Brent has taken two start-up technologies to commercialization (3 total products), both of which were subsequently acquired by large multi-national corporations. From 2008 until 2016, Brent worked as the fermentation lead for Pasteuria Bioscience, LLC, a company producing biological control products targeting plant-parasitic nematodes. He continued to develop the Pasteuria project through Pasteuria Bioscience’s acquisition by Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC in 2012. The 17 years prior to 2008 was involved in the development of biofuels technology; after a series of recapitalizations (and names), Verenium was ultimately acquired by BP Biofuels. During his time with Verenium, Brent also received a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Microbiology and Cell Science. Brent is a longtime resident of Gainesville, FL and father of two children, ages 17 and 13.
Nick grew up trying to escape from hot, humid weather, but to date has had no luck. He continually moved south pursuing degrees. He completed his B.S. at the University of North Alabama in 2007, M.S. in plant pathology at Auburn University, and Ph.D. in the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida in 2012. After a grueling five years evaluating novel methods of PPN identification, Nick began working on biological control as a postdoc with the Pasteuria Bioscience, LLC group in 2013 after its acquisition by Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC. Later that same year, he was hired by the Syngenta/Pasteuria site in Alachua, FL as a researcher developing biological assays with soybean cyst nematodes. Nick worked at the Alachua site until its closure in April, 2016, an event that triggered the formation of the NSA with colleague Brent wood.