PhenoXpress offers low-cost genetic testing services to cultivation facilities. One of the major advantages of using our service is that our point of grow testing allows on-site screening for genetic traits and fungal infection while they are still in the seedling tray. Another important feature is that we do not require to use major expensive laboratory equipment. Therefore, we provide affordable testing and same day results to help our customers predict, prevent and eliminate major crop problems in the future.
Today cultivators are forced to deal with the lack of access to upstream testing on their plants. There is an immense amount of pressure on cultivators to implement preventative maintenance into their operations, which allows their plants to reach the final phase of production. We aim to provide the necessary tools to screen for harmful plant contaminants as well as screen for desirable traits.
Meet the Team
Wendell Orphe, Scientist and Founder
Wendell has over a decade of experience in molecular biology, research, and assay development. He has spent his career developing and utilizing DNA sequencing technologies in research and clinical markets. His passion for cannabis research and science lead him to successfully develop robust PCR assays that detect microbial on plants based on specificity and sensitivity.
He also has expertise in DNA extraction, high throughput automation, and next generation DNA sequencing. His work has resulted in peer reviewed publications and scientific conference presentations. He is a creative thinker, meticulous researcher, and continuously demonstrates the ability to solve problems by applying innovative solutions with cost-effective protocols. These skills along with his focus on providing exceptional customer service is the core of his company PhenoXpress.
Amire Zare, Co-founder and Advisor
Amir is a demonstrated leader with extensive program and product management experience in consumer tech and highly-regulated biotech environments with a passion for creating solutions and building products. He serves as a business development advisor for PhenoXpress.
Michael Bourque, Technology & Design Engineering AdvisorWith over 35 years of industrial design, manufacturing, and software development experience, Michael brings a tremendous amount of product development experience to PhenoXpress. Michael supports the development, design, and technical aspects of the PhenoXpress platform of products and intellectual property. Prior to this, Michael was Vice President at PTC, a $1.3B global software company near Boston. He was also the inventor, co-founder, and CIO of a cannabis technology startup which raised $7.5M and launched the product two years later. Michael is also an expert in additive manufacturing having developed technologies to help the industry advance and scale with 3d printing.
Ken Laccitello, Regional Sales Associate
In his 15 years of B2B sales experience Ken has consistently proven to be effective in driving sales and revenue in the telecom industry. Now, he’s taking a stab at the cannabis market and has already proven to be a valuable asset to the team.
His long term success in finding the right solution in both small and mid size markets has given him a unique capability in securing long lasting business relationships and customer loyalty. Ken’s responsibilities are to grow the business by leading PhenoXpress customers to the right testing solutions while managing existing relationships.