Charlottesville - AgroSpheres adds Kelly Smith and Michael Kock to the advisory board. “We are pleased to announce the addition of Kelly Smith and Michael Kock to our advisory board. They bring significant experience in fermentation and intellectual property to help advise our scale-up processes and strategic partnership negotiations,” said Doug, CEO.
Kelly Smith is the Director of Microbials at AgBiome and was Head of Pasteuria Bioscience for Syngenta Crop Protection. She was a co-founder of Pasteuria Bioscience, where she was principally responsible for development of the proprietary Pasteuria manufacturing process. She served most recently as CTO prior to its acquisition by Syngenta.
Michael Kock works at the interface between innovation, technology acceptance, and intellectual property for 25 years. With degrees in chemistry, and molecular biology, and international working experience in pharmaceutical and agricultural research his heart beats for enabling innovation in areas of elementary human needs especially food security and health. Until end of 2017 Michael was Head Intellectual Property for Syngenta Crop Protection AG in Basel, Switzerland. Now he assists start-up companies to design holistic IP, freedom-to-operate, and value capture strategies. As a qualified European and Swiss Patent Attorney, Michael regularly lectures on IP and has published multiple papers on plant IP issues in peer reviewed law journals.