Market Segments



Brian Thompson, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer


Brian Thompson received his Ph.D. from Kansas State University before continuing his research in microbiology in his postdoctoral work at the University of Missouri. While at the university, Brian co-discovered key processes that would become the VersaShield® platform technology of Elemental Enzymes. As President and CEO, Brian is focused on growing Elemental Enzymes into a company that can take complex developing technologies from bench to market. He has worked to establish partnerships with key academic and industry partners to identify and validate next-generation solutions for a variety of industries.


Katie Thompson, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer


Katie Thompson studied molecular and cellular biology at the University of Missouri and received her Ph.D., specializing in the characterization of proteins involved in signaling. Katie has performed several key roles at Elemental Enzymes, including running the day-to-day operations, development of the product portfolio and expansion of the innovation pipeline. She has been involved in partnership establishment, project management and research and product development activities.

Ashley Siegel, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research and Development


Ashley Siegel brings a multidisciplinary background to Elemental Enzymes. Ashley has performed extensive research in muscle regeneration, enzymatic optimization and developmental biology. After completing her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri, Ashley was a research fellow at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute. She has experience in oncology modeling, genome editing, cell motility and microbial cell interaction. Ashley joined Elemental Enzymes as a Senior Scientist Adviser, providing input on technology diversification and niche marketing, and has transitioned into the role of VP of Research and Development to focus more on product development, patent writing and product efficacy.

Steve L. Trampe



Steve Trampe is the President of Owen Development Corporation, located in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been involved in the startup of numerous companies, serving in the capacity of principal, director, officer and stockholder in various industries, including cosmetics, fish farming, manufacturing, medical diagnostics, retailing, drug discovery and aerospace. Using experience gained through his involvement with these industries, Steve focuses on business governance, finance and corporate strategy at Elemental Enzymes.

Mel Toellner



Mel is the President of Gold Crest Distributing, located in Mexico, Missouri. He has a background in Agricultural Economics and Marketing and spent 23 years of his career at Purina Mills before starting his own business. While at Purina Mel worked with large dealer and producer accounts across Missouri in various functions including Manager of Dealer Development and Distribution. He now enjoys leading his own family business, which has grown to serve 5,000 retailers with over 18,000 products. Mel brings his business and marketing experiences to support growth at Elemental.


James Zimmer

As an Advisor to Elemental Enzymes, Jim Zimmer’s focus is commercial strategy, sales and marketing. After an 18-year career with Monsanto, he most recently served as CEO for Channel Bio, LLC, a company solely owned by Monsanto.  A native of Neoga, Illinois, Jim grew up on a 700-acre corn, soybean and wheat farm. During his professional career, he has held a variety of sales, marketing, and executive positions throughout the agricultural industry. He has been recognized with numerous honors for his achievements and dedication to support U.S. farmers. Jim continues to work as a strategic advisor for Becks Superior Hybrids and is a member of the Board of Directors for First Mid Illinois Bancshares, Inc.


Martha Schlicher

Martha has advised agriculture and pharmaceutical businesses at the technical-business interface. She has demonstrated record of setting strategies and overseeing implementation in large and small publicly traded companies, start-ups and the non-profit sector. She has over 23 years of direct agricultural and bioenergy experience from previous roles at Monsanto, leadership of the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center and as the head of Technology and Business Development for a London based renewable company. Martha has held roles within Monsanto leading the Environmental and Regulatory Sciences and Regulatory Policy Groups, the Ag Biotech Crop Teams and Strategy, and the US Western Corn Belt Commercial Business.


George Stewart

George is a Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis and Chair of Veterinary Pathobiology at the University of Missouri. Dr. Stewart was a co-inventor of Elemental Enzymes foundational Technology and other vaccine platform technologies. Throughout his over 30-year career he has studied various bacteria that cause disease, regulation of virulence gene expression and expression of sporulation specific proteins in Bacillus.


Craig Edlund

A certified professional engineer, Craig has more than 30 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry. Craig was with a major process equipment manufacturer and has worked with water and wastewater engineers to correctly apply treatment technologies. He has also worked in water industry product development and process application, and with the Environmental Protection Agency, where he participated in stream surveys, sampled air and water discharges, and participated in compliance monitoring and field studies.





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