Meet the EDNA Team

The executives that are driven to change the face of the DNA industry.

EDNA Advisory Board of Directors

Dr. Vanessa Small, Ph.D.

San Diego, California

Joseph Carangelo

San Diego, California

Anthony John Bertelli

New York City

Dr. Joan Bienvenue, Ph.D.

Afton, Virginia

Timothy Smit

Erie Colorado

EDNA Executives

Werner Booysen

Nate Mega

Greg Simpson

Russ Peloquin

Sam Fuller

EDNA Africa, Pty. Ltd.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Seasoned Microsoft Certified Programmer with institutional-grade skills and experience in data security, management and analytics. Founder of EDNA Africa (Pty.) Ltd., EDNA’s field service and operating entity in Africa, the principles of which have a long history of time spent in rural Africa. Their ability to collect DNA based on previous contacts within African villages across the continent is renowned. Trust and reward principles ensure that communication lines are strengthened with every single engagement. EDNA Africa will accommodate essential support like changing a phone number with the said individuals. Language barriers are overcome with translators. With no invasive procedures associated with the medical industry present (drawing blood with needles and others), individuals want to participate without fear or prejudice.

EDNA, Inc.
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

As a lifelong entrepreneur, Nate has always felt that his calling is to serve God via technology that will ultimately positively impact millions and billions of peoples’ lives. He is quicksilver, with clear direction and uncanny intuition. Truly a rare combination of right brain/left brain symbiosis. Nate is constantly developing fresh, compelling ideas that transcend the here-and-now, which spawn exciting new realms of possibility. He is passionate about science, art, innovation, ideation, disruption, the creative process, UI/UX, graphic design, business strategy, branding, philosophy, travel, education, philanthropy and wildlife conservation. Nate is a visionary and entrepreneur through and through. At 14, he invented an automatic transmission for bicycles. At 23, he started a global sticker company while attending University in Montréal where he studied Business. At 27, Nate became Co-Founder and CEO of a global travel souvenir startup. Nate is a deeply spiritual soul who revels in music of all kinds, photography, large-format abstract oil painting, autodidacticism, pets and most importantly family.

EDNA, Inc.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

As a serial entrepreneur and former Senior Principal Engineer at Oracle, Greg’s eclectic career has ranged from nuclear weapons cryptology and military satellite communication systems and enterprise resource planning software architecture and SWAT-Team leadership for the fortune 100s critical systems. Fast-forward to today, where his fascination with the rapidly exploding technologies of both genetics, Web3 and AI provides in his words “… the perfect tool-set to allow us to make a legitimate difference combating personal data abuse and even poverty”.

EDNA, Inc.
Chief Commercial

Russ is a diagnostics and healthcare veteran with more than 20 years of experience in strategy development, commercialization, operations and M&A. He has scaled multiple companies to successful exits as well as being on the buy side within the industry. He is currently running his own boutique life sciences consulting firm focused on helping healthcare and life science start-ups and mid-growth organizations in corporate strategy development, commercialization and scaling. His unique mix of diagnostics, genetics, and executive management within the life science space will be a valuable asset to EDNA.

EDNA, Inc.
Chief Business Development Officer

Experienced Sales and Business Development consultant. With experience working in a variety of industries such as packaging, FX, Staffing and Recruiting, and Military and Government sales. Additional experience includes 14 years of Military service, both as an enlist NCO and Infantry Officer, serving in Airborne, Mechanized, and Mountain Warfare units.

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