Bob Valentini, MS, PhD, MD | Biotechnology Senior Scientist and Entrepreneur

As the co-founder and chief executive officer of two biotechnology companies, Bob is involved of all aspects of MMI's capital formation and product development. He is a proven leader in commercializing molecular technology.  He focuses on the marketing and promotion of MMI products, including developing intellectual property. Dr. Valentini has extensive experience developing biopharmaceuticals (Shire, Genzyme, and Fibrogen) as well as a strong background in licensing and commercializing intellectual property and early stage technologies. 

My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.” – Charles Darwin

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Semra Aytur, MPH, PhD | Senior Scientist and Public Health Advisor 

Semra focuses on biostatistical analysis, epidemiology, and bioinformatics. She holds a faculty appointment at the University of New Hampshire. She works with the MMI team to engage stakeholders and industry partners. Her expertise in translational research supports implications for commercialization, practice, and policy. She enjoys working with diverse transdisciplinary teams to examine ways to improve ocean health and human health in the blue economy. 

John P Bucci, MS, PhD | Executive Director

John founded Marine Microverse Institute (MMI), LLC in 2015, based in Kittery Point, Maine.   John is a biological oceanographer with a specialization in microbial and molecular ecology. John and his colleagues recognize the critical gap that exists between our understanding how marine ecosystems are influenced by rapid changes affecting oceanic resources. He has published original research articles in marine ecology, molecular source technology, bio-geochemistry and microbial biodiversity with applications to the blue economy.


Bryan Barney, PhD | Research Associate

Bryan received his PhD at StanfordUniversity's Hopkins Marine Laboratory and has an appointment as a post-doctoral associate at University of California, Davis. He serves as an MMI consultant in bioinformatics and gene marker discovery. He has expertise in whole genome sequencing and has published in top peer reviewed journals (Barney et al. 2017).

Our Story

​​Our company originally hails from Maine. The company idea was originally inspired by the growing need to develop marine molecular solutions to address fisheries and aquatic ecosystem health impacts. Coastal communities worldwide are in need of  innovative solutions to address a wide range of issues that adversely effect marine ecosystems. MMI has gained recognition in developing innovative technologies to improve the health of our aquatic resources. MMI brings a staff with a proven track record in biotechnology and marine research that has led to numerous publications.  We are an interdisciplinary team of marine scientists, bioinformaticians, biostatisticians, and health scientists that collectively have over 40 years' experience in research and industry.