Formed to develop and commercialize on-site diagnostic tools for animals, the founders of MEP Equine Solutions (MEP Equine) have successfully commercialized veterinary medical devices and technologies and have developed strong relationships with over 100 veterinary clinicians. MEP is led by a seasoned MBA entrepreneur with proven success in raising capital and bringing new technologies to market. Prototyping, market verification, marketing, and manufacturing management are all done in house, with various consultants supplementing the company’s needs in mechanical and electrical design, software and web development, manufacturing, distribution, and sales.
MEP Equine developed an automated quantitative diagnostic and management tool: Parasight. Designed for veterinarians, the Parasight System is an automated 2.5 minute fecal egg count system. The Poop2proof Test Kit service program leverages Parasight technology to provide horse owners a convenient parasite management solution. The Parasight App is a mobile-based application to perform fecal egg count tests and manage results. Those results represent Parasight Metrics that aggregate anonymous test result data to aid in case management and anthelmintic resistance monitoring.
The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Lexington, Kentucky.
Eric Hauck, mS, mba
Eric Hauck, president, CEO and co-founder, has extensive success bringing disruptive technologies to market. He has 27 years of experience as a CEO and president with various companies including Somfy International/Damart, a fortune 50 European company, Intralink Spine, Orthopeutics LP, Equinext, LLC, and others.
PAUL SLUSAREWICZ, Bsc, PhD
Dr. Paul Slusarewicz, chief scientific officer and co-founder, has over 20 years of experience in biochemistry research and development. Prior to co-founding MEP Equine Solutions, LLC, he was chief scientific officer at Equinext LLC and led the research team to develop an injectable medical device for animals.
MARTIN NIELSEN, DVM, Phd
Dr. Martin Nielsen, technical adviser and co-founder, is recognized as a worldwide expert in equine parasitology research and diagnostic innovation. He serves as an associate professor at the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky and focuses solely on equine parasitology.
Chris Mills, BS
Chris has been with the company since Day 1. A graduate of the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Chris has a degree in BioSystems Engineering and broad expertise in the area of mechatronics. He is in charge of all manufacturing but is also tied into the user experience and so strives to make continual improvements to the System based on customer feedback.
Dave Schmeling, ME
A graduate of Stanford University, Dave is a seasoned engineer who is a former Director of Manufacturing of Somfy International and a mechanical engineer at Hewlett-Packard. Dave is sought after for his ability to understand and communicate both high level processes and low level day-to-day requirements. Dave is responsible for all manufacturing documentation and change control.
Dee Fife-Gay, BA, MBA
With over 20 years of experience in the technology arena, Dee has extensive experience in bringing new technologies to market and driving consumer adoption of technological innovations. A native of Lexington, KY, Dee completed her graduate studies at the University of Kentucky. She is responsible for collaborating with executive leadership, consumers and scientific and veterinary teams to develop and drive the company’s strategic marketing plan.
Chris Schroeder, ME
With over 25 years of experience in all phases of new product development, Chris is a graduate of Stanford University. “No one can build a better mousetrap than Chris” and he excels definition and design, development and testing, as well as in manufacturing both domestically and overseas.
Nicole Clift, BSC
Nicole’s equine background ranges from a passion for horses to working in the equine pharmaceutical industry. Nicole has a strong background in customer relations and is committed to exceeding client expectations. A native of Seattle, Nicole spent several years abroad, completing her undergraduate degree in equitation studies at Plymouth University (England), before moving to Kentucky.
Nick Andrews, EE
A graduate of Arizona University, Nick is an electrical engineer with a passion for software engineering. Nick works closely with clients to understand their requirements and expectations when using Parasight System. An exceptional problem solver, Nick is the former Vice President of Engineering at SABIA, Inc.