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OUR TEAM

MEET THE RYP LABS TEAM.

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Moody Soliman

MS / MBA
FOUNDER / CEO

Experienced entrepreneur and startup founder with more than 15 years of experience in the Medical Device, Biotech and AgTech industries. Previous leadership roles included the product launch and commercialization for a Biotech start-up, the manufacturing of a Class III interventional cardiology medical device, and the introduction of a 510(k) neurological medical device. Moody has a passion for delivering products that ultimately improve people’s health, safety and quality of life.

Patrick Van Dijck

PhD
CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER

An expert in molecular microbiology, Patrick has received international recognition for his research on signal transduction pathways and fungal biofilms, as well as for his development of unique novel tools. For StixFresh, he has created a robust testing platform to gauge our formulation’s effectiveness. As Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), Patrick leads all current and future R&D efforts.

Michelle Holtappels

PhD
R&D MANAGER

Postdoctoral Research Fellow with more than nine years of experience in the field of microbiology with deep expertise in fungal pathogens and fruit-microbe interactions.

Ben Jones

MS
MATERIAL SCIENTIST

Holds a Master’s Degree in Material Science and Engineering with more than nine years of experience in interface and surfactant chemistry and biomaterials design.

Steve Hulteng

MME / PE
COO / CO-FOUNDER

A veteran in the engineering and operational roles in aerospace, medtech and biotech industries, Steve knows the ins and outs of starting up and successfully leading diverse, technical teams to design, manufacture, and launch new products for commercial distribution. With a strong background in problem solving, Steve implements a system-based approach with his teams to plan, execute, and monitor progress toward an end goal.

Ozgur Yildirim

PhD
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Ozgur is an accomplished innovation leader with more than 20 years of experience in global organizations including Hewlett Packard (HP) and Intellectual Ventures. He led the successful launch of more than 20 technology development projects with promising global product and market applications. He is driven to pioneer highly cross functional initiatives at the intersection of science, engineering and business.

Nuria Buxons Vives

MS
LAB TECHNICIAN

Holds a Master’s Degree in Advanced Microbiology with more than four years of experience. Previous experience includes antimicrobial therapies.

Francesca Caruccio

MS
LAB TECHNICIAN

Holds a Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology with more than five years of experience in physico-chemical and microbiological analysis.

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