Matt Wood, Founder and CEO
Matt has been a pioneer in developing probiotic technologies since 1996. He has led the development and commercialization of probiotic consortia fermentation technologies for multiple industries, as well as the development and expansion of SCD Probiotics’ global network of manufacturers and distributors. In 2012, he led the launch and funding of Proviera Biotech to develop and commercialize sustainable products for the leather tanning industry. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in soil and atmospheric sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his master’s degree in bioproduction from the University of Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan. In 2011, Matt was awarded for his contributions to soil science and sustainable technology by Poland’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Marek Sawicki. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Japanese, Wood is a frequent guest speaker and thought leader across the globe on sustainability and probiotic technology.
Dr. Narin Tipsrisukond, Executive Vice President of Technology
Dr. Narin Tipsrisukond has 13 years of R&D experience focusing on agricultural and food-grade supplements. Prior to SCD Probiotics and Proviera, he worked as the head of R&D for BioSyntropy, a privately-held firm specializing in natural microbial-based products. While at BioSyntropy, he established QA/QC programs to follow USFDA GMP guidelines for dietary supplements. Since joining SCD Probiotics, he has successfully led efforts to develop bio-based, probiotic-derived cleaning and tannery products, including those for Proviera. Narin leads and manages tactical and strategic research and development, as well as intellectual property development plans, for Proviera. He received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture/animal science from Prince Songkla University, Thailand, his master’s degree in food science from the University of Missouri, and his PhD in food science from the University of Missouri.
Peter Ryan, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Peter Ryan is SCD Probiotics’ Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Peter has 37 years of product marketing and general management experience. Previously, he was Vice President of the Companion Animal Business Unit for Bayer Healthcare U.S., responsible for sales, marketing and operations. Prior to Bayer, Peter was Vice President of Laundry & Households in the U.S. for Unilever HPC. As Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Peter oversees planning and distribution of SCD Probiotics-operated brands, including Proviera. Peter received a bachelor’s degree in political science from College of the Holy Cross.
Jim McNair, Executive Vice President of Finance
Jim McNair is Proviera’s Executive Vice President of Finance. His extensive experience in the agriculture industry includes serving as financial manager and division controller for Bayer’s Animal Health and Crop Protection divisions, as well as Vice President of Strategic Planning. His 24-year career with Bayer included serving on the Kansas City Foreign Trade Sub-Zone Board, as treasurer and board member of the Gustafson Seed Treatment Investment, as treasurer of the investment for genetics research with GenOptera, as treasurer of the investment in Bayer Advanced, and as U.S. representative for investment activities in start-up technologies. After Bayer, he served as international controller for Great Plains Manufacturing and as managing director of Great Plains-United Kingdom, managing the Western European operations while stationed in Sleaford, England. He also served as the President and CEO of the American Royal in Kansas City. Jim graduated from Kansas State University, cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in business with an accounting emphasis.
Dr. Joseph Zahner, General Counsel, Probiotic Holdings, and Executive Vice President of R&D
Dr. Joseph Zahner is Proviera’s General Counsel where he is responsible for corporate, compliance, intellectual property, and transactional legal matters. He is a seasoned intellectual property attorney and registered patent attorney specializing in life science technology. Prior to joining the company, he was senior counsel at Husch Blackwell LLP, serving as patent counsel to Fortune 100 companies, independent inventors, and technology startups. Joe brings a rare and well-rounded perspective to the biotech legal environment, having served as in-house patent counsel at a major research institution and two major pharmaceutical companies, as a private practice attorney in at a large law firm, and as a founder of three technology startups. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Joe received his law degree from Seton Hall University Law School and his PhD in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from The Johns Hopkins University. He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Missouri and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.