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Dan Vradenburg, the former president of leading ag-retailer Wilbur Ellis, has joined Trace Genomics as chief executive officer. Vradenburg will help guide Trace Genomics, which is the first company to link breakthroughs in genomics, machine learning and agronomy, into its next phase of operations.

Vradenburg joins the executive team with Trace Genomics’ founders Dr. Diane Wu and Dr. Poornima Parameswaran, who will continue to focus on product development and corporate strategy.

“We first got to know Dan as a customer when we helped perform some initial tests on his vineyard and olive orchard,” says Wu. “When Dan saw what our tests revealed about his soil and how it influences his farming operations, we started to bond over our mutual excitement for how our technology and this dataset will impact the entire industry. I’m excited and grateful to have Dan join us as a mentor and a partner. He will help propel us forward and lead our world-class team of experts to shape the future of agriculture.”

“Dan is the right leader for Trace Genomics,” adds Parameswaran. “His decades of agribusiness experience and operations, as well as conviction that technology can transform our food and agriculture systems, complement our efforts to scale and position the business to enable critical decision-making on every arable acre. Dan’s thoughtful, decisive management style will help shape Trace Genomics as we move toward full commercialization. And most importantly, Dan is a natural fit with our company culture and shares our purpose to grow a healthier tomorrow, today.”

More details can be found on the PR Newswire press release.