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Medgene Labs was founded in 2011 and is based in Brookings, South Dakota.  We're affiliated with South Dakota Innovation Partners, a venture capital firm with offices in Brookings and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Through its proprietary service, ISPrime™,  our visionary team provides a faster, less costly and more efficient method for diagnosing and treating animals with infectious diseases.

As proof of Medgene's dedication and capabilities, in addition to its proprietary approach to developing bacterialogical and viral solutions for animal health, we've also patented a revolutionary air sampling system, the MobileAir Xtractor 400 (MAX400) and used by producers and researchers to monitor airborne pathogens potentially threatening their operations.

We also have several patented and proprietary systems and are using them to concentrate on developing a Rift Valley Fever vaccine, a Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Vaccine and several other animal vaccine products.

Though we're proud of our technical accomplishments, we're ever-mindful that our work is never truly done.  Animal Health, as an industry is constantly evolving.  Our aim is to approach each new day with the same passion that drove yesterday's success!

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Meet Our Team

Our Mission: Making an Impact

In a nutshell, our mission is to prevent animal disease.

Through technology, biomedical research and vaccine development, our work is focused around that mission. The global challenge to protect the world's food supply is critical not only to the health of people and animals but also to the world's economy. By working with the US Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institute of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and others aligned with our mission, Medgene Labs is working hard toward a "mission complete."

Though our team includes the industry's best technicians and analysts, the most commonly met 'faces' are:

Mark Luecke, Chief Executive Officer

  • Executive leadership with start-up and Fortune 500 companies in multiple technology fields.
  • 15 years of business experience in sales, marketing, operations, finance, mergers and acquisitions and investment.
  • Managing Director and CEO of Innovation Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on research commercialization in agriculture, life sciences, and engineering.

Alan Young, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer

  • 20 years of immunology experience with the Basel Institute, University of Toronto, Harvard University and South Dakota State University.
  • Project Leader at the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases.
  • Director of the South Dakota Center of Infectious Disease and Vaccinology.

Thomas Halbur, Vice President of Operations

  • 35 years of experience in the regulatory affairs and the development of veterinary vaccines.
  • Masters of Veterinary Microbiology, South Dakota State University.
  • Former Direct of Research and Development and Regulatory Affairs, Novartis Animal Health.

Sue Lancaster, Director, Business Development

  • Deal sourcing, strategic planning, and partnership development for Medgene Labs and Innovation Partners.
  • Manages all aspects of life science portfolio company operations, including market and technology development, intellectual property, team member recruitment, as well as due diligence on new investment opportunities.
  • Graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering, applying knowledge and experience with advanced life science tools and techniques to the business environment.

Other management and advisors include Hans Draayer; Todd Lahti; Juergen Richt, DVM; and Connie Schmidt, DVM.


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Development Partners

Medgene Labs appreciates partnerships with respected organizations within the animal health industry, including:

  • Expression Systems Inc.
  • Center for Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases
  • Edge Veterinary Vaccines Consulting Group, LLC
  • Kansas State University
  • National Institutes of Health
  • North American Deer Farmers Association
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of South Dakota

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