Mixer and Keynote Address: Insights from a Serial Ag Biotech Entrepreneur Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 5 – 7pm
Room:Double Tree Modesto
Location of Event:Other
Contact Email:lalowry@ucdavis.edu
Contact Phone #:530-752-1827
Event Type:Food and Agriculture, Free Events, Lectures and Seminars, Receptions, Banquets and Networking, Special Events, Workshops and Training
Presented by:Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Sponsored by:Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Pamela Marrone founded Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) in 2006 to discover and develop effective and environmentally responsible, biologically based products for pest management and plant health. In August 2013 she led the company IPO on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

Prior to establishing MBI, Marrone founded AgraQuest (1995-2006), where she served as CEO, chairman and president. Before AgraQuest, she was founding president of Entotech Inc. (1990-1995), a biopesticide subsidiary of Novo Nordisk. She started her career in biopesticides, leading the Insect Biology group at Monsanto (1983-1990), which was involved in pioneering projects based on natural products and plant biotechnology.

Marrone is the founding chair of the Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA), a trade association of more than 100 biopesticide and related companies; is on the board of the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists Foundation; and is a past board member and treasurer of the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

In 2016 Marrone was elected to Cornell University’s Board of Trustees. She also serves on the UC Davis College of Ag and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council, and for many years served on the Cornell University College of Ag and Life Sciences Dean’s Council. She is the treasurer of the Association for Women in Science.

She was recently appointed to the board of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, which brings together leading experts to identify and investigate the questions whose answers have the potential to enhance the economic and environmental resilience of our food supply.

Marrone has a B.S. in entomology with honors and distinction from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in entomology from North Carolina State University. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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