Pamela Marrone to Speak on 'Overview of Discovery and Development Of Natural Products for Pest Management, Entrepreneurial Experience'
March 7, 2012
Pamela Marrone will speak on 'Overview of Discovery and Development of Natural Products for Pest Management and the Entrepreneurial Experience' at 11 a.m., Friday March 9 in 1022 Live Sciences.
DAVIS--Pamela Marrone, chief executive officer and founder of the Davis-based Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., will speak on 'Overview of Discovery and Development of Natural Products for Pest Management and the Entrepreneurial Experience' at 11 a.m., Friday, March 9 in 1022 Life Sciences.
The building is located at the corner of Hutchison Drive and Kleiber Hall Drive.
The seminar is sponsored by the UC Davis Biotechnology Program, College of Biological Science-Section of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the College of Engineering.
Marrone has a bachelor's degree in entomology with honors and distinction from Cornell University and a doctorate in entomology from North Carolina State University.
With the global population growing from 7 to 10 billion by 2050, there is an intense debate about how to best feed the world. Pam Marrone will provide an overview of the market drivers toward sustainable food production and where different technologies fit in. She will also speak about her journey from scientist to serial entrepreneur, having started up three natural product pest management companies in Davis.
Biosketch: Marrone is the CEO/founder of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), a Davis-based company she started in 2006 "to discover and develop effective and environmentally responsible natural products that fill unmet needs for pest, weed and water resource management." She raised $40 million in venture capital to fund the company.
The company’s award winning Regalia® Biofungicide is rapidly growing in fruit, nut and vegetable markets. MBI is launching Zequanox® for invasive zebra and quagga mussels and Grandevo™ Bioinsecticide, with two more waiting EPA approval and several more in the pipeline.
In April 2011, Marrone was awarded the Natural Resources Defense Council's Growing Green Award in the business leader category, which recognizes new pioneers in sustainable farming and food. In 2011, Regalia® Biofungicide was named “Best New Biofungicide” by Agrow, the leading news organization for the crop protection industry. MBI received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in 2008. In 2009, the company received a California Department of Pesticide Regulation IPM Innovator Award and was named to the Investors Circle "Top 20" as a top achiever in financial, social, and environmental success.
Marrone founded AgraQuest in 1995 and served as its CEO, chairman and president until March 2006. At AgraQuest, she raised $60 million in venture capital and commercialized seven biopesticides. She received the Presidential Green Chemistry Award for small business in 2003 and Red Herring magazine’s Top 100 private Company Award and the World Technology Award for the Environment in 2004. Before AgraQuest, she was the founding president and business unit head for the Davis-based Entotech, Inc. (1990-1995), a successful biopesticide subsidiary of Denmark-based Novo Nordisk (sold to Abbott in 1995).
At Monsanto (1983-1990), Marrone led the Insect Biology Group, which was involved in pioneering projects to replace chemical pesticides. She has been featured in the news media many times – the Wall Street Journal (front page, November 2005), National Public Radio, LA Times, Fortune, USA Today, Entrepreneur, Chemical & Engineering News, and others. She is a past president and current board member of the Board of the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists and is board member-treasurer of the Organic Farming Research Foundation. She founded the Biopesticide Industry Alliance, a trade association of more than 60 biopesticide companies and affiliates.
Marrone currently serves on the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Pest Management Advisory Committee, which advises the director on ag and urban IPM. She is a member of the UC Davis Ag & Environmental Sciences Dean's Advisory Council.
Other high honors: Marrone is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected by her peers. She was named the Sacramento Chamber's 2001 Businesswoman of the Year and Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and a 2003 recipient of the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Award of Distinction.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology