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CEO & Co-Founder
As a long-time entrepreneur and lover of science and technology, Kelly has both founded and led a variety of Seattle-based companies throughout his career, from Blue Marble Biomaterials which converts organic biomass into renewable specialty chemicals, to Quemulus a social saving and payment platform, to a full-service digital marketing agency named Milli.
Most recently Kelly worked as senior policy advisor to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee on economic development strategy, job creation, innovation, entrepreneurship, and promoting a thriving economic climate in Washington. Kelly served as Deputy Director of Community Relations for Seattle’s Office of the Mayor under Greg Nickels, he was Director of Government Relations for the Greater Seattle Chamber Of Commerce, and was also a 2013 Delegate for the US-Japan Council.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with a focus on International Business and is currently attending Harvard Extension School where he is studying Nanotechnology courses at Harvard Extension School. As DeepCell’s CEO, Kelly is responsible for setting overall strategy and direction and for allocating capital and resources to each of the company’s priorities. He leads the executive team in both work ethic and culture and is the direct liaison with the company’s investors and Advisory Board.
VP Human Resources & Co-Founder
Gary was born and raised in Seattle and following graduation from O’Dea High School, joined the United States Army and was quickly promoted to the rank of Sergeant and section leader of technical services within his company.
Gary has been an investor in startups for the better part of the past decade where he has funded startups in biotechnology, software, real estate and cannabis. Gary is a big picture thinker and as a result identifies trends and makes strategic investments. This is Gary’s first foray into the world of operating a startup and brings with him a wealth of technology experience.
As DeepCell’s Chief Operations Officer, Gary is an integral part of day to day happenings at the company as well as the overall direction and strategy. He leads the coordination with licensee partners on operational plans and strategy.
VP Business Development
Hunter, also a Seattle native, grew up in an entrepreneurial environment watching his father bring innovative new products to market. As a young adult Hunter worked in the culinary world, gathering experience from a number of restaurant locations ranging from one of Seattle’s favorite lunch hot-spots to a quaint, homey-chic eatery utilizing a rooftop garden for their locally sourced menu.
Following his culinary pursuits, Hunter moved to develop his business skills further at Nordstrom where he learned high-level customer service and the value of providing an exceptional retail experience. Following Nordstrom, he moved into management at a Seattle medical marijuana dispensary where he saw first-hand the benefits of medical cannabis and it’s wide ranging symptom relief capabilities. This aligns with DeepCell’s mission of multi-molecule therapies, aligning with Hunter’s passion to bringing alternatives to mainstream drugs such as opiates.
At DeepCell, Hunter is responsible for cultivating relationships, and creating demand for our services and products in new markets.
VP Product and Marketing
Chad Brandon has joined the DeepCell team as it’s VP of Product and Marketing! He will be responsible for all phases of product development and oversee our marketing efforts while DeepCell repositions and develops new brands.
Chad has a long history of developing products for the specialty running company Asics, where he most recently managed their Amazon business. He left Asics to finish his UW MBA, which he finished in June 2018.
Chad has a history with DeepCell. As a contractor in 2016 he developed the first Ruby kraft packet, developed and designed the Ruby boxes, and led the branding identity of the Ruby brand. We are already seeing benefits from his pragmatic and disciplined approach to executing our shared vision.
Executive Advisory Board Chair
The CEO of the Seattle-based Richmond Public Relations, Lorne has a unique understanding of numerous business models and brings a wealth of knowledge and business experience to the DeepCell team through his work with a diverse portfolio of clients.
Winner of numerous Golden Bell Awards and often recognized by the business and media community as an influential public relations professional in the region, he serves on numerous high profile boards and has been involved in many successful Seattle start-ups.
As DeepCell’s Advisory Board Chair, Lorne works closely with the Executive Team to develop strategies, business relationships, and media opportunities. He also directs the Advisory Board to set policies, propose strategies, and assist the management team in driving growth.
Director of Research & Development
Continually fascinated by the brain and its behavior, James Gerstenberger received a Bachelor’s of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience from Western Washington University. During his time at University, James was employed as a budtender and had the opportunity to learn about cannabis and its effects. After graduation, James worked in the biopharmaceutical industry to further develop laboratory-based skills.
With an emphasis in psychopharmacology and a background in cannabis, James has a strong desire to help move forward the science surrounding cannabis. With his unique background, James has been able to contribute to the research and development of new products in his role as Technology Development Lead.
Digital Marketing Manager
Matthew Nguyen enjoys all things related to design, and works with both the product development and marketing teams to create products, packaging, websites, brands, and content that further advance DeepCell’s voice and vision.
A graduate of the University of Washington, he has experience with marketing and creative design through freelance work, as well as past positions at consulting firms and locally based non-profits, such as NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth).
As Digital Marketing Manager, he is responsible for creating assets to properly showcase the large variety of brands that DeepCell has to offer, and building brand identity and vision. He is also acting as a bridge between the processes of marketing and product development, in order to create technology and products that are advanced, yet accessible.
*No cannabis products are manufactured and/or distributed by DeepCell. DeepCell licensed cannabis products are manufactured and distributed by DeepCell licensees with the appropriate state license(s).