Our Team
Jonathan Vaught Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Jonathan Vaught is CEO and Founder of Front Range Biosciences™. Previously, he was Director of Assay Development at Velocity Sciences, an IP development company that creates next generation assay technologies for diagnostic applications. He also served as a Senior Product Development Scientist at Beacon Biotechnology, where he led the development of a foodborne pathogen detection platform. Prior to Beacon, Dr. Vaught spent 5 years as a scientist at Somalogic where he helped build and optimize the SOMAscan assay, the world’s largest proteomic based biomarker discovery assay that measures 1000’s of proteins in a single sample. He brings together a diverse background with expertise in organic synthesis, biochemistry, assay development, proteomics, and analytical chemistry. He is an inventor on two patents and an author on 7 publications in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Vaught received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his BS in chemistry from North Carolina State University.
Nick Hofmeister
Chief Financial Officer
Nick Hofmeister is the Founder and CFO of Front Range Biosciences™. Previously, he was the VP of Strategy for Divergent Technologies, which uses 3D metal printing to create light weight, environmentally friendly, flexible complex structures like car chassis. Mr. Hofmeister was a Founder and Director of Operations at Triton Algae Innovations, a biotechnology licensing company, and the Chief of Staff for Sapphire Energy. Prior to Sapphire, Mr. Hofmeister was a management consultant at Bain & Company focused on private equity and a program manager at Microsoft. Mr. Hofmeister has founded 5 technology startups and raised more than $270 million from public and private sources. He has a BS from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Cecilia Zapata
Director of Tissue Culture Production
Dr. Cecilia Zapata is the Director of Tissue Culture Production for Front Range Biosciences™. Previously, she was the laboratory manager at Ball Horticultural, a world leader in plant development and distribution. At Driscoll's, the world’s leading berry company, she lead the tissue culture laboratory and designed and implemented clean stock programs in China and Mexico. Prior to Driscoll’s, Dr. Zapata worked for Syngenta Flowers, Yoder Brother’s, Gallo Winery, and the University of Florida at The Citrus Research and Education Center. She brings over 30 years of experience in tissue culture, plant transformation, and plant production, creating and implementing programs that align tissue culture and clean stock programs to ensure only the highest quality material is produced. Dr. Zapata received her Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Texas A&M University and her Agronomist Engineer degree from University of Viçosa in Brazil.
Christopher Zalewski, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Dr. Christopher Zalewski is Founder and Director of Research of Front Range Biosciences™. Previously, he was the Seed Health Manager for Summit Plants Laboratories, which produces commercial scale plant tissue culture and plant pathology diagnostics for a variety of specialty crops. Prior to his work at Summit, Dr. Zalewski lead a team at Colorado State University which completed a DOE/ARPAe project to engineer sorghum for biofuel applications – a process that required the setup of the only sorghum tissue culture and transformation facility in Colorado. He has also lead projects on novel genetic circuits for synthetic biology applications, genetic engineering of moss and Arabidopsis, artificial microRNAs to explore genetic expression function, and evolutionary analysis to understand the phylogenetics of gene expression and function. He started his career in policy as the Manager of the Food and Agriculture section of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a trade association representing the largest agriculture companies in the world. Dr. Zalewski received his BA in Biology from Wittenberg University, an MPA in Environmental Policy and Economics from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a PhD in Plant Biology from the University of California-Davis.
Scientific Advisory Board
Cristobal Uauy, Ph.D.
Project Leader, John Innes Center.
UC Davis, Ph.D.
Dario Cantu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, UC Davis
UC Davis, Ph.D.
Jason Argyris, Ph.D.
Centre for Research in Ag Genomics
UC Davis, Ph.D.
Todd Jones, Ph.D.
Dir of Ag Research, Dupont Pioneer
UC Davis, Ph.D.;Kellogg MBA
Board of Advisors
Ephraim Lindenbaum
Managing Director, Advance Ventures
Multi-time founder, Board member.
Frank Traylor
Terra Healthcare Labs Founder
Former CEO, VisionTEK.
Lara Sasken
Senior Director of Communications, GoPro
Pepperdine, MBA.
Micah Tapman
Partner, CanopyBoulder
Multiple startup founder.
Michael Dovbish
Exec Director, Nutrition Captial Network
Boston University, MBA.
Andrew Septimus
Private Equity Investor