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Arcadia Biosciences Inc (RKDA.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Kevin Comcowich

49 2017 Chairman of the Board

Rajendra Ketkar

62 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Steven Brandwein

60 2015 Interim Chief Financial Officer

Donald Emlay

73 2004 Vice President - Regulatory Affairs and Compliance

Zhongjin Lu

2010 Vice President - Product Development

Peter Gajdos

32 2014 Director

Eric Rey

2017 Director

Gregory Waller

67 2017 Director

Amy Yoder

50 2017 Director

Uday Garg

36 2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Kevin Comcowich

Mr. Kevin J. Comcowich is Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Comcowich most recently served as the chief executive officer and portfolio manager of HTX Energy Fund in Houston, Texas. He was previously the president and chief investment officer (CIO) of Sound Energy Partners and served as CIO and research analyst for Southport Energy Plus Partners Fund. Mr. Comcowich received his MBA from the University of Indiana and earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross.

Rajendra Ketkar

Mr. Rajendra Dinkar Ketkar is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He brings nearly 35 years of agriculture and agricultural biotechnology business experience in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Ketkar spent more than 30 years in a variety of business, operations, and strategy roles for Monsanto Company, during which time he demonstrated successes in agricultural trait commercialization and growth around the globe. As joint managing director of Mahyco-Monsanto Biotech Ltd. in India, Mr. Ketkar led the launch of Bt cotton, the country’s first agricultural biotechnology product. In addition to his operations and trait commercialization experience, Mr. Ketkar served as director of biotechnology strategy for Monsanto, where he led the development of the company’s trait stacking technology from 2009 to 2012. From January 2013 until his current appointment, Mr. Ketkar served as the principal consultant of RDK Global Consulting LLC, a U.S.-based firm specializing in working with companies in the U.S. and Asia. Mr. Ketkar has a bachelor of technology degree in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and an MBA from University of New Orleans.

Steven Brandwein

Mr. Steven F. Brandwein is Interim Chief Financial Officer of the Company., effective October 16, 2015. He was Vice President of Finance and Administration at Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. since September 2002 and as our Treasurer since June 2014. He previously served as our Secretary from September 2002 until June 2014. Mr. Brandwein has more than 30 years of business, operations and international finance experience in agricultural biotechnology and a range of other industries. Prior to joining us, Mr. Brandwein served as CFO for Rulebase, Inc., an early-stage software company, where he led the finance, accounting, and human resources functions. Before joining Rulebase, Mr. Brandwein spent more than 10 years as an executive with Dial Corporation, including seven years based in London as the Controller for the company's European finance subsidiaries, and three years as an excise tax auditor with the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Mr. Brandwein holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Donald Emlay

Mr. Don Emlay is Vice President - Regulatory Affairs and Compliance at Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. since June 2004. Mr. Emlay has nearly 40 years of regulatory experience with consumer, industrial, and transgenic plant products. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Emlay was an independent consultant and provided counsel in the areas of research, product development, production, and regulatory procedures. Before his work as a consultant, Mr. Emlay served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs with Calgene Inc. for 13 years, including three years with Monsanto Company following its acquisition of Calgene. Prior to Calgene and Monsanto, Mr. Emlay worked with Zoecon where he worked exclusively with the EPA in obtaining approvals for the first insect growth regulators to be registered for homeowner and pest control applications. Mr. Emlay holds a B.S. in Entomology from San Jose State University.

Zhongjin Lu

Dr. Zhongjin Lu, Ph.D. is Vice President - Product Development of the company. since May 2010. He previously served as our Director of Product Development and Plant Breeding since our inception. Lu has 30 years of experience in agronomy, crop genetics and breeding, plant physiology, and agricultural biotechnology. Prior to joining our company, Dr. Lu was the Director of Plant Breeding and Senior Scientist at Seaphire International, Inc., a seawater-based agricultural company in Arizona. Before his work with Seaphire, Dr. Lu worked for Monsanto Company where he was responsible for the project of salicornia genetic improvement for saline agriculture. Prior to Monsanto Company, Dr. Lu was associated with the Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Lu holds an M.S. in Plant Genetics and Breeding from Nanjing Agricultural University, China, and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Technion—Israel Institute of Technology.

