Our Team

 

Ai Oikawa, Ph.D.

  Ai Oikawa, Ph.D. is the founder, CEO/CSO of AFINGEN®, and has been developing new plant biotechnology platforms for sustainable food, feed, fiber, and fuel production.   Her research has been awarded by Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Aeronautics…

Carolyn Fritz, M.B.A

  Carolyn Fritz, M.B.A. has over twenty years of experience in successfully building industrial biotechnology businesses. From 2004-2014, she built Allylix from a startup, raising $34 million in venture financing, creating a pipeline of products for the flavor & fragrance and insect control markets, establishing key strategic partnerships, and scaling up and commercializing the first…

Kenneth Davenport, Ph.D.

  Kenneth Davenport, Ph.D. is an agricultural industry veteran, having served in leadership and executive capacities as Vice President of Strategy & CTO of Chromatin, Inc., Director of New Business Ventures with Bayer CropScience, GmbH, and CEO of ArborGen, LLC. Ken has held numerous leadership and executive roles focused on strategy and its implementation at…