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Our Mission

Using biotechnology to imprint identity onto products, enabling brands to deliver a more secure and sustainable future.

Team

Michael Borg

Co-founder & CEO

Michael is a two-time startup founder and two-time first technical hire, leading to one IPO and two acquisitions. As an entrepreneur and software/data engineer, Michael identified the opportunity to link a physical product to its digital supply chain, and leads Index’s vision to leverage biology for improved supply chain traceability. 

David Singer

Co-founder & VP of Sales

David is an experienced entrepreneur with 15+ years of business development experience, pioneering in markets where the introduction of new technology meets government policy. Leveraging his experience in bringing technologies to international markets, David leads Index’s business development and regulatory strategies. 

Remi Schmaltz

Co-founder & VP of Corporate Development

Remi is a proven ag-business leader with a true entrepreneurial passion; experienced in driving meaningful revenue and value in agriculture including raising capital, structuring strategic partnerships, and building businesses. Recently he led and Co-founded Decisive Farming an industry leading digital agtech company that raised venture funding from McRock Capital, one of Canada's top technology venture funds.  Remi successfully negotiated an exit to TELUS that resulted in Decisive Farming being a founding part of TELUS Agriculture and was awarded the Most Significant Tech Transaction in 2020. Remi actively invests through his fund Koan Capital and mentors start-ups as a CDL Ag Associate, THRIVE mentor, and A100 member.

Alessandra Biz, PhD

Director of Bioengineering

Alessandra is an experienced scientist in the field of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, with a great emphasis in yeast gene editing. She is a Bioprocess Engineer and Biotechnologist, with a Doctorate in Science from the Federal University of Parana, Brazil, and now leads Index’s Bioengineering team. Alessandra is focused on advancing Index’s IP portfolio through research and methodology design, strain engineering and product development.


Anita Ludwar

Director of Special Projects & Innovation

Anita has a strong background in deep tech innovation through the recruitment and management startups spanning multiple industries with the Creative Destruction Lab. She has co-developed multi-million dollar applied research projects in the life sciences sector, and leads the management of innovative projects for Index.

David Nolan

Senior Software Engineer

David has 8+ years of experience in software, building robust solutions in highly regulated industries. At Index, David leads the development of our software projects, including Trailhead.

Zhenhua Xu, PhD

Research Associate

Zhenhua is an experienced scientist in the field of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, with 13+ years of experience conducting research involving genetics and genomics, as well as microbiome DNA barcoding and metagenomics. At Index, Zhenhua is responsible for the research and development of BioTag recall in various use cases.

Advisors

Jeremy Friedberg, PhD

Co-founder and Scientific Advisor

Jeremy is an accomplished scientist, speaker and entrepreneur. He has founded several companies in the health, cultivation and technology space, serving in various senior executive roles. 

Vincent Martin, PhD

Scientific Advisor, Synbio

Prof Martin is a Professor and Concordia University Applied Synthetic Biology Senior Research Chair, as well as the Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology, which is home to Canada’s unique Genome Foundry. In 2003 he co-founded Amyris Inc. with support from a $43M grant from the Gates Foundation, and leverages that experience as Chief Scientific Officer for Concordia’s District 3 Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Phyllis Marquitz, MS, JD

Scientific Advisor, Global Regulatory Affairs

Phyllis is an accomplished Regulatory & Scientific Affairs executive with 15+ years of experience in food and agriculture, consumer packaged goods, and B2B ingredient sectors globally.  She served the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in several roles before entering the private sector, where she has developed horizon scanning capabilities for R&D organizations, advised start-ups, and led regulatory teams within Fortune 500 companies.

Jeffrey Farber, PhD

Scientific Advisor, Food Safety

Dr. Farber worked at Health Canada for a number of years as a research scientist, Research Division Chief, Associate Director and then Director of Microbial Food Safety. His research centered on mycotoxins, Listeria monocytogenes and Cronobacter sakazakii, and played a large role in developing many of the food safety policies that are currently in place at Health Canada.

Cam Vidler

Policy Advisor

Cam is a public policy expert and strategist with over 10 years of experience bridging the gap between business and politics. He was VP of Economic Policy and Innovation at the Business Council of Canada, and headed international affairs at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  

Board Members

Michael Borg

Co-founder & CEO

Michael is a two-time startup founder and two-time first technical hire, leading to one IPO and two acquisitions. As an entrepreneur and software/data engineer, Michael identified the opportunity to link a physical product to its digital supply chain, and leads Index’s vision to leverage biology for improved supply chain traceability. 

Remi Schmaltz

Co-founder & VP of Corporate Development

Remi is a proven ag-business leader with a true entrepreneurial passion; experienced in driving meaningful revenue and value in agriculture including raising capital, structuring strategic partnerships, and building businesses. Recently he led and Co-founded Decisive Farming an industry leading digital agtech company that raised venture funding from McRock Capital, one of Canada's top technology venture funds.  Remi successfully negotiated an exit to TELUS that resulted in Decisive Farming being a founding part of TELUS Agriculture and was awarded the Most Significant Tech Transaction in 2020. Remi actively invests through his fund Koan Capital and mentors start-ups as a CDL Ag Associate, THRIVE mentor, and A100 member.

Micah Siegel, PhD

Board Director

Micah is an active investor in new tech companies through Vanedge Capital, where he is a partner. Micah’s passion is helping missionary entrepreneurs create the “Next Big Thing” in machine learning, enterprise software, scientific instruments and technology businesses that generate complex IP. Several of Micah’s investments had significant exits and received follow on capital from notable funds.