True product innovation is a team-driven process that combines sound science with extensive, practical industry knowledge. To make a real difference in the marketplace requires more than an effective product line; it requires a management team with practical, on-farm experience and the understanding of how the products provide real value to customers. That’s the Aptimmune Difference.
Aptimmune is led by three seasoned, highly experienced management professionals with combined expertise in animal health sales and marketing, immunology, vaccine manufacturing, regulatory compliance, and swine production.
Aaron Gilbertie, President and CEO.
Mr. Gilbertie has 15 years of swine health sales and marketing experience and is former president of Four Star Animal Health, Inc. A demonstrated industry innovator, he has extensive experience in third-party vaccine manufacturing management, market research, KAM and pipeline/portfolio management.
Federico Zuckermann, PhD, Founder and Chief Science Officer.
Dr. Zuckermann is professor of immunology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois and has 25 years of experience and research of the pig’s immune system, including 12 years of PRRS research. He is author of 21 publications and articles on the immune response of swine to PRRS virus.
Steve Berger, Development Director.
Mr. Berger has 30 years of USDA-CVB regulated biologics experience in the development and manufacturing of viral and bacterial vaccines with leading animal health companies including Merial, Medgene and others. At Aptimmune, he leads the product development team and proprietary technology transfer activities.
Board of Directors
The Aptimmune board of directors consists of 7 members that include Aaron Gilbertie and Federico Zuckermann, with the addition of highly regarded scientists and business leaders.
Robert Nordgren, PhD., Chairman of the Board
Dr. Nordgren has played a significant role in research and development for numerous prestigious animal health companies resulting in the registration of more than 80 products over the past 32 years. He received his master of science in veterinary parasitology and his doctorate in veterinary immunology from Texas A&M University, which led him to his career in product research and development (R&D).
Working with pharmaceutical powerhouses such as Merial and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmetica, Inc., he was responsible for developing and implementing processes for vaccine innovation and expansion to domestic and global markets. He also served as a principal member of numerous veterinary education committees including the USDA and DHS advisory boards for veterinary public health needs.
Paul Olivo, M.D., PhD
Dr. Olivo has over twenty years of experience as an executive in the biotechlogy industry.
In 2000 Dr. Olivo was named President and CSO of Apath, LLC. He was instrumental in the effort to license the company’s key hepatitis C virus patents. He also led the development of a novel technology to develop antiviral drugs. Dr. Olivo is the former Senior Medical Director of Quidel, a medical diagnostic device company. He is Managing Director of Common Place Holdings, and presently focuses on the promotion of start-up companies in the life sciences.
Robert Easter, PhD
Dr. Easter joined the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences faculty, serving as a professor, research scientist, the Head of the Animal Sciences Department and later went on to serve as Dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Services.
In 2006 President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Easter to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and in 2007 was appointed chair of BIFAD. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Animal Science and a recipient of the society’s non-ruminant research award.
Mr. Wilhelm has more than 40 years of experience as an executive in the finance industry, an entrepreneur, and angel investor. Currently, he is a partner at Wilhelm & Wilhelm, LLC., an accounting firm he co-founded in 1971 in St. Louis, Mo. His role in the business includes serving as an active CPA and as a tax business consultant for numerous regional businesses.
In 1997, Mr. Wilhelm co-founded and was named the CFO of Environmental Restoration, LLC. (ER), a provider of cost effective hazardous waste material management and removal services. ER is the USEPA’s largest provider of environmental emergency response services, responsible for eight EPA regions as a prime contractor and has more than 500 employees split between 25 locations.
Mr. Wilhelm is an active investor in multiple start-up companies across the country including Aptimmune in which he represents more than $2 million in funding.
Andy Wuethrich, Key Account Manager
Andy has more than 23 years of experience in agriculture, split between animal health and grain merchandising. Prior to joining Aptimmune, he worked for several animal health companies, including Elanco Animal Health. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Purdue University.
Brian Konz, Key Account Manager
Brian was a professional key account manager for Novartis/Elanco Animal Health before joining Aptimmune. For the past 11 years, he was responsible for the sales of all swine products to Elanco’s key accounts and large veterinary swine practices in the upper Midwest. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.
Andy Smythe, Key Account Manager
Andy has worked the past two years for Novartis/Elanco Animal Health as a senior executive sales representative. He also has account management experience with Novartis Animal Health and PIC USA. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pre-veterinary medicine from West Virginia University.
Jessica Seate, Professional Services Veterinarian
Prior to joining Aptimmune, Jessica worked for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., as a swine technical manager in their marketing department in St. Joseph, MO. She also worked as a veterinarian for Smithfield Foods, where she was responsible for 50,000 sows and all the downstream production. Seate obtained her veterinary degree from Michigan State University.