Ron Utecht

Ron Utecht, Ph.D.


Dr. Ron Utecht oversees the scientific direction for Alumend, the technology development company responsible for the inception of the NVS Therapy. He has more than 30 years of experience in product development effectively tailoring novel chemistries to targeted applications. He invented the novel photochemistry which forms the NVS Therapy. Applications of these inventions extend to areas such as tissue bonding and drug delivery. Further development of these technologies include new chemical entities, next generation delivery and drug delivery, as well as new product applications. A successful entrepreneur, Dr. Utecht is a founding member of several biotechnology companies and the winner of the 2015 South Dakota Entrepreneur of the Year. For 26 years, he has also held academic positions as assistant professor and professor at South Dakota State University. He holds numerous U.S. and international patents, and has authored articles for peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations. He earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and a doctorate in chemistry from Iowa State University.