CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — March 2, 2020
Today, AgroSpheres announced that Daniel Kittle, Ph.D., formerly Vice President of R&D at Dow AgroSciences, has joined the company’s Advisory Board. Dan directed R&D at Dow AgroSciences for 16 years, delivering a portfolio of products through well-targeted research and strategic collaborations. He managed a team of 2,000 researchers and engaged in more than 1,000 projects worldwide in crop protection, seeds, biotechnology, and adjacent agriculture technology spaces. His management of the innovation portfolio elevated Dow AgroSciences to a leading position in the crop protection chemicals industry and a rising position in the seeds and traits industry. His tenure included the commercialization of the most successful fermentation-derived active ingredient in the history of the agricultural market.
“I am pleased to be joining AgroSpheres as an advisor,” Dan commented. “AgroSpheres is developing a novel delivery technology that has enormous potential to improve the delivery of crop protection products. I look forward to working with AgroSpheres’ strong leadership team to help commercialize their AgriCell technology that can provide growers a powerful, sustainable tool to control pests.”
Doug Eisner, AgroSpheres’ CEO, stated, “we are very fortunate to have Dan join AgroSpheres as an advisor at this time. We’re looking forward to working with Dan to streamline the development of our novel AgriCell delivery platform. Dan’s experience and knowledge and broad industry connections will help us quickly advance our products to commercialization.”
Dan adds to an exceptional team of Ag industry leaders on AgroSpheres’ Advisory Board. These advisors include Mark Kester, Ph.D., co-founder of AgroSpheres and Director of the nanoSTAR Institute at the University of Virginia; Per Falholt, Ph.D., former Executive Vice President of R&D at Novozymes; Todd Abraham, Chief Innovation Officer at the Cronos Group; and Kelly Smith, Ph.D., Head of Bioprocessing at Joyn Bio.
AgroSpheres was founded by CTO Ameer Shakeel and COO Payam Pourtaheri and is located in Charlottesville, VA. The company’s mission is to improve the delivery of crop protection products to make them more effective, less costly and better for the environment. AgroSpheres will leverage its novel pesticide delivery technology, the AgriCell, to enhance the performance of crop protection products, giving farmers better tools to control pests. AgroSpheres aims to transform the crop protection industry, improving the lives of growers and consumers while helping to preserve the planet.
For more information, visit www.agrospheres.com