Bauer has focused his professional endeavors on the medtech industry and is passionate about healthcare innovation. In 2012, he acquired BurnFree Products, and led the team to expand BurnFree distribution to 58 countries before a successful exit in 2016. He also currently serves as the CEO of IONIQ Sciences, trustee of The Oliver Fund (a non-profit he co-founded with his wife, Sarah), member of BioUtah’s Board of Directors, Chairman of BioHive, and previously served as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Ensign College. He holds a BS in Economics from the University of Utah and an MBA from Boise State University.

Boise State University:MBA

University of Utah:B.S.

Cindy Dunkle

Cindy Dunkle is the Chief People Officer for Denali Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. As Chief People Officer, Dunkle oversees human resources, company facilities, and environmental health and safety. Her leadership has been key to the company’s growth and talent acquisition strategy. Dunkle was a key part of the organization and strategy through the company’s IPO in 2017, which was the largest in the biotech industry that year.

With a career spanning over 30 years, Dunkle is a trusted advisor and advocate for employees, understanding their needs while aligning them with organizational objectives. In 2022, she was named one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Biotechnology by The Healthcare Technology Report. She has also been featured on PharmaVoice’s Woman of the Week podcast where she was recognized as a catalyst for change in the life sciences industry.

Dunkle received a B.S. in Psychology from Metropolitan State University. Prior to her role at Denali, she held key HR roles at Adverum Biotechnologies and Genentech. Dunkle currently serves on the Board of Managers for Life Science Cares Bay Area, a collective of Bay Area life sciences companies to address poverty and inequality locally. Additionally, Dunkle is the Vice Chair of BioHive, a public-private non-profit representing Utah’s collective of life sciences and healthcare innovation companies.

Metropolitan State University:B.S.

Michael Paul, PhD

Michael Paul is CEO, President, and Director of MARAbio, a precision immunology biotechnology company that is commercializing groundbreaking technologies to detect Maternal Autoantibody Related Autism (MARA), an autoimmune subtype of autism associated with more severe forms of the condition. Prior to his appointment as MARAbio’s CEO, Dr. Paul co-founded Lineagen, Inc. in 2006, where he served as President, CEO, and Director from the company’s start up to commercial growth and through its strategic acquisition in 2020.

He earned a BA from Colby College and went on to earn a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Utah. Dr. Paul has been recognized as one of Utah’s leading entrepreneurs, for which he was appointed to the Utah Technology Industry Commission by former Governor Michael O. Leavitt. He has also served as Vice Chairman for the Utah Technology Council. Dr. Paul was a finalist for EY’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year award and was named a “Utah 100 Winner” by MountainWest Capital Network.

University of Utah:PhD

Colby College:B.A.

Randy Rasmussen, PhD

Randy Rasmussen co-founded BioFire Diagnostics (previously Idaho Technology) in 1991. Dr. Rasmussen, who went on to hold positions as President, COO, and CEO, led BioFire through countless milestones, including growing the company to over 3,000 employees, developing biothreat surveillance technologies for the US military, and inventing the field of Syndromic testing for easy diagnosis of infectious disease syndromes. Dr. Rasmussen also led BioFire through a successful $500M sale to BioMérieux and strategically supported a dual IPO/acquisition path led by JP Morgan in 2020.

Dr. Rasmussen earned a BSc in Biochemistry from Utah State University and went on to earn a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Utah. Dr. Rasmussen has authored or co-authored over 20 publications and has developed several patented technologies. Dr. Rasmussen currently serves as Chairman of the Board for BioUtah and as a Board Member for Quansys Biosciences.

University of Utah:PhD

Utah State University:BSc

seekers in service

The soul of our company is grounded in the community where we reside

Each year, we encourage our Seekers to get involved with our community. Our Seekers have organized service projects, spent time in local schools, and served vulnerable populations in our community.

40 hrs

To support our team’s commitment to our community, we allot 40 additional PTO hours to each of our team members every year to volunteer with the charity of their choice. Since the program’s inception in March 2022, our Seekers have logged hundreds of volunteer hours in our community.

We believe it’s not enough that we make an impact someday; we believe in giving back and helping our community today and every day. 

careers

We are looking for curious people who are ready to make a positive impact on global health.

Seek Labs looks for individuals with a relentless drive to ask questions and explore novel ideas. We are looking for excited candidates who are eager to drive impactful science and healthcare outcomes. Seek Labs supports its employees and nurtures their intellectual curiosity. Help us challenge the status quo and propel healthcare innovations forward.

Our Values

Driven by a Higher Purpose

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