Bruce German, PhD
Bruce is a Professor of Food Chemistry at UC Davis and the Director of the Foods for Health Institute located in the Robert Mondavi Institute. Bruce has had a long and highly distinguished career in understanding the role of food and certain food ingredients in delivering improved health. His particular expertise is in the nutrient delivery between mothers and infants in the first few months of life. Throughout his career, Bruce has served as an expert advisor to the world's leading food and nutrition companies and organizations.
Daniel Janney, MBA
Dan is the Managing Director of Alta Partners, a leading venture capital firm in life sciences, funding over 145 companies in the industry since 1996. Dan joined Alta immediately following the firm’s founding, and was co-founder of the Alta BioPharma effort. Dan focuses on investments in biopharmaceutical products and therapeutics and has been directly involved in the funding and development of over 25 life sciences companies. Dan is currently on the Board of Directors of a number of companies, including Alba Therapeutics, Esperion Therapeutics, Lithera, Prolacta Bioscience, and ViroBay. In addition, he led Alta’s investments in ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals, CoTherix, Definity Health, DiscoveRx, Dynavax, Endonetics, Ilex Oncology, InterMune, LJL Biosystems and Mako Surgical.
David Kyle, PhD
David is a 30 year veteran of biotech, having co-founded a range of successful biotech companies in the fields of nutrition and health (including Martek Biosciences, which was acquired in 2011 for $1.1 Billion). David combines a strong scientific background with significant commercial acumen, has published over 70 scientific articles, edited two books, and is the named inventor on over 80 patents.
Simon Barnes, PhD, MBA
Simon Barnes is a Partner of Circadia Ventures and manages a venture capital fund backed by the global ingredient company Tate & Lyle. Simon has spent 15 years in and around the life sciences venture capital industry, first with the London office of Atlas Venture and subsequently with GIMV Venture Capital. He has served on a number of VC-backed boards from early stage to exit including Allylix (USA), Fugeia (Belgium) and Lumora (UK). Simon has a first class honors degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD from The University of Cambridge, UK. He spent two years as a Research Fellow at The Rockefeller University in New York, before becoming Head of The Laboratory of Cotton Biotechnology in Singapore. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Imperial College London, later joining the faculty and becoming Director of Imperial's Entrepreneurship Centre prior to co-founding Circadia Ventures in 2006.
Roger Wyse, PhD
Dr. Roger Wise is Founder & Managing Partner of Spruce Capital Partners. He also currently serves on the International Advisory Panel for Biotechnology (BioIAP) and is a member of the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council for the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Dr. Wyse is a member of the Civilian Research and Development Foundation’s GIST Global Advisory Group, and is the former President and COO, Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds (Biogreentech), at Burrill & Company. Dr. Wyse has over 30 years of experience as an internationally recognized scientist and as a Dean at two major research universities: Rutgers and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Gareth Asten, MBA
Gareth is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Acre Venture Partners, a Santa Monica, CA based venture fund primarily focused on disruptive technologies, products and services for better outcomes in the food system. Prior to founding Acre, Gareth was a key executive team member in three leveraged buyouts, including Bolthouse Farms (sold to the Campbell Soup Company). Gareth holds a BS in Finance from DePaul University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is also a Trustee for PS1 Pluralistic Elementary School in Santa Monica, CA, is on the Advisory Board for the Southern California Food Allergy Institute and is a Board Member of Kiss the Ground, a non-profit focused on educating consumers and farmers on the benefits of regenerative farming practices.