Press Release: ONCE Announces New Chief Operating Officer

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (September 20, 2018) – ONCE®, the world’s leading supplier of research-based agricultural lighting systems, announces Luke Dohmen as Chief Operating Officer. Dohmen joined ONCE in 2017 as General Counsel, Chief Patent Officer where he played a key role in the company’s plans to acquire Germany-based iLOX GmbH and its Polish subsidiary iLOX®​ Sp.z.o.o., announced earlier this year.

While continuing to lead ONCE’s General Counsel office, Luke is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that will reduce expenses, increase sales and further grow the company.  “The last several months have been an exciting, yet busy, time and it became clear that to reach our long-term goals we need to ensure operational efforts are as efficient and effective as they can be,” explains Zdenko Grajcar, CEO at ONCE®. “During his time at ONCE®, Luke has not only helped with legal responsibilities, he has also engaged in many additional aspects of the business as well–from financials, to planning and budgeting. In addition, with our engineering and science teams bringing the next generation products into commercialization, I will have the opportunity to spend time researching and developing new technologies.”

Prior to ONCE®, Dohmen was the Chief Patent Counsel for a large medical device developer. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla and a JD from Saint Louis University.

About ONCE®

Once Innovations, Inc. (ONCE®) is the world’s only supplier of research-based animal-centric lighting systems. The company applies photo-biology and optogenetics scientific findings into the development of innovative technologies in agricultural lighting, biosecurity, and hatchery markets with a goal to enhance performance and improve welfare. ONCE® agricultural lighting systems are used by the world’s largest makers of open community chicken, layer, and swine housings. Founded in 2009, the Minnesota-based company is led by lighting industry veteran Zdenko Grajcar. For more information, please visit


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