Basepaws at a Glance

We are pioneers in feline genetics, an area that has been understudied and underfunded for years. Cat genes still hold many unsolved mysteries, and that's where we come in.

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

Basepaws has gathered dedicated geneticists, veterinarians, and visionaries for the purpose of helping pets live the longest, happiest, and healthiest lives possible. Our entire team strives to help you get to know your cat better, because beneath all that cuteness beats the heart of a lion. Or maybe a tiger. Possibly a cougar. You get what we're saying.
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Meet the Team that makes the Meowgic
Meet Koko (aka The Basepaws Polycat Queen of the Gene) - the team cat & assistant to our CEO. Oh, who are we kidding – Koko runs this place!

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!
Follow her on instagram @basepaws_queen
Team top cat
Anna Skaya
Anna Skaya
Founder & CEO
Damian Kao, Ph.D.
Damian Kao, Ph.D.
COO & Head of Science
Yuliana Mihaylova, Ph.D.
Yuliana Mihaylova, Ph.D.
Head of R&D
Kash Kuruppu
Kash Kuruppu
Chief Veterinary Officer
Anya Ryan (Mini)
Anya Ryan (Mini)
Chief Meowketing Officer
Kristin Wuhrman
Kristin Wuhrman
EVP, Strategy & Business Development
Daria Korableva
Daria Korableva
Head of Growth
Julie Yang, Ph.D.
Julie Yang, Ph.D.
Process Manager, R&D Scientist
Sean Nisperos
Sean Nisperos
Scientist
Max Regis
Max Regis
Infrastructure Engineer
Kacey Jay
Kacey Jay
Social Media & Community
Cameron Gallivan
Cameron Gallivan
Data Engineer
Taryn Eliel
Taryn Eliel
Customer Service
Inta Poga
Inta Poga
Creative Director
Eugene Soltan
Eugene Soltan
Head of Finance
Polina Skaya
Polina Skaya
Operations Manager
Advisors
Kevin O’Leary
Kevin O’Leary

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.

Warren Rickard
Warren Rickard

Warren Rickard is an entrepreneur in pet consumer products and animal health. Warren co-founded Anivive Lifesciences in 2015 which repurposes human drugs for use in veterinary medicine. Anivive received a CVM conditional drug approval in early 2021. Warren currently serves as a board member for Petco Love and is an advisor for Basepaws, Dalan and Virgo Investment Group. 

Dr. Ernie Ward
Dr. Ernie Ward

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.

Wendy Diamond
Wendy Diamond

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!

Bruce L. Truman, MBA
Bruce L. Truman, MBA

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.

Brian Donnelly
Brian Donnelly

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. Jan Bellows
Dr. Jan Bellows

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 Meltzer
Jason Meltzer

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.

Nathan Price, Ph.D.
Nathan Price, Ph.D.

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.