Peter Gajdos

Mr. Peter Gajdos is Director of the company. since May 2014. Since November 2014, Mr. Gajdos has served as a managing director and portfolio manager at Presidio Partners, a venture capital investment firm. From July 2013 to November 2014, Mr. Gajdos served as a managing director and portfolio manager at CMEA Capital, a venture capital investment firm. He co-founded AgoraSol LLC, a solar development company, in March 2013 and had an active role at the company from March 2013 until June 2013. From September 2012 to December 2012, Mr. Gajdos was a consultant at Silver Lake Kraftwerk, a technology investment firm. From June 2012 to August 2012, he was an intern at Warburg Pincus, a private equity investment firm. From April 2007 to July 2011, Mr. Gajdos worked as an associate at the Virgin Green Fund, a private equity investment firm. He has served as a director of CNano Technology Limited since August 2013. Mr. Gajdos served on the board of Reel Solar Inc. from September 2013 until its acquisition in April 2014. He holds a B.A. in International Business and Finance from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. We believe that Mr. Gajdos is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors because of his extensive experience in the venture capital industry and his knowledge of technology companies. Pursuant to Presidio Partners policy, Mr. Gajdos has notified us that he plans to resign from our board of directors prior to the initial public offering.

Eric Rey

Mr. Eric J. Rey is Director of Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. He has managed agricultural research, product development, and commercialization programs for more than 30 years, most of which have focused specifically on food, feed, and industrial products from agricultural biotechnology. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Rey worked as a partner with the Rockridge Group, a management consulting firm focused on the agricultural biotechnology industry. While at Rockridge, Mr. Rey managed the development of strategic partnerships for early-stage companies developing genomic, biopharmaceutical, nutraceutical, crop protection, animal nutrition and health, alternative crop, and industrial products. Prior to his work with Rockridge, Mr. Rey served as Vice President of Operations with Calgene Inc. for 17 years, including two years with Monsanto Company following its acquisition of Calgene. During his 17 years at Calgene and Monsanto, he was responsible for the establishment and management of the company's operational, product development, and agricultural infrastructure. Mr. Rey holds a B.S. in Plant Science from the University of California.

Gregory Waller

Mr. Gregory (Greg) D. Waller is Director of the company. He is the former chief financial officer (CFO) of Ulthera Corporation, a privately-held company providing ultrasound technology for aesthetic and medical applications, which was acquired by Merz North America in 2014. Previously, Waller was CFO of Universal Building Products and Sybron Dental Specialties, Inc., and vice president and treasurer of Kerr, Ormco Corporation, and Metrex. Waller has an MBA with a concentration in accounting from California State University, Fullerton. He has extensive experience serving on the boards of public companies and currently serves as a director for Sunshine Heart and Endologix Corporation.

Amy Yoder

Ms. Amy J. Yoder serves as Director of the Company. Yoder is president and CEO of Anuvia Plant Nutrients, a company that creates enhanced plant nutrition products from recycled organic waste sources. She is the former president and CEO of Arysta Life Science and has held a variety of senior sales, marketing and executive positions with companies throughout the agricultural and related industries, including Spectrum Brands, BioLab and United Agri Products. Yoder received a bachelor's degree in agricultural technology and systems management from Michigan State University, with an emphasis in crop and soil science. Yoder has served on boards of various agricultural associations and universities and was recognized as Atlanta's "Business Woman to Watch" in 2007. She currently serves as a director for Compass Minerals International and Vive Crop Protection.

Uday Garg

Mr. Uday Garg is Independent Director if the company. He has served as a director of our company since June 2014. Mr. Garg founded Mandala Capital, a private equity fund, in 2008 and has served as managing director and a director since its inception. As part of his duties at Mandala, Mr. Garg serves on the boards of various Mandala portfolio companies and affiliated investment vehicles. Previously, Mr. Garg was a portfolio manager at Duet Group, Altima Partners, and Amaranth Advisors. He began his career as an investment banker in the corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions department of Deutsche Bank. He holds a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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