Ken Sharples is one of our founders and a member of our Board of Directors, and serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Ken has worked in biotech and biopharma for over 35 years. His experience includes executive leadership positions with responsibility for strategic planning, business operations and legal affairs. Before co-founding Specifica, Ken served as Director, COO and General Counsel for BioN2, a Mars Inc. subsidiary; and earlier as General Counsel and Secretary for L1 AgroSciences, a VC-funded start-up. Ken began his career in the lab, and then worked as a patent and transactional attorney for 25 years in New York City, Silicon Valley and London. During his tenure as an attorney, Ken was involved in representing numerous start-up and emerging biopharma companies, in some cases serving strategic and leadership roles. Ken holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in New York and an A.B in Biology from Colby College in Maine.