About Larad Vaccines™

Larad, Inc. is an Ohio C-Corp founded on March 15, 2013 and is a self-directed start up with an exclusive worldwide license from The Ohio State University for the IP developed by Dr. Jackwood, a professor at the university. Larad was formed to develop platform VLP technology specifically to address vaccines and diagnostics for animal diseases. Our mission is to improve animal health through the prevention and diagnosis of diseases that affect food animals as well as companion animals.

Through our innovative VLP technology we are able to provide vaccines and diagnostic reagents that easily keep pace with the ever changing kaleidoscope of viruses that cause animal diseases and threaten the global food supply.


Larad, Inc. is located at the BioHio Research Park on the campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio, USA

 Management Team / Board of Directors

Management/Scientific Team


Dr. Daral Jackwood, Chief Science Officer
Dr. Jackwood received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (OSU) in the fields of microbiology and molecular virology. Following a post-doctorate in Biotechnology at Battelle Columbus Laboratories, he joined the OSU faculty in the Food Animal Health Research Program at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, OH. For over 30 years his research has focused on the molecular characteristics of Birnaviruses. He is the inventor on 6 issued patents. He, along with PD Dr. Linda Michel, received the 2016 OARDC Director's Innovator of the Year Award for their work on development and commercialization of VLP vaccines.

Dr. Linda Michel, Project Director
Dr. Michel received her Ph.D. in microbiology from the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University and completed post-docs at Michigan State University and The Ohio State University. She is an experienced molecular biologist who is responsible for leading VLP vaccine projects from development through USDA conditional licensure. She is also the head of Larad's diagnostic testing service.

Board of Directors

A Board of Directors was established shortly after Larad was founded in 2013. The Board, composed of people with both biotechnology and business experience, meets quarterly and is very active in directing and shaping the future of Larad.

Dr. Shauna R Brummet is President & CEO of BioHio Research Park, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), The Ohio State University (OSU). Dr. Brummet has broad experience in life science and agbioscience research, product development, start-up and global companies, open innovation and technology commercialization, and technology-based economic development. She is highly collaborative and connected in the innovation ecosystem. Dr. Brummet fosters an intentional culture of innovation with the faculty, staff, and students of OSU CFAES and builds public-private partnerships to achieve organizational goals. She has experience developing new teams and organizations within existing companies as well as being a founder and early stage member of three companies and a consultancy.  Dr. Brummet holds a BS from Purdue, and MS/PhD from University of Akron, post-doctoral work at OSU. Dr. Brummet currently serves on the governance board of I-Corps@Ohio, the board of directors of BioOhio – the Ohio life sciences industry advocacy organization and the Alpaca Research Foundation. 

Russ Donda is an entrepreneur-in-residence for GLIDE and BioEnterprise. Among a number of startup projects, Mr. Donda was the founding CEO and chairman of the board for ViewRay Inc., which was subsequently funded by OrbiMed Advisors, Fidelity Biosciences, Aisling Capital, Kearny Venture Partners, and Siemens Venture Capital (SVC) GmbH, and is now publicly traded. He was a founding member and co-chair of investment review for the Emergent Growth Fund, an angel investment fund focused on technology businesses.  Mr. Donda is versed in start-up operations, strategic planning, development related issues, marketing, patent law, intellectual property management, and strategic alliance structuring and is, himself, named as an inventor on 15 patents..

Richard E. Remington II has over 42 years in the Oil & Gas Pressure Pumping Industry.  With a BS Degree in Geology from West Virginia University, he worked seven years with the largest worldwide company in this market segment before co-founding a competing company in 1980. His company has provided services for both major oil companies and Independent exploration companies. Mr. Remington’s entire career has been devoted to management, engineering and innovative equipment design to consistently outperform the competition and remain true to his original stated mission of “The Best in the Business”.

Ken Rudd has had a wide ranging career in the Biologics Industry. He has over 40 years of experience in Research, Quality Control, Production, Marketing, Technical Service and Sales. He has worked in the UK, Europe, South Africa and the USA for companies that include Glaxo, Duphar, Salsbury, Solvay and Merial. In 2002, he founded and currently runs BioBusiness Consultants. This consultancy business has involved wide ranging technical and marketing functions within the poultry biologic arena. His last full-time position was Director of Marketing and Technical Services for Merial Select.

Dr. Keith Rushlow has 39 years of experience in conducting and managing discovery and applied R&D programs in academia and industry.  He is a specialist in immunology and pathogenesis of infectious diseases of both human and veterinary importance, Dr. Rushlow is an inventor on 22 issued U.S. patents. Prior employment included 13 years with Abbott Laboratories, having joined the Ross Products Division of Abbott as Senior Manager, Vaccines R&D, and then as Senior Manager, Science and Technology Assessment. Dr. Rushlow also served as VP of R&D at Heska Corporation. He held the positions of Research Associate Professor in Biochemistry at Louisiana State University, and in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. His experience also includes managing multidisciplinary research programs as a Senior Research Scientist at Battelle Columbus Laboratories, and as Senior Scientist at Syngene Products and Research.