ParaTechs’ mission is to develop innovative technologies and bring to market novel products to enable discovery and development in the areas of biotechnology. ParaTechs is pursuing partnering opportunities through commercial licensing and collaborative research and development.
ParaTechs Corporation is a privately held Biotechnology company formed in 2004
and is founded on intellectual property from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Bruce Webb
President, Director, Founder
Dr. Webb, co-founder of ParaTechs Corporation, helps set research objectives, obtain financing and optimize company performance. He is the co-inventor on the VE-BEVS patents. Dr. Webb is a professor in the Department of Entomology and was the Director of the Agricultural Biotechnology Program at the University of Kentucky from 2005-2009. His research focuses upon parasites and pathogens of insects that regulate insect development and immunity and he has served as Principal or co-Principal investigator on over $5 million in Federal Research grants. Prior to this he was with the Department of Entomology, Rutgers University and Texas A&M University. Dr. Webb received his PhD in Zoology from the University of Washington. Dr. Webb has served on the editorial board for the Journal of General Virology and review panels for the USDA, EPA and NSF. Dr. Webb is author or co-author of 65 publications and has received the Thomas Poe Cooper Distinguished Research Award and the University of Kentucky Distinguished Research Professor Award. Dr. Webb is currently the Commercialization Executive for the College of Agriculture and the Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the University of Kentucky. His diverse research, teaching and practical contributions were recognized by the University of Kentucky in 2011 when he became a Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor.
Dr. Angelika Fath-Goodin
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Scientific Officer, Founder
Dr. Fath-Goodin, co-founder of ParaTechs Corporation, has exceptional experience in plant and insect molecular biology and has received and managed several USDA:SBIR and NIH:SBIR grants as well as state funding. Dr. Fath-Goodin completed her PhD at the Friedrich Miescher Institute/University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland in Plant Biochemistry and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley before accepting a scientist’s position in the Webb Laboratory in the Entomology Department at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Fath-Goodin has been ParaTechs’ Chief Scientific Officer since 2004 and Chief Executive Officer since 2011.
Dr. Barbara Stone
Senior Research Scientist, Director of NSET Technology
Dr. Barbara Stone received a BS from the University of Illinois in 1988 in Microbiology. She received her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA in 1994 studying microbial virulence factors. Postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of Kentucky also focused on bacterial/host cell interactions for pathogenic bacteria. Dr. Stone joined the ParaTechs team in December 2009 and is currently a senior research scientist and technical advisor for NSET. In addition to performing research and providing training, she is the PI for the NSET research program at ParaTechs and is the chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. She is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, and the International Society for Transgenic Technologies. Read Dr. Barbara Stone's NSET Workshop Bio.
Dr. Kendra Steele
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Kendra Steele received a BS in Biology from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 2003. She received her Ph.D. at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina in 2010 where she studied the oxidative stress response in the biosafety level 3 pathogen Brucella abortus. Postdoctoral training at the University of Kentucky focused on iron metabolism in Haemophilus influenza. Dr. Steele joined the ParaTechs team as a Research Scientist in March of 2012. She has one son named Benjamin, one husband named Scott, one Doberman Pincher named Zora, one three-legged cat named Moss and 4 red-ear slider turtles that share two names but she can only remember one of them at most times.
Dr. Kathy Franklin
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Kathy Franklin has a diverse background in both academic and industrial settings. She completed her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology/Molecular Virology from the University of Kentucky, followed by post-doctoral studies on a virus of grapevine in Bordeaux, France, and on equine influenza virus at the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Franklin spent nine years with BD Biosciences-Transduction Laboratories as an R&D Manager in Molecular Biology, with responsibilities in facilities management, marketing, product development and biological safety. Previous to her position with Paratechs Corporation, Dr. Franklin was a Senior Scientist in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Kentucky, where she investigated the involvement of circadian rhythms in aging and reproduction.
Assistant Research Associate
Alonna Wright is an undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky studying Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology, with minors in Microbiology and Psychology. Alonna is an alumna of The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, where her research career began in 2011, and has worked in three other biological research laboratories prior to joining the ParaTechs team in 2014. In May 2016, she won the 2016 Alltech Young Scientist Award at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference annual global competition in the undergraduate division for her independent research contribution to the nudivirus project (corn earworm control). View the corresponding UKAgNews March 24, 2016 Report & Video and the YouTube video. Along with a monetary prize, Alonna received a fully funded Ph.D. for this award, which she plans to pursue after completing her Bachelor of Science in May 2017. She lives in Lexington with her husband and two cats, and enjoys baking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Esther has worked for ParaTechs since 2008 as a lab technician providing maintenance and quality control of the ParaTechs Vankyrin- Enhanced cell lines. She also contributes to the NSET side of the company by participating in the daily care of the vivarium. Her hobbies include movie watching, birdwatching, hiking and backpacking. She lives in Lexington with her husband, dog and cat.
Margaret (Margo) Landis
VP of Technology Development
Margo received her BA in Organizational & Mass Communications, with Human Psychology emphasis from the University of Kentucky in 1989. She began work in the Biotechnology industry in 1994 as administrative support for CEOs, Scientific Directors, Marketing and Sales. Margo joined the ParaTechs team in February of 2009 combining technical knowledge with sales and marketing skills to help identify, develop and promote the company’s products. She serves the roll of ‘Non-Scientist’ and one of two ‘Designated Review Members’ for ParaTechs’ Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. She is a member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the International Society for Transgenic Technologies. In her time away from work Margo enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.