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Introducing SousZen

See how Xinova partners with PepsiCo and Innit to launch the new Seattle restaurant tech startup, SousZen, that aims to digitize ‘back of house’.

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Innovation Opportunities

Seeking innovative solutions for:

  • Better than ButterXinova is seeking a food scientist who is an expert in food-grade formulations of plant-derived fats
  • Plant PlaitsXinova is seeking a biology or food scientist who is up-to-date on the latest technologies for generating fibers from plant-based proteins.
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Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Innovation Services

Business Bio  LinkedIn Profile

I’ve loved science and learning for as long as I can remember.  I like to turn over rocks to see what’s underneath.  I like it when one question leads to 10 more.  The process of peeling away layers to get to some new understanding has always been deeply satisfying.  I studied physics as an undergrad because it seemed to be all about identifying patterns and giving form to chaos.

At some point I realized there are countless questions, countless problems to solve, but finite time.  I realized the importance of problem selection and paying attention when opportunities present themselves.  In graduate school at the University of Washington I found inspiration and support in a community of entrepreneurial engineering students and slowly developed the confidence (foolishness?) to co-found a medical tech startup.  Building something new with my team was incredibly rewarding and a flood of learning.  Looking back, I did not expect one of the most important lessons I would learn would be: a clear story is as important as good technology. 
I am inspired by Xinova’s vision of connecting problem solvers with valuable, unsolved problems and energized by the personal connections we make with our innovators and our customers.  I love working with a team of passionate, smart people to build a new engine for innovation.    
After growing up in the desert, I also love the Pacific Northwest where we have mountains and water and everything is green. I enjoy spending time with my family, music, reading, cooking (and eating), travelling, and skiing.

Our Team

Sherri Richman

Innovation Business Development Representative

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Head of Strategic Partnerships Xinova & CEO Arcnet

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Kyle Dowling

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Programs

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Mai Huong Tran


Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Innovation Services

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

John Kim

IT Manager

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director, Innovation Programs

Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Alyssa Moore

Director of Marketing

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Soleil Brisbane

Marketing Specialist

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Kelly Romano

Managing Director | Innovation Programs

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

BK Lee

President Korea

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Chal Davidson


Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Programs

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Rob Dhat

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Brian Yen


Paul Levins


Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

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