Meet the Team

Our multidisciplinary team includes best-in-class geneticists, computer scientists and bioinformatic specialists.

Our Scientists

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Glen Borchert, PhD
Chief Geneticist

Dr. Borchert is Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Genetics from the University of Iowa, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked under Dr. Jennifer Doudna, inventor of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. Dr. Borchert’s lab has published more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals and received numerous awards. In 2014, the Genetic Mechanisms Cluster of the National Science Foundation named Dr. Borchert a NSF CAREER Investigator - the most prestigious honor bestowed by the NSF.

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C. Michael Francis, PhD
Chief Science Officer

Dr. Francis is Assistant Professor of Physiology and Cell Biology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and Center for Lung Biology. Dr. Francis is an experienced research scientist with extensive knowledge of genomics, biophysics, and computational analytics, receiving ~$1M in grant funding. Dr. Francis received a B.Sc in Physics from Auburn University and a PhD in Physiology from the University of South Alabama.

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Nick Ainslie, MSc
VP, Business Development

Nick began his career in biology studying algae with the goal of monitoring water quality and ecosystem health of the wild waterways of California. His research interests focused mainly on gene regulation in relation to seasonal cycles in their ecosystems. In 2016, he transitioned into a consulting role for a number of entities which operate internationally in the health, sustainability, and green and novel technology spaces in the US, EU, Israel, and China. To date he has spearheaded many meaningful projects globally in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, environmental, agricultural technology, and policy arenas. This includes working closely with governments, funds, and companies in his areas of interest.

Business Leadership

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Samuel E. Proctor
Chief Executive Officer

Sam is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GTR. Sam was previously an attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City, where he focused his practice on complex financial services regulation. Sam holds a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BSE from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a Joseph Wharton Scholar.

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Damian Kassack
Chief Revenue Officer

Damian focuses on business development, sales, marketing, pricing and customer success. He was previously a Managing Director in Accenture's strategy practice leading digital transformation initiatives across financial services. Damian received an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business, and a BS in Business Administration from University of Richmond with a minor in Japanese.

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Dimitri Samaratunga
Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Samaratunga completed his B.A. in Biological Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and a D.M.D. from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine, where he received the award for achievements in Biological Sciences in his graduating class.

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Peter McKinney
Chief Technology Officer

Peter McKinney oversees all technology-related initiative at the firm. He is an experienced full stack developer currently working in the microsoft .NET ecosystem with a specialization in Angular front-end development. Peter has worked previously as a software consultant primarily focused on automation of business processes through full stack development. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, with concentrations in AI, Linux System Administration, and Embedded Systems from the University of West Florida.

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