Company

Historically, advances in agriculture have come in great leaps with radical changes occuring in relatively short periods of time. AgBiome is leading the way in the next agricultural revolution with the most innovative use of the plant microbiome for genetic traits and biological pesticides.

AgBiome is a biotechnology company located in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. We have partnerships with leading agricultural companies that accelerate our discovery process and allow us to deliver solutions for global markets.

Investors & Partners

AgBiome is supported by a powerful syndicate of outstanding investors.

ARCH Venture Partners Premier provider of seed and early stage venture capital for technology firms, with a special competence in co-founding and building firms from start-up.

Harris and Harris Group Venture capital company specializing in nanotechnology and microsystems that operates as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Polaris Partners Venture capital firm with passion for innovation that has relationships with outstanding visionaries principally in technology and healthcare.

Pontifax Global Food and Agriculture Technology Fund (Pontifax Ag Tech) Pontifax AgTech is a pioneering growth capital investor in food and agriculture technology.

The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) UTIMCO is a 501(c)(3) external investment management corporation formed to oversee investments for The University of Texas and Texas A&M Systems. Created in March 1996, UTIMCO was the first external investment corporation formed by a public university system.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live healthy, productive lives.

AgBiome has three strategic investors. These firms receive no special rights for their equity investments.

Leaps by Bayer, a new innovation initiative whose mission is to aim for fundamental breakthroughs in the life sciences – ‘leaps’ that have the potential to change our world for the better.

Novozymes Novozymes is the world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, the company helps improve industrial performance while preserving the planet’s resources and helping build better lives. As the world’s largest provider of enzyme and microbial technologies, its bioinnovation enables higher agricultural yields, low-temperature washing, energy-efficient production, renewable fuel and many other benefits that we rely on today and in the future.

Syngenta Ventures Venture capital arm of Syngenta that invests in companies with the potential to help growers around the world farm more productively.

Our Team

 

Elka Armstrong

Entomology
 

Courtney Austin

Transformation
 

Tim Ave-Lallemant

Nematology
 

Natarajan “Bala” Balachander

Business Development
 

Vadim Beilinson

Scientific Leadership
 

Matt Biggs

Bioinformatics
 

Brooke Bissinger

Entomology
 

Aaron Blue

Logistics
 

Lisa Bonsor

Accounting
 

Mauricio Borgen

Information Technology
 

Tyson Bowen

Molecular Biology
 

Don Bradley

Logistics / Packaging
 

Allie Briner

LifeEdit
 

Jenna Bryant

Administration
 

Toni Bucci

Business Development
 

Adrienne Carrington

Microbiology
 

John Clark

Greenhouse
 

Brian Corbin

Business Development
 

Kelly Craig

Microbiology
 

Robin Dale

Greenhouse
 

Larry Daquioag

Administration
 

Michele Doyle

Transformation
 

Tedd Elich

Scientific Leadership
 

Marie Encarnacion

Entomology
 

Billie Espejo

Plant Pathology
 

Esther Gachango

Plant Pathology
 

Liz Gaston

Marketing and Communications
 

Ryan Gerber

Molecular Biology
 

Andrew Graham

Finance
 

Melissa Gray

Molecular Biology
 

Phil Hammer

Plant Pathology
 

Ben Holt

Scientific Leadership
 

Dave Ingham

Scientific Leadership
 

Jared Jensen

Nematology
 

Karen Juan

Administration
 

Rebekah Deter Kelly

Partnerships
 

Chad Keyser

Entomology
 

Srujana Koganti

Fermentation and Formulation
 

Dylan Kraus

Entomology
 

James Kremer

Microbiology
 

Mary Kroner

Entomology
 

Ken Laderman

Manufacturing
 

Dylan Lopenzina

Operations / Logistics
 

Amber McGuire

Entomology
 

Bond McInnes

Sales
 

Clare Murray

Business Development
 

Larry Nea

Transformation
 

Kirk Nelson

Sales Operations
 

Kayla Owens

Fermentation and Formulation
 

N. “Shank” Palekar

Entomology
 

Jessica Parks

Bioinformatics
 

Jill Paulik

Scientific Leadership
 

Chip Peele

Molecular Biology
 

Chuck Pepe-Ranney

Bioinformatics
 

Vinh Pham

Microbiology
 

Ted Piatt

Sales
 

John C. Rabby

Business Development
 

Scott Rabe

Scientific Leadership
 

Tracy Raines

Partnerships
 

Kira Roberts

Bioinformatics
 

Rodrigo Sarria

Scientific Leadership
 

Alex Schlesinger

Fermentation and Formulation
 

Miroslav Sedlak

Fermentation and Formulation
 

Amy Shekita

Microbiology
 

James Sievert

Fermentation and Formulation
 

Lee Simmons

Commercial Field Operations
 

Amber Smith

Fermentation and Formulation
 

Kelly Smith

Scientific Leadership
 

Sinnikka Smith

Microbiology
 

Murray Spruill

Intellectual Property
 

Rebecca Thayer

Bioinformatics
 

Tonya Tiedje

Fermentation and Formulation
 

Dan Tomso

Scientific Leadership
 

Hai Tran

Entomology
 

Jake Trimble

Microbiology
 

Mathias Twizeyimana

Plant Pathology
 

Katie Tyson

Pipeline
 

Scott Uknes

Board of Directors, Co-CEO, Scientific Leadership
 

Eric Ward

Board of Directors, Co-CEO, Scientific Leadership
 

Christy Wiggins

Nematology
 

Kelly Williamson

Intellectual Property

Our Advisors

 

Dieter Berg

Advisor
 

Jeff Dangl

Advisor
 

Nick Duck

Advisor
 

David Fischhoff

Advisor
 

Roger Kemble

Advisor
 

Mike Lassner

Advisor
 

Ruth Ley

Advisor
 

Vince Morton

Advisor
 

Paul Schulze-Lefert

Advisor
 

Julia Vorholt

Advisor

Board of Directors

 

Kristina Burow

Board of Directors
 

Thomas Dietz

Board of Directors
 

Mike Koziel

Board of Directors
 

Amir Nashat

Board of Directors
 

Patrick Pace, M.D.

Board of Directors
 

John Ryals

Board of Directors
 

Scott Uknes

Board of Directors, Co-CEO, Scientific Leadership
 

Eric Ward

Board of Directors, Co-CEO, Scientific Leadership