About Us

iAdvantage is a Collaborative, Diverse and Efficient Software Development Team

Creating Value Through Vision and Commitment

Our eStudy software was created at the beginning of the new millennium to address a desperate need to complete and report regulatory chemical and biological studies in a timely manner. Study directors were engulfed in manual paper processes and tedious report-writing. It was evident that electronic study management tools that would allow flexibility in designing studies and capturing data would vastly improve efficiency.

Our software solution to this problem, eStudy, saves time in data management and report generation while reducing management costs and opportunity for error.

iAdvantage and eStudy were born out of our recognition of an industry-wide need for such an effective solution.



Lafayette (Fate) Thompson, PhD

CEO, Chief Science Officer

Dr. Thompson founded AASI, the parent of iAdvantage Software, Inc. in 1982 following a distinguished career in both academia at the University of Kentucky and North Carolina State University, and in the commercial world with CIBA-Geigy (now Syngenta). Dr. Thompson possesses a unique understanding of the researcher's needs. A decisive, results-oriented, bottom-line leader, Dr. Thompson provides the passionate entrepreneurial drive behind iAdvantage Software, which he founded in 1999.

Dr. Thompson received his undergraduate degree from N.C. State University and his Ph.D. from University of Illinois.


Les Thompson

Vice President of Business Development

Les has been involved in agriculture and horticulture for over 40 years. His involvement started at a young age on the original American Ag Services field station in Wilson, NC. He moved on to Landscape Design at North Carolina State University. Les has remained active in the horticulture industry of North Carolina in roles that involved sales, design, installation, client acquisition and retention, and business ownership. He brings over 25 years of experience forging and retaining relationships with clients, vendors, outsourced contractors, and colleagues.


Jamie Blackburn

Director of Software Development

Jamie Blackburn brings extensive experience providing technical solutions for research, clinical, and commercial clients by demonstrating leadership for the complete development and implementation of enterprise enabled programs. He has helped organizations identify their goals & needs and then create a platform that delivers. He uses methodologies as a core systematic approach to ensure that the business, not technology, is kept at the center of development. Previously, he was Director for SciMed Solutions, Vice President of Learning for both 3DCommunications, an FDA communications company, as well as Synaptis, a knowledge transfer company located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Jamie was a former senior director of GlaxoSmithKline’s IT team, where he led key enterprise-wide interactive programs to drive top-line revenue for brand teams.


Rich Patterson, PhD, RQAP-GLP

Adviser and Senior Consultant

Dr. Richard Patterson has extensive and wide-ranging experience in Research and Development of agricultural chemical and biotechnology products.  Dr. Patterson established RJ Patterson and Associates to provide quality assurance and regulatory compliance consulting for diverse disciplines required for technology development, management, and transfer in agriculture and biotechnology.  His client base has included numerous large companies plus smaller companies including start-ups.  He is an expert and long-time leader in GLP quality assurance and regulatory compliance. Previously, Dr. Patterson led the initiation and establishment of CIBA-GEIGY Corporation’s Biotechnology Research Unit in Research Triangle Park, NC USA. Then, as the first President of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Dr. Patterson laid the foundation for the Center to become a vital catalyst for biotechnology research and business.

Dr. Patterson received his PhD in Plant Physiology from University of California at Davis followed by post-doctoral research at Cornell University.

About Us Carla

Carla Wells

Director of Customer Service

Carla has been with iAdvantage from its launch in 1999 and has detailed knowledge of every facet of eStudy and the development process. With more than 30 years of IT experience spanning multiple industries, she works tirelessly to accommodate the software needs of our many clients. Carla is well versed in hardware and software development and maintenance.  She has more than 20 years of experience in EPA GLP and computer validation requirements for systems used in GLP data management and reporting.

About Us Kevin

Kevin Kelley, PhD

Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Kelley has been involved in agricultural research and development to support the agricultural industry for 20+ years. Projects have included crop residue and environmental fate under GLP guidelines, field efficacy of products for weed, insect and disease control, as well as USDA-APHIS regulated GMO crop research.  Dr. Kelley’s experience includes postdoctoral research for the USDA-ARS potato breeding program and field research for AgraServ, Inc.

Kevin earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

About Us Kelly

Kelly Chapman

Business Development Manager

Kelly is a life-long member of the agricultural community. Her diverse agricultural involvement includes row crops, specialty crops, horticulture, livestock, and business management.   She has been privileged to work in weed science, traditional plant breeding, DNA/protein/transgenic organisms, plant pathology, and basic agronomic practices. Her career has involved R&D support roles for Dow, DuPont, F.W. Rickard Seed Company, Bayer CropScience, iAdvantage Software, and American Agricultural Services.

Kelly holds a Masters’ degree in Crops Science (Plant Breeding & Genetics) from North Carolina State University.

About Us Zeke

Zeke Naulty

Lead Developer

Zeke Naulty is iAdvantage's Lead Software Developer/Architect, responsible for the success of many products. Zeke is an advocate of SaaS, REST and has been leading teams in that direction for over 10 years.

With 20+ years of industry experience, Zeke is highly skilled in the web, mobile, and desktop development space. Currently Zeke is interested in and exploring NoSQL, Block Chain, and full stack development in a complete JavaScript echo system.


Matt Rocha


Matthew Rocha is iAdvantage's Junior Software Developer responsible for developing, and maintaining the software. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he holds a bachelor's degree in both Computer Science and French. During his years as a developer Matt has nurtured interests in Bio-Informatics, Competitive Programming, and Machine Learning.


Daniel Thompson

Information Technology Intern

Daniel Thompson brings technical support to the company in several different areas of Information Technology. He is CompTIA A+ certified and will receive his Associates Degree in Business Administration by the end of 2020. He is the proud father of an adorable little girl and a devoted husband to his wonderful wife. Stay tuned for further updates on Daniel.

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