Charlottesville–AgroSpheres adds Per Falholt and Todd Abraham to the advisory board.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Per and Todd on board. They bring a wealth of biotech and agriculture knowledge to the team. Per and Todd bring a C-suite perspective to our decision making process,” said Reese Blackwell, CEO.
Per Falholt was the Executive Vice President of R&D for Novozymes. Per started his career as a research chemist and continued to work for Novozymes for over 30 years where he pioneered the enzyme industry. In leadership, he helped grow the R&D department from 400 to 1350 employees. While at the helm, Novozymes received multiple top global innovation accolades.
“In more than 30 years working in the enzyme industry, I’ve seen quite a few enzyme technology companies — AgroSpheres is one of them I’m really excited about. Their technology can make significant breakthroughs in the field of enzyme immobilization, providing low-cost solutions that will open doors to new markets,” said Per Falholt.
Todd Abraham was the Senior Vice President, Research and Nutrition, Mondelēz International where he was responsible for worldwide technology development and strategy, long term cross category Research Programs, Analytical Sciences, Open Innovation, Consumer Sciences and Knowledge Management across the enterprise as well as having accountability for the Reading Scientific Services LTD business in Reading, UK. He has developed R&D programs targeted at capitalizing on long term consumer trends through technology initiatives ensuring Mondelez delivers its public wellbeing commitments around healthier snacking as well as being accountable for the venture capital relationships.
“The novel technology that AgroSpheres has developed can have a wide range of positive impacts in the agriculture and enzyme industries. I am very excited to help guide the technical development and regulatory approval process,” said Todd Abraham.
Per and Todd will help AgroSpheres think through fastest paths to market and best end market applications for its platform. They will also serve as sounding boards as AgroSpheres builds out its R&D capabilities.