In her earlier career, Martha was a systems expert for companies like AIMCO and Arthur Andersen. She brings that systems thinking to The BioCollective, where she is founder and CEO. Martha has a unique ability to connect seemingly unrelated things to solve problems in new ways. Her study of genetics, nutrition, biology, chemistry, neuroscience and epigenetics began in 2002 when her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Martha saw the gut’s connection to chronic disease after reading Dr. Martin Blaser’s Missing Microbes in 2014, later connecting it to Dr. Filip Scheperjans’ research on the microbiome and PD. She is a seasoned and successful executive and a creative problem solver. Martha is an investor in We Are Curious, a personal health data management and discovery platform and in Pure Cultures, an agricultural probiotics technology company. Martha is also a mountaineer and ice climber, and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2011.
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