I am a scientist-entrepreneur who is as passionate about blue-green algae as I am about serving Beagle’s customers. With over 20 years of hands-on experience in microbiology and biochemistry, and a career that has spanned academia, contract research, and business, I serve as Beagle’s Chief Operating and Scientific Officer. Unofficially I am also the VP of Research, Head of Sales and Marketing, HR Director, billing clerk, and part-time janitor. Wearing multiple hats is unavoidable in small business, and I find Beagle to be the most rewarding experience of my career to date.
That career has been built upon B.S (1993) and M.S. (1996) degrees in Biology from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from The Ohio State University (2002). After postdoctoral training at Battelle in Columbus, OH, I built an extramurally-funded research program at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, and mentored many wonderful undergraduate and graduate students. I still pick up a course at OSU or local community colleges on occasion, because teaching and mentoring are so much fun. I returned to Battelle in 2007, where I built and led multidisciplinary and cross-institutional teams working on projects in national security and bioenergy. Eventually, though, I tired of the wonderful people, paycheck, facilities and benefits at Battelle, and decided that I wanted to live in fear and start a biotech business. With business partner Eric Roy, and tremendous support from my husband, I got that opportunity in 2012.
After surviving all the challenges that a small business encounters, Beagle Bioproducts is now thriving, and I am enjoying its success from my home in the Clintonville area of Columbus where in addition to my husband, I reside with the inspiration for Beagle’s name, Louie, and his adopted sister (also a Beagle) Sophie. They enjoy sniffing around Riley the cat, and pondering the wheel-turning activities of Fannie the hamster, who I’m told smells delicious.
Stephanie Smith is on LinkedIn.