Investing in the future
of food and agriculture.

With support from our investors and board members, we’re generating information that counts for the people who raise our food. Technology that improves animal health, increases productivity, and protects access to treatment interventions has great implications for the sustainability of agriculture.

“AAD fits well into our mission as investors as it offers advanced technologies that help livestock producers manage their animals better and run more efficiently as a business. As with human diagnostics, we want early indications so we can treat diseases more efficiently and minimize their damage.
Applying these advanced technologies to the health of animals raised to provide nutrition to humans is of great importance to livestock producers in this country and around the world, and to all of us as consumers.”
News that counts.

“Seeing the Proof” 
Dr. Mitch Hockett’s first encounter with QScout MLD

“When I saw how I could implement QScout MLD on my own cows, it became exciting to talk with other producers, too,” he says. “At AAD, we really want to see producers be successful. QScout generates the data needed to make informed, profitable management decisions.”

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Bob Shapiro of Cultivian Sandbox
AAD Board Chairman

Board of Directors
Bob Shapiro 

Bob Shapiro is the co-founder and managing director of Sandbox Industries, a venture capital firm that partners with Cultivian Sandbox for investments in food and agriculture technology. He is the former chairman of Pharmacia, chairman and CEO of Monsanto, and chairman and CEO of The NutraSweet Company. Bob previously served as vice president and general counsel of G.D. Searle & Company and General Instrument Corporation. Prior to this, he practiced law in New York City and was a professor of law at Northeastern University in Boston and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Dennis J. Dougherty

Dennis Dougherty is the founder and managing partner of Intersouth Partners. He holds primary responsibility for Intersouth’s life science portfolio, which has included companies in pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as agribusiness companies like Athenix. He has served on the Boards of Directors of over three dozen startup companies, frequently working with companies from founding through IPO or acquisition. Dennis is a founder of the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association and Chairman of the Education Committee which developed training programs for new venture capitalists. He was also on the Steering Committee of the Kauffman Fellows Program, and served as a Mentor for two classes. Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma City University, where he was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.


Dr. Ben Shelton, DVM

Dr. Ben Shelton and his wife, Mimi, own and operate Rocky Creek Dairy & Veterinary Services near Olin, N.C., which combines an operating dairy farm and a veterinary practice. Rocky Creek Dairy milks an average of 1,250 cows and raises an additional 1,600 heifers, with a focus on developing cows with longevity and producing high-quality milk. In addition to his dairy farm and bovine veterinary practice, Dr. Shelton is active in dairy industry promotional organizations, serving as vice president of the Chatham, Virginia-based Cobblestone Cooperative.

Joy Parr Drach 
President & CEO

Joy Parr Drach is president and chief executive officer of AAD and brings a unique combination of agribusiness and new product introduction expertise to the company. She was a founder and senior partner of Entira, a management and marketing consulting firm for agribusiness companies, where she led strategic planning and implemented management and marketing programs with clients, ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 100 industry leaders. She has successfully launched more than 30 new products, ranging from U.S. dairy parlors to global herbicides to spray equipment, guiding product development, pricing strategies, distribution plans, sales training and marketing/promotion planning and execution.


Joy also is actively involved in her family’s grain and purebred livestock operation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from the University of Illinois and Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.