About US

Our Mission

Our mission at Biotrophics is discovering and applying the power of the insect for the benefit of humanity.

Biotrophics’ goal is to engineer and grow strains of insects with characteristics that are beneficial for various agricultural markets. Biotrophics has proprietary technology that allows engineering of certain species to exhibit characteristics otherwise unable to be achieved through selection processes and other conventional genetic engineering methods.

Meet our team

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Sam Glickstein

Sam has always had a passion for science and environmental issues. His interests have evolved from beginnings in marine biology, to taking an interest in the effects humanity has on the environment. Hydroponic agriculture was his first career interest. After moving to TX to help run a small hydroponic farming company and then moving back to MD to start his own operation, Sam's interests evolved into recirculating aquaculture for its ability to raise high quality seafood on land. 

While investigating aquaculture, Sam saw that fishmeal was the (unsustainable) main source of protein for raising fish. Sam saw the immense potential for insects not only as a sustainable protein replacement for animals and livestock, but also for humans. 

Biotrophics was born in January 2017 to produce high quality protein sources with minimal ecological impact and use insects as a tool for biotech, medicinal, industrial, and chemical industries. 


Biology, 2012

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Chief Science Officer

Lajos Baranyi, PhD

Lajos has 25+ years in the biotech industry. He has been published in Nature and several other notable scientific journals throughout this career.


Chief Financial Officer

Stefan Hoenicke

Stefan brings his financial expertise from his experience in corporate banking in Europe and from his time as VP of Citibank, Mid-Atlantic Region.


ADVISOR - governmental relations & Sales

Chris Hlubb

Chris has 15+ years of international expertise in food and aquaculture businesses. He is currently the Managing Member of American Salmon.


ADVISOR - business development & Marketing

Sam Zappas

Sam is a serial entrepreneur with experience in the pet market and ecommerce. He has experience with product licensing and is the co-founder of appbackr.