Derek Petry Joins Newsham Choice Genetics as Vice President of Research & Development

Geneticist Derek Petry, Ph.D., has been named Vice President of Research & Development and Nucleus Production at Newsham Choice Genetics, one of the world’s leading pig genetics companies.


Petry brings to Newsham valuable experience in genetic advancement leadership, with his most recent position being with Triumph Foods in St. Joseph, Missouri as the technical leader of the company’s research and food quality/safety programs.


Based out of Newsham’s West Des Moines headquarters, Petry will oversee the genetic advancement program and genetic team for Choice Genetics, the global pig genetics holding company for both the Newsham and Pen Ar Lan brands.


“Derek has a broad range of experience with multiple technologies driving genetic advancement,” says Mark Weaver, DVM, CEO of Newsham Choice Genetics. “His exceptional knowledge of integrated systems will enhance our product development and add a new dimension to the value we bring to our customers.”


“I am excited about the opportunity that Newsham Choice Genetics offers," says Petry. “I have found that, in any organization, there is no substitute for continually learning, adapting, and improving.


“Our customers understandably expect their genetic provider to be second to none,” he adds, “It is my mission, as the leader of the group, to ensure this is true in all aspects of the business.”


Petry earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University majoring in poultry science. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he earned an MBA as well as a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in animal science focusing on quantitative and molecular science with a minor in statistics. Petry will complete a work toward a Master’s Degree in food science from Kansas State University in early 2013.