Mark E. Cook

co-founder + CSO


Mark E. Cook received his Ph.D. in poultry nutrition and immunology at Louisiana State University in 1982 and immediately joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) Poultry Science Department (now the Animal Sciences Department). An award-winning professor, his research focused on novel dietary mechanisms to control inflammation and increase animal growth and development. Mark has over 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 40 U.S. patents (approximately 200 worldwide).

In addition, he co-founded four companies and received several awards for his entrepreneurial activity. Mark also chaired the University Committee (executive committee for the senate), Discovery to Product, Vice Chancellor for Research Search and Screen Committee, and was a member of UW’s Research Council. He was a Poultry Science Association (PSA) Fellow, Vice President of the PSA, founding member of the Board of Directors for Advocacy Consortium for Entrepreneurs, and the Co-Chair of the Founding Committee of UW’s Seed Fund.