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

As the co-founder and chief executuve 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

Bryan Barney, PhD | Research Associate Bryan received his PhD at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Laboratory and has an appointment as a post-doctoral associate at UC Davis. He serves as an MMI consultant in bioinformatic, gene marker discovery and assay design. He has expertise in whole genome sequencing and has published in top peer reviewed journals (Barney et al. 2017).


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Our Story

​​Our company originally hails from Maine. Coastal communities in New England are in need of  innovative solutions to address a wide range of issues that adversely impact 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.  

John P Bucci, MS, PhD | Executive Director

John founded Marine Microverse Institute (MMI), LLC in 2015, inspired by the growing need to develop marine molecular solutions to address fisheries and aquatic ecosystem problems. John and his colleagues recognize the critical gap that exists between our understanding of marine microbial systems and the rapid changes that are affecting oceanic resources. John is a biological oceanographer specializing in molecular ecology who has published original research assessing the microbial biodiversity in U.S. coastal estuaries. 

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.