There is usually a moment that defines your actions and for Clean Bite, it was a specific experience of the founder, John Gallagher.
Forty-eight years ago, serving as an Army medic, John was stationed on an amputee ward at the Walson Army Hospital in Fort Dix, N.J., during the Vietnam War era. Assigned to an amputee ward, his experience with one particular soldier would plant the seed for his future endeavor with Clean Bite. In a moment, the stark contrast between the two became painfully obvious. The recognition of this young man's new limitations is something that has stuck with John all these years.
Fast forward to 2017, John is fully invested in propelling Clean Bite forward and potentially changing the lives of individuals all around the globe. Clean Bite not only offers a solution but is fueled by the passion and determination of a team of members looking to bring this revolutionary product to fruition.
DCB, was formed in January 2009 as Limited Liability Company by John H. Gallagher, Jr., the inventor of Clean Bite™, and has been Angel funded since its inception. With the help of the initial investors and the funds they provided, a solid business plan was developed and a team of doctoral disciplines in chemistry, dentistry, law, and pharmacology followed. Additionally, the design of manufacturing equipment has been advanced using CAD (computer assisted design), as well as plant operations and processes in bulk manufacturing providing scale.
Meet the Management Team
Lead by John Gallagher, the management team is almost totally comprised of active investors offering pro bono or discounted services. Decision-making is collaborative and based on consensus. Gallagher has brought about a membership comprised of Five retired “C” executives of ARAMARK Corporation, Five Doctoral Degree Members, Ph.D. (organic chemistry), D.D.S., D.M.D., Pharm. D., One JD, LL.M, plus One RADM, USN (RET), One CMDR, USN (RET), One CPA and One MA in Industrial Arts.
John H. Gallagher Jr.
Founder & Managing Member
As the inventor, he has developed the Clean Bite™ from concept to reality and built the development team. Previously, he was SVP of AmeraCash Solutions, Inc., where he oversaw the recruitment of 400 independent merchants to establish Philadelphia’s largest POS network of utility payment locations. Prior to that he founded and was President of both American Recreational Builders, Inc. which constructed athletic facilities from 1973 to 1979 and was renamed Gallagher and Associates, Inc. when merging with Gallagher and Associates (Palm Springs, CA) transitioning to a unionized construction company specializing in the restoration of concrete and steel and the application of protective coatings. Primary clientele was the U.S. government (military, federal and state agencies) and industrial plants with projects ranging from U.S. Naval ships to bridge and highway infrastructure.
Head of Equipment Design &
Mr. Holder is the CEO of Thomas Holder Inc., a design firm he established in 1987. His CAD design expertise includes SolidWorks, the most popular 3D solid modeling software. Mr. Holder holds a BS from California State College (now California University of Pennsylvania) in Industrial Arts Education, and a Master’s in Industrial Arts from Millersville University. Mr. Holder has designed, developed and built food production equipment and related plant packaging lines for some of the most familiar food brands in the U.S. He is responsible for the design, and assembly of the first endothermic injection equipment, and will lead in the development of the high speed endothermic injection equipment.
Roman Bielski, Ph.D.
Director and Chemist with expertise in the total synthesis of carbohydrates and pheromones, formation of micro and nanocapsules for the controlled delivery, synthesis of polymers and radio-labeled compounds, ultra-sensitive detection and measurements in biological fluids, food and petroleum products. Dr. Bielski co-founded several small companies (Petramec, Petrotraces, Attochrom/Biotraces). At present, he is a Senior Scientist in Value Recovery, Inc., one of four partners in Cheminnolab, LLC., Adjunct Professor at the Pharmaceutical Department of the Wilkes University and has been elected a Secretary of the Chemical Consultants Network. Dr. Bielski developed a novel technology enabling the recovery of various waste components (using phase transfer catalysis), a method that economically destroys methyl bromide from fumigations and a novel material formulation for a disposable oral hygiene product based on cross-linked gelatin. Dr. Bielski holds a Masters degree in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry (with O. Achmatowicz of the Achmatowicz reaction). He was a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College in London with the Nobel laureate Sir Derek Barton. He worked in academia at Warsaw Agricultural University, Cornell University, and Lehigh University.
D. Craig Callaghan, Esquire
In-House General Council
DCB’s In-house General Council and a Director. Prior to joining DCB Craig practiced law for more than 25 years as a litigator at top tier firms in Philadelphia. He has represented clients in business counseling, complex litigation and alternate dispute resolution. Craig is experienced in handling internal investigations, risk management, labor and employment, trade secrets and mass torts. He has also served as an arbitrator in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Compulsory Arbitration Program and as a trained certified mediator. His clients included, among others, major pharmaceutical companies and a top five accounting firm. Craig is an honors graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law where he graduated top of his class. He has been certified as a trained mediator by the Lancaster Mediation Center. Craig also attended the University of Houston where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in English literature. Before attending law school, Craig taught remedial reading to 7th and 8th grade inner city students in the Houston Independent School District. Following law school, Craig taught at Villanova University School of Law as a legal writing instructor. Bar Admissions: Texas (Inactive), Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.