Robert J. Harman, D.V.M., M.P.V.M. - Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Harman has more than 22 years of experience as a chief executive officer and biotechnology entrepreneur in four novel businesses, all financial successes. Dr. Harman is a veterinarian and statistician, and has overseen the completion of more than 1,000 contract research projects in his career for the development of veterinary and human biotechnology products. He has led the following companies: HTI Bio-Services, a contract research company; HTI Bio-Products, a biological reagent and antibody production company; and Animal Health Ventures, a veterinary product licensing company.
Carolyn Wrightson, Ph.D. - Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Wrightson has more than 20 years of experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, and molecular pathology. Her expertise lies in scale-up of research technologies into high-throughput services, implementation of regulatory compliance, project management, and product development. Dr. Wrightson has experience in research and development, information systems and process development, lean systems analysis and implementation, intellectual property, and contract management.
Amber Vibert, DVM - Safety and Technical Services Veterinarian
Dr. Vibert earned her DVM from Purdue University in 2006. Upon relocating to San Diego, she completed a rotating internship at a large specialty hospital and went on to work several years as an emergency veterinarian. In 2011, she shifted gears into general practice and eventually became the Medical Director of a multi-doctor, small animal practice. In addition, Dr. Vibert grew up riding and owning horses and has extensive equine care knowledge. As our veterinary liaison, she is available for consultations on stem cell or platelet therapy cases and can provide recommendations and guidance to our veterinary customers.
Scott Caton – Director of Quality
Mr. Caton has over 28 years of cGMP Quality experience including Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Operations, Contract Manufacturing, Validation, Stability, Raw Materials, and consulting for Quality Systems. His experience includes managing the Quality aspects of a biological product through late stage III clinical and pre-market development in preparation for BLA.
Kristi Hauta - Director of Commercial Operations
Mrs. Hauta has been with VetStem since 2008. Her experience includes 20+ years of working in various aspects of the veterinary field including a veterinary laboratory and a well-known pet insurance company. Prior to joining our team, she spent 5 years as the practice manager of an all-feline practice in Orange County. With her extensive managerial experience, Kristi oversees our commercial team including Professional Veterinary Services, Customer Service, and Marketing.
Board of Directors
Michael Dale, B.S. - Founder
Mr. Dale has extensive business and managerial experience with multiple start-up biotech companies, and was co-founder of HTI Bio-Products, a biological reagent and antibody company. His expertise covers start-up and scale-up of operations, sales and marketing, data systems, and production. Mr. Dale and Dr. Harman have been partners for numerous years in biotechnology and veterinary service businesses.
Erwin F. Workman, Jr., PhD
Erwin F. Workman, Jr., PhD, has over 26 years of successful diagnostic and scientific development experience with IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (IDXX) and Abbott Laboratories, Inc. (ABT). Dr. Workman was a key participant in the creation of the world’s largest veterinary diagnostic company, IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. Dr. Workman helped lead IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. through startup, new product development, initial profitability, global expansion, and a successful IPO. Prior to joining IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. Dr. Workman oversaw and directed the Research and Development of the Hepatitis and AIDS business unit of Abbott Laboratories, Inc. Dr. Workman’s position on the Board of Directors for VetStem will serve the purpose of leading strategic planning and execution for current and future services and products.
Linda F. Powers, JD
Linda F. Powers, JD sits on the board of directors for seven biotech companies, and is Chair of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission which administers the state’s stem cell funding program. She is on the Advisory Board of U.S. Department of Commerce NIST Advanced Technology Program, a Board Member of the Trudeau Institute, Moffitt Technology Corporation, and NorthWest Biotherapeutics. Ms. Powers is Co-Founder of Toucan Management, LLC. and is experienced in venture capital investing and joint ventures.
Michael J. McCloskey, DVM
Michael J. McCloskey, DVM, obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with post-doctoral study in Dairy Production Medicine. He received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of California at Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, and went on to Co-Found and serves as CEO of Select Milk Producers. Dr. McCloskey founded and serves as the acting Chair of Southwest Cheese Company, and is Chairman of the Board for Fair Oaks Farms. He is a Partner and General Manager of Fair Oaks Dairy Farms, and Member of Markle Initiative for America’s Economic Future in a Networked World. Dr. McCloskey brings multi-national agribusiness and patent experience to VetStem’s Board.