RTI’s vision is to be the veterinary research company of choice for biology research and product improvement. This vision is our commitment to clients, employees, owners and our community.
It is RTI’s mission to bring the best value and innovation to the biological segment of the food producing animal industry. We will do this by providing the highest quality in research and laboratory services for product development, improvement, licensing and safety assurance.
RTI offers a full spectrum of services varying from live animal research to lab testing and product development.
Christopher Chase, DVM, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer / President
Dr. Chase leads the company’s business development and strategic planning team. He works extensively with clients to identify the current challenges and needs of the animal health industry. He is currently a professor in the Department of Veterinary Science, as well as an adjunct professor in the department of Biology/Microbiology at South Dakota State University. Dr. Chase co-founded RTI, LLC in 1994, realizing a niche for a quality contract research organization in Brookings, SD by taking advantage of the resources and graduates of nearby South Dakota State University. His expertise in animal disease research allows him to integrate veterinary research with the practical aspects of clinical medicine to provide direction in protocol development.
Rolland Nevins, BS
Chief Executive Officer
Rollie joined RTI, LLC in September 2011, and is responsible for our strategic planning and new business development. During his more than 25 years in the livestock production industry he gained expertise in marketing, operations management, and budgeting. Rollie has a proven track record of instituting successful operational and marketing programs, and has built a strong history of client retention by developing and maintaining customer service programs.
Kipp Erickson, PhD
Chief Operating Officer
Erickson earned his PhD in Cardiopulmonary Physiology from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University and has served most of his professional career as a scientist and leader in both human and animal health drug discovery and product development. He brings significant knowledge and experiences from his time at Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Phamacia, Pfizer, Zoetis, VP of technology & commercialization at Intrexon and recently, as Director of Translational Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. He is well-connected to the idustry, has extensive experience in pharma/biopharma research and product development, strategy and business development, commercialization, licensing and patenting. Erickson is also an expert resource toward product concept development and creating of intellectual property, recognizing opportunities from faculty research and how to evolve them toward invention disclosures and forming connections with potential external partners.
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