Exemplar Genetics, LLC

Pig models of human diseases for researchers to more effectively test their novel drug, device, therapy or cure.

  • Stage $3M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Biotechnology
  • Location Sioux Center, IA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded July 2008
  • Employees 22
  • Website exemplargenetics.com

Company Summary

Exemplar Genetics will enable discovery of life threatening human diseases through the creation of pig models. These models will allow drug and device companies and leading-edge researchers to test the newest drugs, devices and therapies. Exemplar has successfully created models for research in cardiovascular, cancer, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and some rare diseases. Better models should improve translational research outcomes.


  • John Swart

    Dr. Swart brings twelve years of experience in research and development, regulatory affairs, quality assurance and aoperation management to the business after working in several capacities for the glabal animal health business of Boehringer Ingelheim

  • Ron Fedders
    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Fedders has over fifteen years of experience in financial planning for companies such as Boehringer Ingelheim, Wells Blue Bunny, and TOG and currently serves as the CFO for Exemplar Genetics.

  • Brian Dacken
    manager Regulatory Affairs & Clinical Research

    Mr. Dacken spent 8+ years managing transgenic pigs for TOG. He is experienced in animal husbandry, USDA animal welfare, GCP/GLP record keeping and biosecurity.

  • Christopher Rogers
    Director of Research & Development

    Prior to joining Exemplar Genetics, Dr. Rogers was a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Michael Welsh at the HHMI/University of Iowa and while there, led the development of the porcine models of cystic fibrosis.

  • Troy Arends
    Director Business Development

    Mr. Arends spent more than 10 years in the high tech communication industry. During that time he managed a team of service and technical representatives that assisted his efforts to provide leading edge technology to Fortune 500 companies in the Midwest. Mr. Arends then served as President of Berkridge Pork, a start-up specialty pork venture. At Berkridge he developed a brand, and established sales, service and distribution networks to service

  • Marshall Thomas Zerse
    Director Veterinary Services

    Before joining Exemplar Genetics, Dr. Zerse worked as the Pharmacovigilance Manager for Intervet, was the Director of Operations for Lychron, a preclinical contract research organization, and spent time as a private practice veterinarian. Dr. Zerse brings surgical experience, strong working knowledge of GLP, AAALAC, USDA, and FDA standards and regulations, and strong leadership skills to the organization.

  • Todd Honkomp
    Manager Biomedical Pig Production

    Mr. Honkomp has managed several commercial pig production systems over the past ten years. His experiences including all aspects of animal husbandry including breeding, farrowing, nursery, finishing and general facility design and management.


  • Mike Blaser Brown & Winick
    Frost PLLC

Previous Investors

  • Transova Genetics
    Dale Den Herder

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