From Farm to Fork

Consumers and producers of food expect the highest levels of quality and safety in the products that touch their lives. Avazyme is dedicated to provide our agricultural and food industry clients with a complete line of fresh and user-friendly testing and consultative solutions, leading to confidence in the food supply from farm to fork.


Food Value Chain

The food value chain is the process by which your food goes from you to your customers.


Our Services

Avazyme’s comprehensive services include food safety analyses for contaminants, pathogens and allergens, food quality and nutrition analysis, genetic trait testing and preparation of regulatory submission data packages. Learn more about our services here

Meet Our Team

Volker Borneman, Ph.D., CEO
Volker Bornemann is a results-oriented Business and R&D Executive with a demonstrated track record of leading innovation, change, and business integration within corporate and research settings. Over the past 25 years he has held a number of leadership roles in regulatory science and food safety R &D in the agricultural solutions industry and more recently in environmental and lifescience laboratory service businesses. He has a wealth of international, operational, business development and technology related experience developing and growing science and technology solution based companies, teams and laboratories in the life sciences marketplace. He is the founder and CEO of Avazyme, Inc., a North Carolina based corporation.

In 2015 Volker was also appointed Adjunct Professor by the Department of Chemistry in the College of Science of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Volker holds a degree in Chemistry (Vordiplom) from Universität Hamburg in Germany, and a PH.D. in Chemistry from Rice University, Houston, Texas. He had a Post-Doc appointment at the University of Hawaii, working on marine and algal natural products, and has completed extensive executive education at Harvard Business School.

Steve Werness, M.S., M.S., Analytical Laboratory Director
Stephen_wernessSteve has over 30 years hands-on experience in mass spectrometry and chromatography based analytical methods as well as general spectroscopy technologies. His extensive knowledge spans the qualitative and quantitative analysis of pharmaceutical and crop protection active ingredients, pesticide residue chemistry, bioanalytical measurements for pharmacokinetic (PK) and ADME  (adsorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion) studies supporting pre-clinical research and development programs for small and large pharmaceutical companies, including Parke-Davis and Pfizer.  During his tenure with BASF Agricultural Solutions Division, he played a pivotal role in establishing the new spectroscopy platform in BASF’s Research Triangle Park GLP laboratory, implementing the then new atmospheric pressure ionization technology for the efficient and effective quantitation and metabolite identification of new pesticides in crops and processed foods. During his career, Steve had the opportunity to hone his leadership and customer services skills, guiding his team to fulfill the analytical needs of internal and external clients and partners in a high pressure, timeline driven, and uncertain environment. He also very successfully applied his teaching skills, helping to create and foster a culture of continuous knowledge seeking and knowledge sharing with his colleagues.

Steve has a M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Michigan, a B.A. in Chemistry from Carleton College, and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Suzanne Bornemann, M.A., Director of Marketing


Suzanne’s experience in corporate communications includes thirteen years as a scientific writer, editor, and translator for publicly traded global companies. She successfully prepared Dossiers for pesticide registrations for European and US Regulatory submissions (EPA, FDA, PMRA, EFSA). Suzanne produced publish-ready reports and the BioTech section of the Annual Report, as well as specification documents for a global LIMS System, where she was able to apply her background in Artificial Intelligence.

At ManTech Environmental, Suzanne was chief editor for the Health Effect Research Laboratory (HERL), preparing and managing the reports and deliverables to the EPA; as well as documents, reports and publications for NIEHS, DOD, DOE; and NIH cancer detection/efficacy studies. As Sales professional for Kinlin Grover Real Estate, Suzanne developed a strategy for Inbound and Outbound Marketing, executing print and digital advertising, and Social Media. Her expert negotiating skills earned trust, loyalty, and advocacy of the brand. She also coached professionals/diplomats (from Europe, Asia, and South America) for communications and was also an instructor in Symbolic Logic at Houston and Honolulu Community College; and in Business Communications and Linguistics at Universität Germersheim in Germany.

Suzanne holds a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii and a M.A. from Rice University in Philosophy (of Logic).