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About the President and Founder

TOMMr. Thomas Yezzi
President and Founder

Mr. Thomas Yezzi has over 20 years’ experience in the food ingredient and biotech industry, and has developed a broad network of venture partners, investors, and research scientists. His entrepreneurial focus has been on start-up and early stage companies. He is currently the President and Founder of Nu-Tek Products, a business incubator for wellness foods and life sciences ventures. He also serves as the President of two portfolio companies, Nu-Tek BioSciences and Nu-Tek Fibers.

Mr. Yezzi was a co-founder of Nu-Tek Salt. He served as President through the start-up and commercialization phases of the Company. His efforts contributed to sizeable funding from large VC’s such as Khosla Ventures.

Mr. Yezzi has also held senior management positions in Operations, Business Development, and Process Development. He was the Vice President of Operations at Protient, Inc., a value-added food ingredient company focusing on the fractionation and purification of milk, whey, and soy proteins. He helped build Protient into a successful food ingredient business using venture capital seed/start-up money. The company was sold in 2005 to one of Europe’s largest food companies. From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Yezzi was Director of Process and Product Development at Northern Food & Dairy, Inc., A SunOpta Company. He managed and generated new business in the nutraceutical, soy, and dairy industries. Tom successfully led many projects from the lab into commercial production. The company focused on custom/toll processing for large food companies such as Novartis, Dupont, Quaker Oats, Taiyo, White Wave, and Westbrae.

Mr. Yezzi holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Food Science from the University of Minnesota. His focus and research was in the areas of food and industrial microbiology.