Leadership

Dr. Tom Adams

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Tom Adams co-founded Pairwise and serves as Chief Executive Officer. Tom has over 25 years of leadership experience heading up biotechnology for global companies, serving most recently as Vice President of Global Biotechnology at Monsanto where he lead the team developing a broad range of innovative products. Formerly a faculty member at Texas A&M University, Tom holds a PhD in microbiology and plant science from Michigan State University and a BS in botany and plant pathology from Oregon State University. Tom is a long-time distance runner and often competes in local events.

Dr. Haven Baker

Co-Founder, Chief Business Officer

Dr. Haven Baker co-founded Pairwise and serves as Chief Business Officer. Haven is the former Senior Vice President / General Manager of Simplot Plant Sciences, where he led the team that launched the innovative, non-browning Innate® potato. He holds a PhD in chemistry from Northeastern University, an MBA from Harvard University, and a BS in biomedical engineering from Yale University. A lover of the outdoors, Haven enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking in his native Pacific Northwest.

Lynsey Wenger

Chief Financial Officer

Lynsey Wenger is Chief Financial Officer and oversees financial strategy, planning, and management. Lynsey most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer at Calysta, a biotechnology company developing alternative protein ingredients using a novel fermentation technology platform. She also spent 16 years with Goldman Sachs, including spending the greater part of a decade specializing in global natural resources investment banking. Lynsey holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Duke University. Historically a distance runner, years of wear-and-tear on her knees have led her to refocus her athletic pursuits towards triathlons.

Ian Miller

Vice President, Operations

Ian Miller joined Pairwise in 2018 as Vice President of Operations. Ian brings diverse technical, legal, and operational leadership experience in the life sciences field to Pairwise, serving most recently as Chief Business Officer and General Counsel at Epic Sciences. Ian holds a JD, with honors, from Duke University School of Law and a BS in biochemistry and cellular biology from the University of California, San Diego. An avid fan of Duke sports, Ian also enjoys brewing his own craft beer.

Mike Mann

Head, Trait Development

Mike Mann heads up the Trait Development team for Pairwise, joining the team in 2018. He has experience in managing transformation, quality, and regulatory compliance labs for global vegetable seed portfolios, working most recently for Monsanto. Mike holds an MS in engineering management from the University of New Haven and a BS in plant science and plant tissue culture from Cornell University.

Dr. Heather Hudson

Head, Collaboration

Dr. Heather Hudson is Head of Collaboration for Pairwise, joining the team in 2018. Previously, Heather was Head of R&D for the Refrigerated Business Unit for Kraft Heinz, and Vice President of Science and Technology at Bumble Bee Foods. Notable food innovations launched under Heather’s leadership include Just Crack an EggTM and the clean label re-launch of the Oscar Mayer® hotdog portfolio. Heather holds a PhD from North Carolina State University in Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Science, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a BS in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Outside of work, Heather is a food adventurer and culinary addict who is interested in all food experiences, refined and some less so.

Dr. Ryan Rapp

Head, Product Discovery

Dr. Ryan Rapp is Head of Product Discovery. He joined Pairwise in 2018 from leading DNA sequencing company Illumina, where he was the head of their Agrigenomics business and was responsible for launching new genotyping products across many species. Previously, he lead corn and soybean marker discovery at Monsanto as well as the proof of concept work for drought biotechnology. Ryan holds a PhD in Genetics from Iowa State University and a BS in Plant Science from Cornell University. A native of Massachusetts, Ryan is an ardent equestrian and botanist, two pursuits that he regularly enjoys on his 20 acre farm in nearby Hillsborough, NC.

Dr. Aaron Hummel

Head, Genome Editing Technologies

Dr. Aaron Hummel is Head of Genome Editing Technologies. Aaron joined Pairwise in 2018 from global plant breeding company KWS, where he built the genome editing program. He is a decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Aaron holds a PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Iowa State University and a BS in Biology from Hillsdale College.

Adam Helms

Head, Portfolio Management and Collaborations

Adam Helms is head of Portfolio Management and Collaborations. Adam joined Pairwise in 2020 from Inari Agriculture, a plant gene-editing start-up, where he led efforts to secure the company’s germplasm, expansion site in West Lafayette, Indiana, and established the foundation of a global supply chain network. Previously he was a member of the Global Seeds & Traits team at Bayer Crop Science after completing an accelerated leadership program at the company. He holds a BS in Agronomy, an MS in Soil Science—both from Texas A&M University—and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas-Austin.