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Our Team

Dr. J. Bruce Wicking - President and CEO

Dr. Wicking is a founding shareholder and director of the Company and has served as President since incorporation. Bruce has more than 45 years of experience in management, banking, agriculture and industry. From 1984 to 1991, he held a variety of positions with Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Limited, including: Group Manager, Strategic Planning; Associate Director Investment Banking and Chief Manager, Special Projects. In 1991 Bruce was appointed Managing Director of Dalgety Farmers Limited, a 150 year old Australian based global service provider with a staff of 2000 people, specializing in marketing services, finance, value added wool and beef cattle, global sales and marketing operations. Subsequently, Bruce has acted as a consultant to individuals and businesses in the expansion and restructuring of agricultural-focused activities in Australia, Argentina, and the United States. Dr. Wicking holds a Ph.D. from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.

Kathy Petersen - CFO

Ms. Petersen is a founding shareholder and director of the Company and has served as the Company’s Secretary and Treasurer since incorporation. Kathy has been the financial Controller of both animal feed manufacturing facilities and Nutraceutical marketing companies since 1996 and is responsible for the financial management of Cura Global Health, Inc. Kathy is a CPA and received a BS degree from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, IA.

Yilin Bian - VP Research and Development

Yilin worked as a scientist in the Center for Crops Utilization Research at Iowa State University for more than 15 years. Yilin has extensive knowledge in corn and soybean processing. Her experience includes chemical and food analysis, pilot plant operations, laboratory setup and management, and product development. During her tenure at ISU, Yilin collaborated with many industrial partners including West Central and Genencor Inc. Yilin is working on developing and testing new products. Yilin is the supervisor for the laboratory in Ames and continues collaborating and coordinating product testing with other research and commercial laboratories. Yilin graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1993 with an MS degree in Food Science.

Dr. Anbin Pu - VP Production and Commercialization

Dr. Pu worked as a postdoctoral research associate scientist in the Centre for Crops Utilization Research at ISU from 2002 until 2004. Anbin worked on corn and soybean processes and is very experienced in chemical and food analysis, pilot plant operations, laboratory set-up and product development. Anbin also has over seven years of industrial experience in the design of production facilities in China. Anbin was an Associate Professor at the Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China and holds a Ph.D. in Engineering.

Dr. Zoraida DeFreitas - VP Marketing and Sales

Dr. DeFreitas is an accomplished business executive with 20+ years of experience providing strategic and technical leadership to the food and dietary supplement ingredient industries. Zoraida has a Ph.D. in Food Science and Human Nutrition and Animal Science and a M.S. in Food Technology, both from Iowa State University. For the last four years, Zoraida has worked with Cura to establish and implement business, marketing, scientific and regulatory strategies for the commercialization of koji fermented minerals. She is also the President of DeFreitas Nutrition, a consulting company that provides product innovation and commercialization expertise to Nutraceutical and Functional Food companies. Previously, Zoraida was at Kemin Health for about 12 years where she had several roles including VP of Research and Development.