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Once Innovations

To develop proprietary, production enhancing, lighting technology which can help the world produce more food at lower costs.

  • Stage $3M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Other
  • Location Plymouth, MN, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2008
  • Employees 17
  • Website

Company Summary

Once is pioneering the Science of Lighting in the Agricultural Markets. For the Poultry/Swine/Aquaculture markets, where ONCE branded products are sold directly to farmers and distributors, ONCE has developed a suite of specialized lighting technologies, built around direct AC technology. To help fund its R&D programs, ONCE will also license its technology to General Illumination companies with well-established global market positions.


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    Zdenko Grajcar
    Founder, CTO, CEO

    Zdenko is a recognized leader in LED innovation throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. Lumificient Corporation, founded by Zdenko in 1999 and one of the first companies to apply LED technology to General Illumination, was sold to Nexxus in 2007. Mr. Grajcar holds a degree in physics from Comenius University in Slovakia.

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    Brian Wilcox

    Prior to Joining ONCE Mr. Wilcox was the VP of North America for Seoul Semiconductor. In his four years at Soul he grew the organization’s revenue by 700% and increased market share to 4.5%. Mr. Wilcox has also held positions in management, sales, and marketing at Philips Lumileds Lighting, Arrow Electronics, Wyle Electronics and Texas Instruments. Mr. Wilcox has a law degree from Chapman University School of Law and a BSEE from Texas A&M Uni

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    Peter Zugschwert
    Chief Financial Officer

    Peter is an experienced Early Stage financial leader. He has over 15 years of experience supporting the rapid growth of small companies. He has worked in wholesale, retail, hardware, software, and financial service settings. His MBA is from the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business.

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    Josef Hoffman
    General Counsel

    Josef is an experienced patent lawyer by training, having come to ONCE from the Zarly Law Firm in Des Moines. In addition to servicing as Corporate Secretary, Mr. Hoffman leads the day to day patent preparation, in collaboration with McDermott Will and Emery in Washington.

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    Julie DeLabbio
    Director of Biological Research and Development

    Julie is a highly experienced researcher in aquaculture. With multiple advanced degrees, Julie is well connected globally in the academic and commercial elements of the fin-fish, shrimp, and shellfish markets.


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    Kevin Spreng – Fredrikson & Byron Minneapolis,
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