Team

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Collaboration is key in our corporate culture. Every team member represents the character of our company: dedicated, creative, and our willingness to grow as a team. We all bring diverse experiences and skill-sets to the table in order to produce a well-rounded and complementary team that dreams big and delivers analytical grade enzymes to a wide variety of users. Contact us to learn more about our team and how to join us.

Ellen R. Campbell
CEO & VP
ELLEN R. CAMPBELL
Ellen is head in charge for all things company strategy, business development and financial management. She's an expert in proposal preparation, marketing strategy, and following industry trends. She and Bill co-founded NECi in 1993 to commercialize nitrate reductase to make nitrate testing safer, more accurate and reliable. Ellen holds a BS in chemistry from The New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, has previous experience working with monoclonal antibodies, and has set up and directed commercial and academic biochemistry labs.
Bill Campbell
PRESIDENT & PROFESSOR EMERITUS
BILL CAMPBELL
Bill is the brains behind the enzymes. When he's not watching baseball, he's thinking about biochemical reactions and protein structures, and how they interact. After teaching biochemistry at Michigan Technological University, he retired to start NECi with his wife, Ellen. He was on the editorial board of The Journal of Biological Chemistry from 2000 to 2005, and has published over 100 scientific journal articles from his research.
Troy Kinnunen-Skidmore
LABORATORY MANAGER
TROY KINNUNEN-SKIDMORE
Troy has been with NECi since 1995, running day to day operations, performing assay development, ensuring products pass our internal quality control measures, and so much more. He earned his B.S. in Zoology from Northern Michigan University and fell in love with the upper peninsula winters. When he's not in the lab, you can find him cross-country skiing, road biking, or exploring the wilderness.
Anna-Marie Davidson
MARKETING DIRECTOR
ANNA-MARIE DAVIDSON
Anna-Marie has worn many hats with NECi, from graphic designer to research and development scientist. She graduated from Western Michigan University in December of 2012 with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and minors in The Fine Arts and Chemistry. She combines her knowledge of science with creative expression to create marketing campaigns and materials. When she's not brainstorming content and making marketing art, you can usually find her playing in the dirt or the snow (season dependent).
David Squires
SOFTWARE ENGINEER
DAVID SQUIRES
David has been with NECi for many years contributing to a variety of roles, but now primarily focuses on developing and improving software for NECi's handheld photometer. He's a master in developing android interfaces, all things computers, and more.
William Ashbaugh
PHOTOMETER DESIGN & ASSAY DEVELOPMENT
WILLIAM ASHBAUGH
Will has been involved with a variety of projects at NECi, from quality assurance and quality control procedures to assay development to photometer design. Will hand crafts every handheld photometer, from designing the case using 3-D modeling software to 3-D printing, assembling, and applying finishing logo touches. He even has validated the accuracy of the device and assists customers with technical support. He graduated from Michigan Technological University in 2014 as an environmental engineer, and in his free time you can usually find him downhill skiing, fishing, mountain biking, or enjoying the Keweenaw in his jeep.
Jacob Studt
BIOPROCESS SPECIALIST
JACOB STUDT
Jake graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette and has been NECi's lead research and development scientist since spring of 2015. He analyzes properties of NECi's enzymes in development and conducts all fermentations of our reagent grade enzymes. From molecular biology to assay development to technical editing of grant proposals, Jake plays diverse and important roles here at NECi.
Justin Walbeck
EMBEDDED SYSTEMS DEVELOPER
JUSTIN WALBECK
Justin joined NECi's team to design and build the internals and hardware for the handheld photometer. He also assists with developing the software for the photometer, attending trade shows, and researching project initiatives for research and development grants. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans, but attended a different university the year that hurricane Katrina hit.
Sabrina Swanson
LABORATORY ASSISTANT
SABRINA SWANSON
Sabrina joined NECi's team in March 2015 to help out with kit assembly and basic laboratory maintenance. Since then, she's taken a lead role in organizational systems, kit assembly and order processing, and helping everyone on the team with various web, ordering, and lab functions. She takes pride in her puns and her passion for color coding and using post it notes to keep our functions organized.