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Smart From The Start

Medgene Labs was founded in 2011 and is based in Brookings, South Dakota. The young, ambitious and extremely dedicated company is affiliated with South Dakota Innovation Partners, a venture capital firm with offices in Brookings and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Through its unique RapidxTMdevelopment platform, the visionary team at Medgene Labs has developed a faster, less costly and more efficient method for diagnosing and treating animals with infectious diseases without having to infect the animal. Medgene Labs has also patented a revolutionary air sampling system, the MobileAir Xtractor 400 (MAX400), that is used by producers and researchers to monitor airborne pathogens potentially threatening their operations. The company has several patented and proprietary systems and is actively concentrating on a Rift Valley Fever vaccine, a Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Vaccine and several other animal vaccine products. Our staff is fascinated by innovation, scientific discovery and endless possibilities. We start by thinking smarter, and we never stop.

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Meet Our Team

Our Mission: Making an Impact

In a nutshell, the mission of Medgene Labs is to prevent disease. Through technology, biomedical research and vaccine development, our current focus is preventing the spread and transmission of infectious diseases in food animals (though that's not all we're capable of doing). 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."

The team behind Medgene Labs is an experienced, visionary group of people with a deep interest in the animal health industry, strategic business development and the desire to make a global impact.

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.

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; Tom Overbay, DVM; 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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