Kathryn Petrucci, DVM
Founder and Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
Dr. Kathryn Petrucci brings together a scientific, business, and international background to ACT. Prior to becoming a veterinarian she worked at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Vienna, Austria and then as an investment executive at Dean Witter and Piper Jaffray and studied in an MBA program for one year. She then attended Veterinary School where she graduated in 2003 from the University of Minnesota 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. She also took several courses in advanced veterinary dentistry. Prior to her present appointment, Dr. Petrucci worked in the human stem cell field., working primarily with mesenchymal stem cells. At ACT she has been involved in all aspects of the business from setting up the corporate structure, the laboratory, hiring, initiating collaborations, protocol and study designs, cost management, developing intellectual property, writing INAD’s, patents, contracts, business plans and presentations. Full Bio
Operations Manager and Human Resources
Christina is extensively involved in legal, accounting, administrative activities, marketing and quality control. Christina manages external contacts for the company, proactively understanding who they are, which are priority contacts, and keeps track of periodic communication needed for priority contacts. She anticipates the executives needs and brings together appropriate people and resources to support the executive in addressing issues. Christina also leads in preparation of Board Meetings and producing accurate Board minutes at each meeting. Christina manages effective contacts and relationships with Board Members, including expense reimbursements and board meeting logistics. She helps to maintain organizational policies and procedures necessary to ensure appropriate decision-making protocols are followed. Christina handles confidential information in a professional and discreet manner including document control, extensive involvement with legal and financial correspondence. She maintains that various administrative tasks are done in an effective and efficient manner, and maintains executive files as needed. Christina also handles accounting and bookkeeping, establishing new relationships with vendors. She also oversees human resources along with new employee set-up, health insurance and payroll. Christina holds a BA in Communications. Full Bio
Accounting & Lab Technician
Liza has five years experience in accounting and administration. She has experience in purchasing, payroll, use and sales tax, accounts payable, accounts receivable, month-end closing, and office management. She handles the bookkeeping for the company, including accounts payable, bill payment, and reconciliation. She is also involved in other aspects of the business, as in administrative duties, to ensure a smooth and accurate operation of the office. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Development Studies.
Mariana Lopez, MD
Research Associate & Quality Control Manager
Mariana Lopez-Velazquez graduated in Mexico City as a general physician from UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico). In 2001, Mariana worked in a Blood Bank as a supervisor where she monitored patients, conducted donor selection, processed blood, and oversaw quality control of blood units in Angeles Hospital in Mexico City for 6 years. Mariana also worked in the laboratory processing tissue and growing stem cells, and learning advanced culture and cryopreservation techniques. In 2009, Mariana started working in Animal Cell Therapies, Inc. as a laboratory researcher and Quality Control Technician. Mariana has extensive experience in quality control, developing standard operating procedures, tissue processing, cell culture, media preparation, equipment monitoring and maintenance, documentation and tracking, and pathogen screening.
Gene Yeh, PhD
Director of Research
Gene has more than 20 years of experience in academic research and industry drug development. Gene’s in-depth knowledge stretches across multiple disciplines including glycobiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology. Previously, Gene was a senior research scientist at La Jolla Bioengineering Institute (LJBI), where he led multiple NIH-funded research projects. Prior to joining LJBI, Gene was a group leader of the Molecular Biology department at Genset Corp., where he designed and implemented strategies to elucidate the regulatory mechanisms of Genset’s lead protein for type II diabetes, Famoxin (also known as Adiponectin). Gene’s other biotech experience includes a senior research scientist position at Corvas International, where he was involved in discovery and molecular cloning of several novel serine protease genes potentially involved in tumor development. Gene conducted his postdoctoral research at Burnham Institute, La Jolla, CA, and received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Many of my works led to publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as United State patents.
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