Dr. Tracy is the CEO and co-Founder of White Dog Labs. He holds PhD's in Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Dr. Tracy was recently awarded the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year award for his work and contributions.
White Dog Labs, Inc. (WDL) was established in 2012 on the foundation of harnessing natural microorganism diversity to address global challenges in food sustainability, climate change and general human and animal nutrition. The company goes beyond discovery to also design and scale full bio-processes with concurrent end product development and validation.
Core to WDL discovery is our proprietary Protocol B™ process coupled with additional high-throughput selection techniques for the isolation and cultivation of microbiome-derived anaerobic microorganisms. Our approaches result in large, diverse and novel strain libraries informed through emerging applications in microbiome science, and yielding promising solutions for animal nutrition and health. WDL has also advanced synthetic biology tools for Clostridia, thus coupling boundless natural diversity with directed innovation.
Beyond discovery, WDL has also invented a novel class of fermentation technology called MixoFerm™ that allows cultivation of previously “unculturable” bacteria while also improving the carbon efficiency of fermentation processes by 50-100%. MixoFerm is demonstrating the potential for unprecedented yields of bio-products on numerous sugar feedstocks, which improves economics for biobased production of products ranging from fuels and chemicals to protein ingredients and animal feed additives.
WDL customers and partners benefit in several ways: 1) differentiated products, particularly in applications of advanced nutrition, enabled by our proprietary library of Clostridia microbiota; 2) natural solutions to animal health and nutrition issues exacerbated by the move away from antibiotics in industrial feeds; 3) lower feedstock cost that is commonly the largest operating cost expense for bioproduction of proteins, fuel or chemicals; 4) improved sustainability metrics for large volume animal feed ingredients, commodity chemicals and fuels; and 5) a detected partner to continually develop enhanced products for maximizing value to end consumers.
From its headquarters in New Castle, Delaware, WDL has scaled several animal nutrition products to multi-ton per month production scale, and is now transferring this process to our first production facility in Nebraska. WDL continues to develop new products in our US headquarters, while also discovering emerging opportunities at our Israeli subsidiary in Rehovot, IL.
White Dog Labs (WDL) Inc.
CEO and co-founder
Bryan Tracy is the CEO and co-founder of White Dog Labs (WDL), Inc. Prior to WDL, he co-founded and led Elcriton Inc., directly out of graduate school.
Elcriton, a synthetic biology and biotechnology company, worked with many of the world’s largest chemical companies, and conducted licensing and strategic partnerships with companies largely in China and Europe. Elcriton was acquired by WDL in 2014. Prior to Elcriton, he worked full-time as an undergraduate student in the Optimization Department at Novozymes N/A – the world’s largest enzyme production company.
Bryan’s technical expertise is in chemical engineering, microbial engineering, molecular biology, bioprocess development and scale-up. He has published 14 peer reviewed scientific articles, is an inventor on over 35 granted and pending patents, and has received over $8M of grant funding to advance these fields of science and engineering. Over the past six years, Bryan has focused more on creating and executing company strategy. Additionally, he serves as a technology to market consultant for the Department of Energy Advanced Research Project Agency, a founding member of the American Chemical Society Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable and board chair of the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. Bryan has spearheaded several major economic development initiatives for the State of Delaware, notably creating the business plan for the Delaware Innovation Space (DuPont Company incubation center) and crafting/passing Delaware’s Pay For Success legislation.
Beyond professional life, Bryan is passionate about public service. He is the immediate past board chair (still board member) of the Forum for the Advancement of Minorities in Engineering (FAME), a Leadership Delaware Fellow, an inaugural mentor to Delaware Youth Leadership Network, visiting faculty to the University of Delaware and advisor to several area chemical and biology startup companies.
Bryan received a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from North Carolina State University and a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Northwestern University, where he was a NIH Biotechnology Fellow.
Goldey-Beacom Entrepreneurship Club
President and Founder