Born in the field.
Jord BioScience blends science, operational excellence and commercialization experience to deliver custom microbial solutions for the world’s leading ag companies.
The company was created to translate nearly four decades of basic and applied research to real-world applications and bring to life the values of protecting and sustaining our Earth. Dr. Linda Kinkel and her team of University of Minnesota researchers systematically collected thousands of unique soil microbes from diverse crop systems, prairie and forest habitats from around the world to understand the interactions among soil microbes that influence plant productivity.
What they discovered, tested and validated is the ability of certain microbial interactions to specifically enhance other beneficial bacteria in the soil to help protect, stimulate and feed a wide range of plants, boosting plant productivity. Today, Jord BioScience’s proprietary technology and custom formulations are available to commercialize and incorporate with products in the market to extend lifecycle or in development to enhance crop performance, drive more consistent results and expand market adoption.
Dr. Linda Kinkel begins research the University of Minnesota.
First comprehensive collection and phenotypic characterization of Minnesota suppressive soil populations.
Expanded collection to diverse croppings systems.
Initiated global microbial collection.
Company commercialization and outside investment begins.
Jord BioScience finalized technology license from University of Minnesota.
Jord BioScience opens and establishes field tests across eight states on potato, soybean and alfalfa crops.
Jord BioScience expands commercial development relationships.
Dr. Linda Kinkel
Chief Science Officer & Board of Directors
Dr. Kinkel is the founder of Jord BioScience, built on the findings and applied insights of her breakthrough research at the University of Minnesota. She leads our development work to create technologies that provide customizable improved performance and consistency for today’s global agriculture leaders. After 30 years of research and countless research grants dedicated to improving agriculture, she realized her work would have little impact on growers in the real world without taking the leap to commercialization. Today, the growing Jord BioScience team fulfills her vision of creating a more sustainable world.
Executive Chairman, President & CEO
Kip is leading the commercial aspects of Jord BioScience. He grew up on a farm in Champaign County, Illinois and works in the family business of helping feed the world. He has led four companies with teams as large as 800 people in public, private and emerging sectors. His focus has always been on bringing new technology solutions to the market that create value. Having been a part of more than 30 mergers and acquisitions he understands how to build and scale a strong value-driven organization to meet the mission-critical needs of Agriculture and Food.
Board of Directors and Advisors
Dr. Peter Innes
Board of Directors
Peter has more than 35 years of experience in the agribusiness and biotechnology industries. Innes started his career in plant breeding and has rich experience bringing impactful biological solutions to market. Previously, Peter served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Becker Underwood, Inc., which was acquired by BASF in 2012. Peter has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including currently serving on the Board of Indigo Agriculture.
Board of Directors
Erik Torgerson has over 30 years of financial and investment industry experience. He is very active as a private investor and works closely with management teams to successfully execute their strategic growth plans and assist them with capital formation, strategic planning, and acquisitions. Erik is a former partner and senior advisor at Norwest Equity Partners (NEP) in Minneapolis, Minn. He joined NEP in 1993 and over the course of his career focused on growth financings, recapitalizations, and management buyouts in the agriculture, distribution, manufacturing, and communications industries across North America, Latin America, and Europe. At NEP, Erik was on the board of Becker Underwood. Erik currently serves as chairman of the board of Sentera LLC and Pure Archery (a NEP portfolio company), and as a director of Native Microbials, Inc., Jord Biosciences, Discovery Capital Advisory Board, as a trustee of the University of Minnesota Foundation, and is a member of the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business Advisory Board and the Tippie Society.
Russ heads up the Technology Commercialization Venture Center team, which is responsible for leading the formation and launch of new companies based on a broad range of technologies coming out of the research enterprise at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Mike Smanski
Science Advisory Board
As an associate professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics and the BioTechnology Institute, Mike is currently developing technologies to engineer biology in ways that address challenges in medicine, agriculture and the environment. Mike is also the Deputy CTO for BioMADE, a USA Manufacturing Innovation Institute focused on accelerating the commercialization of new bio-industrial manufacturing technologies.
Dr. Will Harcombe
Science Advisory Board
Will is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and the BioTechnology Institute. He is integrating systems biology and evolutionary ecology to develop tools to understand, predict and manage complex microbial communities. He has developed novel methods of genome-scale metabolic modeling and high throughput microbial experimentation to quantitatively understand the dynamics of microbial systems.
Dr. Daryl Gohl
Science Advisory Board
Daryl leads the University of Minnesota Genomics Center’s Innovation Lab. His research has focused on developing novel tools and technologies for answering biological questions and improving genomics-based measurements of the microbiome. In addition to his academic work, Daryl was a co-founder and CSO of CoreBiome, Inc. (now Diversigen, Inc.) a microbiome sequencing and analysis company.
Meet The Growing Team of “Jordians”
Dr. Michael Millican
Director of Research & Analytics
Dr. Millican heads our research operations and leads our data processing and analytical developments. Utilizing experience in microbiology, plant pathology, and data science, Michael derives and translates innovations at Jord into the knowledge to transform agriculture.
Research Operations Manager
Wendy oversees our laboratory research and development with a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota. Their previous experience in microbial ecology aids in the evolutionary growth of Jord BioScience.
Sarija has a M.S. in Data Science from the University of St. Thomas. Her passion towards solving problems using machine learning algorithms advances the innovative transformation of raw data into biological and commercial insights.
Tessa has a Master’s Degree in Plant Pathology from Texas A&M University. Growing up on a farm fueled Tessa’s dedication to plant research helping to grow Jord technology from the soil up.
Sara graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. in Biology. Her experience working with Fusarium diseases in soybean provides roots in both plant and laboratory experiments that aids in the growth of Jord’s technology.
Nichole graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.S. in Biology. She has experience in genomics, molecular biology, and evolutionary biology research helps to evolve Jord into the future.
Evelyn graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Biology and experience in soil ecology and plant pathology. Evelyn has a foundation well rooted to contribute to the Jord laboratory research team.
Sean graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Microbiology. Sean brings along with him an experience and a passion for microbial fermentation and supports the growth of Jord’s technology.