A familiar face has joined a new player in the Manhattan-area biotech research community. Jeff Gill is the new chief executive officer of Tritica Biosciences, joining founder and wheat scientist Dr. Chris Miller as the Manhattan-based bioscience company bolsters its portfolio of innovation for the grain milling industry.
Gill is well-known in Kansas as the founder of Tallgrass Brewing Company, which he grew from his garage into a regional craft brewery and downtown Manhattan brewpub. However, Gill also has an extensive scientific background, earning a bachelor’s degree in geology from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in geology from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, he worked in environmental geology positions with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kleinfelder.
“Jeff’s experience is what Tritica needs now,” said Miller, who began his career in the milling industry before joining Kansas State University’s Department of Grain Science and Industry and founding Tritica Biosciences in April 2017. “Utilizing business experience rooted in science and manufacturing, Jeff will advance Tritica’s trajectory forward as interest in our work continues to grow.”
The bioscience company focuses on innovation that emerges at the intersection of biochemistry and grain milling. Since the company’s founding in April 2017, Tritica has been an innovation collaborator with Ardent Mills, North America’s leading flour supplier and grain innovator, by helping to develop technology in their innovation pipeline.
“We have worked with Tritica Biosciences for over a year and they are a trusted collaborator for creative innovations in a variety of areas important to Ardent Mills,” said Kent Juliot, Vice President of Research, Quality, and Tech Services for Ardent Mills.
Tritica aims to expand their innovation platform alongside their industry partners with the goal of becoming an incubator for other leading edge, biotech-focused research.
“What Chris has started at Tritica is further proof of the success and innovation being fostered here in Manhattan, Kansas,” Gill said. “We want to continue to attract and nurture scientists with great ideas and help them bring those ideas to market in this exciting environment.”