Basepaws at a Glance
With our ever-growing genomic database, we are constantly learning new information about cat breeds, traits, and health. We're doing all of this with one larger-than-life goal: to improve the lives of cats around the world by understanding, genetically, what makes each cat unique.
Cat Lovers with a Passion for Science
We fell in love with Koko when we met her at a local shelter here in Los Angeles. We tried to play it cool and walk away (twice!), but love is stronger than an occasional hand nibble (2 stitches) and broken wine glasses (4, but who's counting?). Koko loves to lay in the California sunshine, watch ‘cat TV’, and greet new employees at the lab with her cold stare. That means she loves you!
Kevin O’Leary, AKA "Mr. Wonderful", is well known for his audacious role on ABC's reality TV show Shark Tank, however his history within the business sector has earned him the right to have such a brazen voice in the show. He is the author of several best selling books on financial literacy and also has his own wine label. Like money and wine, Kevin thinks cats make people smile and is a big advocate for the future of animal health.
Wendy is an internationally renowned humanitarian, impact investor, best-selling author, TV personality and animal advocate. She has advocated for animal welfare on Oprah, The Today Show, NYTimes, and Forbes. She has been the keynote speaker at the UN and at Harvard, and sits on the board of the Humane Society of New York. Wendy’s passion for animal health and wellbeing is infectious!
Ernie Ward is "America's Pet Advocate", and an internationally recognized veterinarian known for his innovations in small animal practice, nutrition and pet obesity. He established the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention in 2005. He is a popular lecturer, author and media personality, featured on the Rachael Ray Show, Animal Planet, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and more.
Bruce is a pet technology business executive with expertise in business development, companion animal healthcare informatics, companion animal virtual care, e-commerce and emerging digital technologies. His background includes experience in the marketing and sales management of veterinary and OTC animal health products and commercialization of SaaS platforms.
Dr. Jan Bellows is one of 190 Board Certified Veterinary Dentists in the United States. He is the past president of the American Veterinary Dental College, the Veterinary Dental Forum, and the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. He was also chosen as one of the dental experts to formulate AAHA’s Small Animal Dental Guidelines. Dr. Bellows’ veterinary dentistry accomplishments include authoring four dental texts, including Feline Dentistry.
Jason is a lifelong animal lover and a dog owner. He is a proud co-founder of Wag!, the largest dog walking platform in the world. A pet-tech expert with over a decade of experience in the sector, Jason is a world-class entrepreneur with a passion for making a world purrfect for our pets.
Brian is currently the Head of Genomics and Diagnostics at Amazon with a background in pharmaceuticals, biologics, devices, diagnostics, and life sciences. When he was younger he really wanted a dog, but his parents got him a goldfish instead. He named it Dog, loved it dearly, and continues to be an advocate of all pets - paws, fins, and everything in between.
Dr. Nathan Price is a professor at the Institute for Systems Biology, and founder of many startups. He is an advisor for Roche, Providence St. Joseph Health, and Mexico's National Institute for Genomic Medicine, to name a few. He has published over 150 scientific papers and given 180+ talks. He is a total cat guy.
Dr. Dodd’s mission is to advance veterinary medicine and accelerate health for all the dogs and cats that come his way. He integrates his veterinary degree with 20 years of experience in the pet healthcare industry. Throughout his career, Dr. Dodd has contributed to numerous products that improve the quality of care for cats worldwide.
Aaron founded DogVacay, which, along with Rover, went on to become one of the most beloved pet brands in the world. Aaron is an experienced founder and industry expert, and has been instrumental in helping us grow and continue to care for all animals, big and small. When not coaching Basepaws he can be found with Rocky and Rambo, his two fluffy companions.