KANSAS CITY, Mo.–Â Technology Acceleration Partners (TechAccel, LLC), the private capital development company that invests in, acquires and accelerates early-stage discoveries and technologies in the agriculture, animal health and food ingredient sectors, today announced the hiring of two strategic positions: Brad Fabbri, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer and Lyla Perrodin, Chief Administrative Officer/Chief-of-Staff.
â€śTechAccel is positioned for rapid growth with a concentration on innovation in the ag, animal and food industries,â€ť said Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., President and CEO of TechAccel. â€śWe couldnâ€™t be more pleased to expand our organization with the talents of Brad and Lyla. Boasting a diverse range of experiences that balance pragmatic business operations with a bright vision for the future, their hires signify TechAccelâ€™s ability to advance and accelerate innovation.
Fabbri and Perrodin have been consulting with TechAccel for the last year.
Brad Fabbri, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer
Fabbri brings more than twenty years of experience in science and business as a former Monsanto Science Fellow where he led business assessments, partnership development and negotiations and was responsible for identifying and exploring areas including data-informed farming, new concepts for farming, biorenewables, microbials, climate change and soil health.
At TechAccel, Fabbri will oversee science assessment and the development of advanced programs for investments in agriculture and animal health supporting TechAccelâ€™s mission to drive forward the commercialization of breakthrough technologies as well as researching and developing innovative programs.
â€śItâ€™s a thrilling time to be part of an organization like TechAccel, which has such a unique partnership model,â€ť said Fabbri. â€śI believe weâ€™re approaching a new golden age of ag and animal health innovations and the technology is within reach to create breakthrough change in how we grow crops, care for animals and ultimately feed the world. TechAccel is reaching into markets and universities across the globe, and Iâ€™m excited to help bring transformative new products to the forefront of these fields.â€ť
Lyla Perrodin, Chief Administrative Officer/Chief-of-Staff
Perrodin is a former independent consultant specializing in corporate strategy and operations and is the former Chief Information Officer of MRIGlobal, a nonprofit research and development organization working in health, energy and defense industries. In 2012, she was named an Influential Woman by KC Business Magazine, and led the IT team at MRIGlobal to a KC Business Journal ImpacT Award for Top Line Growth. Additionally, she directed strategic alliances at Sprint, and managed consulting with KPMG and PriceWaterhouse. She lives in Kansas City and is active on the board of directors at the Folly Theater and the Mid-America Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
â€śTechAccelâ€™s recent growth has been phenomenal,â€ť said Perrodin. â€śFrom relationships with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to UC Davis, I look forward to growing and solidifying further strategic partnerships and announcing new investments in cutting-edge technologies.â€ť
TechAccel, LLC, was founded in 2014 as a first-of-its-kind technology and venture development company in the agriculture and animal health sectors. TechAccel sources, invests in and acquires early-stage innovations. Through collaborations with universities and research institutions, TechAccel conducts advancement and de-risking research and development to ready technologies for commercialization. For more information, visit www.TechAccel.net. Follow us on Twitter at @Tech_Accel.