Makana Therapeutics Team
Joe Tector, MD, PhD, FACS
More than 30 years of experience in transplant surgery and as Director, Xenotransplant Institute; Surgical Director, Small Bowel and Multivisceral Transplant Program, University of Miami Medical School. Dr. Tector received his training from McGill University, University of Miami, and St Louis University School of Medicine.
President & CEO
More than 30 years of experience in business and organizational leadership with background in manufacturing, engineering, hospital administration, sales, marketing, and product development. Former Pres/CEO of Multistack, SVP and Board Member at Gundersen Health System, Combat Engineering Officer-U.S. Air Force, and member of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame. B.S. – Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, Vanderbilt University.
Matt Tector, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
More than 30 years of experience in Cell Biology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Genetic Engineering, and Xenotransplantation. Oversaw the creation and validation of the Makana TKO Pig and its xenotransplant-related histocompatibility and pathogen detection assays. PhD – Pathology/Immunology from the University of Pittsburgh with Postdocs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Max-Planck Institute.
Chief Operating Officer
Transplantation industry veteran with broad experience in genetic engineering, porcine development and facilities, infection disease, preclinical program design and execution, regulatory strategy and planning.
Zak Dorsey, FACHE
VP Finance & Business Development
Hospital Administrator with 15+ years of experience in transplant administration, practice management, managed care contracting, reimbursement, and analytics. Involved in Xenotransplant research effort for over 10 years using his experience to monetize and grow the market for this technology. He holds a Master of Health Administration degree from Indiana University.
Kraebber is a xenotransplantation and hospital operations professional with 14+ years of experience in designated pathogen free barrier facility design, animal facility operations, regulatory compliance, quality management. Prior work with Indiana University, University of Alabama. BS and MS from Purdue University in General Health Science, Technology, and Organizational Leadership.