FOUNDERS - Ryan Yamka COO and EVP Research & Development
Dr. Ryan Yamka earned his bachelor’s degrees in animal science and biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, followed by a master’s degree and doctorate in animal science from the University of Kentucky and then an MBA from Baker University. Over the next 15+ years he worked for Hill's, Hartz Mountain and Blue Buffalo, all in Research & Development. Yamka’s research has focused on genomics, weight management, amino acid metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, fiber utilization and technologies for alternative testing. In 2016, Yamka founded Luna Science and Nutrition, LLC. He currently serves as an advisory board member for Bond Pets, LLC, KDC Ag and PetMio. He is a certified professional animal scientist (PAS), board certified with the American College of Animal Sciences (Dipl. ACAS) in nutrition, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN) and, in 2011, received the ASAS Corbin Companion Animal Biology Award. He has published numerous manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters, and has 50 patents granted. Lastly, he writes blogs for Petfood Industry Magazine debunking pet food myths and misconceptions and has been featured on Radio Pet Lady.