Marcin Filutowicz, Ph.D.

Founder, President, CSO

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Dr. Marcin Filutowicz, founded AmebaGone, Inc. in 2010 to commercialize a novel technology based upon the unique potential of free-living professional phagocytes (Dictyostelids or Dicty), found in soil and many other environments worldwide, to combat disease-causing microbes in affecting plants, water quality and human health.

Dr. Filutowicz and Katarzyna Borys from the Bacteriology Department of University of Wisconsin-Madison conceived the core technology. The inventors have assigned title for their work to AmebaGone and have executed a license to a collection of source material amassed by Dr. Kenneth Raper (also UW-Madison) with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). Filutowicz has developed biocontrol countermeasures to reduce infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria since 1999. Dr. Filutowicz is a serial innovator, having co-founded ConjuGon Inc. in 2001 after inventing its technology. ConjuGon (now Atterx Biotherapeutics) is developing therapeutics to treat human bacterial infections. ConjuGon raised over $18M to advance its technology and is currently in Phase III clinical trials.

Dr. Filutowicz is a Professor of Bacteriology at University of Wisconsin-Madison where he joined the faculty in 1987 and has since been continuously funded. He received his Ph.D from the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Courtney Griese

Operations Manager

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Courtney Griese joined Amebagone in 2017.  She holds a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  While studying for her degree, Courtney worked in Dr. Marcin Filutowicz’s lab in the Department of Bacteriology at UW-Madison, where she led a project to revive a source collection of Dicty along with researching interactions between Dicty and various biofilms. Courtney's mentoring and biosafety experience, lab management skills, and meticulous work style have resulted in her becoming a major contributor in the lab. Additionally, Courtney has become a key leader of operations.

Noah Stern, Ph.D.

Agricultural R&D Lead

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Dr. Stern leads agricultural research efforts at AmebaGone.  He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry and Technology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he researched how varying sources of organic carbon change microbial metabolism and community structure in riverbed sediments. After his Ph.D., Noah spent 2 years as a postdoctoral researcher in Bacteriology at UW Madison investigating metabolic remodeling during biofilm formation of Bacillus subtilis.  He also collaborated with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center doing bioengineering of model organisms to increase production of high value bioproducts. Noah provides AmebaGone with experience using metabolomics and genetic engineering to identify how changes in metabolism correlate with gene expression occurring during aerobic and anaerobic bacterial growth.