Kathryn Petrucci, DVM, Chairman
Dr. Kathryn Petrucci, founder and CMO of Animal Cell Therapies, Inc., brings together a scientific, business, and international background to ACT. The love for science and animals drew her to Veterinary School where she graduated in 2003 from the University of MN College of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM degree. She spent five years in private practice at a progressive small animal practice in San Francisco developing skills in internal medicine, ultrasound, surgery, endoscopy, dentistry and oncology. Prior to her present appointment, Dr. Petrucci has worked at Stemedica, Inc., growing, expanding and differentiating mesenchymal stem cells.
Roger Kuhn, DVM, Director
Dr. Roger C. Kuhn is one of the true leaders and pioneers of the veterinarian industry. Through his visionary work and personal practices he has greatly advanced the veterinarian industry. Throughout the 1970s, Dr. Kuhn lectured at regional, state and local meetings on the medical diagnostic use of in-hospital laboratory tests and the value of diagnostic testing, as well as surgical techniques such as orthopedic bone plating. During the 1980s, Dr. Kuhn focused on standardizing quality of care through diagnostic algorithms and protocols. In 1980 and 1985, he purchased two more practices in different counties, becoming the first free standing, multi-hospital, regional practice group in the San Francisco Bay area. During the 1990s, Dr. Kuhn published articles on practice management and practice growth though high quality, consistent care. He continued to pursue excellence in his personal career—in 1982, he was certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Companion Pets. He was re-certified in 1992.
In 1992, Dr. Kuhn was one of the founders of the Banfield Pet Hospitals, located in Petsmart Superstores, where he served in many positions. This start up national practice has become the largest veterinary practice in the world, with over 650 hospitals in the U.S., along with two in the U.K. and one in Mexico City. Dr. Kuhn now spends most of his time as a mentor for young professionals in his personal practices and at the Banfield Pet Hospital. Dr. Kuhn graduated from the University of Missouri, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1968.
Leo. T. Furcht, M.D., Director
Leo T. Furcht is the Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for University of Minnesota Physicians, the Medical School practice plan at the University of Minnesota with approximately 800 physicians. For a three year period in the 90’s he served as Vice Provost for Research of the University of Minnesota Health Sciences and established a research services organization to provide turn key solutions for faculty and companies to get clinical trials facilitated.
He served as the President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) a biomedical research advocacy organization with over 80,000 members and 21 constituent societies from 2006-2007. Prior to this he served as Vice President for Science Policy and led a FASEB program on conflict of interest in biomedical research.
He was also founding director of the Biomedical Engineering Center of the University of Minnesota. The early efforts focused on biomedical MEMS, stem cells and molecular diagnostics. He was also founding director and PI on the university of Minnesota’s M.D./Ph.D. program and MSTP training grant. He also played the lead role in establishing a highly regarded Immunology Center at the University of Minnesota.
He is from New York, did undergraduate and pre-med at Columbia, received his MD at SUNY Upstate and did residency training at Minnesota where he has been on the faculty since. He has published over 175 scientific papers. He has some 30 plus patents and founded a number of companies.
Gary Petrucci, Director
Mr. Petrucci worked for Piper Jaffray from 1968 until 1995 serving several key roles including Board of Director. While at Piper Jaffray, Mr. Petrucci received the Fred Sirianni Award fourteen times since the award began in 1980. The award symbolized the top producing Investment Executive at Piper Jaffray. In January 2005, this award was renamed in his honor. In 2003, Gary received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, St. Cloud State University. The award recognized Mr. Petrucci’s business achievements and community service.
Mr. Petrucci has served or is currently serving as a Chairman or member on the Boards of Cardiovascular Systems Inc., National Urology Board, America’s Back, Lettieri’s, Inc., and St. Cloud State University Foundation. Currently, Mr. Petrucci is a Senior Vice President-Investments at RBC Wealth Management. Gary received a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and conducted graduate work in Finance at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Petrucci is a graduate of the Wharton School’s Securities Industry Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.
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