David is the CEO of CiBO Technologies. Prior to joining CiBO, David directed the commercial and public practice areas for Palantir Technologies. During his tenure at Palantir, David helped grow the firm from a startup to one of the most valuable privately held software companies in the world (approx. US$20bn)
Driven by Purpose
We strive to create a better state of being for all people and the planet by realizing the possibilities of our agricultural ecosystems.
Understanding the Opportunities of our
The way we produce the crops is not sustainable. We believe that the complexity of this challenge can only be solved by understanding agriculture at the systems-level —from the macro-variables like changing climate patterns that affect entire agricultural ecosystems down to to the micro-impacts these changes have on things like a plant or soil’s physiology.
We founded CiBO to simulate agricultural ecosystems for any crop, any location, and any scenario, so that we can answer important and valuable challenges that have been unsolvable to date; challenges related to food security, sustainability, profitability, waste, and quality of both food and the environment. We are committed to finding solutions that aren’t zero-sum and which make the planet better, for all.
We’re scientists and engineers. The agricultural issues we face require an interdisciplinary approach and an understanding of both scientific variables and modern computational tools. We’ve assembled a team of world-class executive leaders who come from companies like Palantir Technologies, Syngenta, Monsanto, IBM, and McKinsey and Company, with combined expertise across data science, agronomy, software design, biology, and computational modeling.
Kim brings vast industry knowledge to CiBO Technologies, joining the company from McKinsey & Co., where she was a Partner in the Food and Agriculture Practice. Previously, she was a Senior Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group. Wagner sits on several boards for not-for-profit organizations that have agricultural, sustainability and/or educational missions, and co-owns and operates a vineyard and farm winery/distillery in the Hudson Valley of NY.
Bruno is a co-founder of CiBO Technologies. An internationally recognized agricultural systems scientist, he is a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Michigan State University. His research concentrates on the understanding of spatial and temporal variability of crop yield, water, and nutrients.
Suresh brings a 25-year track record of success in new product introduction, business models, go-to-market strategies, and software development. Prior to CiBO, Suresh was SVP of Products and Marketing at Exa Corporation, a company that provides a physics-based simulation platform for ground transportation, aerospace, and oil & gas industries and held various leadership roles at Aspen Technology. Suresh is a member of the board of directors of GSE Systems.
As Chief People Officer, Michelle helps to ensure CiBO Technologies is an exciting and motivating place to work. She leads human resources including recruiting and employee relations, bringing over 25 years of experience from fast-paced, high-growth technology companies such as Black Duck Software.
As Vice President and General Counsel at CiBO Technologies, Michael is responsible for a team of lawyers and professionals covering all aspects of the company’s legal affairs, including corporate governance, strategic objectives, compliance, litigation, intellectual property and licensing, and legal support for CiBO’s commercial transactions. Prior to joining CiBO, Michael was Vice President and General Counsel at EnerNOC, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENOC), a provider of energy intelligence software and services.
Dale joined CiBO Technologies as Vice President of Agronomy. Dale led global technology innovation at Monsanto, as well as developing a precision agriculture platform for the US Corn Belt with a team. He also directed field research and agronomy efforts of The Climate Corporation (a Monsanto subsidiary), a digital agriculture company that examines weather, soil, and field data.
Ryan leads software engineering and data science at CiBO. After bootstrapping a genomics startup, he spent six years at Monsanto, leading a Scala-distributed data mining team for the company’s biotech R&D department, cloud transformation in IT, and ultimately IT’s Monsanto Labs.
David is the CEO of CiBO Technologies. Prior to joining CiBO, David directed the commercial and public practice areas for Palantir Technologies. During his tenure at Palantir, David helped grow the firm from a startup to one of the most valuable privately held software companies in the world (approx. US$20bn).
Ignacio is a Partner at Flagship Pioneering, where he focuses on sustainability and life sciences investments with a special interest in the agricultural sector.
Previously, Ignacio was the Managing Director of Syngenta Ventures and was also involved in corporate venture capital activities, managing the relationship as a limited partner with Life Science Partners BioVentures, and the Gilde European Food and Agribusiness. Prior to Syngenta, Ignacio was the Chief Financial Officer of Progenika Group and spent several years working for Najeti Ventures Fund.
Ignacio holds a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration from Deusto University in Spain and an International MBA from Instituto de Empresa in Spain and WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany.
Lila joined Generation in 2004 and is the Co-Head of the Growth Equity strategy. Prior to joining Generation, Lila was a Director of Finance & Development at VolunteerMatch in San Francisco, and also a consultant for clients such as Save the Children (YouthNoise). Prior to joining VolunteerMatch, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Southern Chile where she worked on community-based forestry and conservation projects.
Lila graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BA in English and Latin American Studies. She also received an MBA from the London Business School. Lila is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Lila speaks fluent Spanish.
Lila serves as a Board Director for CiBO Technologies, Recyclebank, and Seventh Generation’s Social Mission Board, as well as Board Observer for Optoro.
Robert Berendes is co-owner and partner at a-connect, a global consulting firm and talent pool headquartered in Switzerland, and a Venture Partner at Flagship Pioneering. He is also a board member at Verdesian and AgBiTech and an operating partner at Paine & Partners. His career has spanned leadership roles in consulting, business development, research & development, and operations.
Previously, Robert was a member of the Executive Team at Syngenta International for more than 7 years, leading Global Business Development and R&D, after having been Head of Field Crops Seeds and Head of Strategy, Planning, and M&A. During his tenure at Syngenta, Robert was responsible for more than 30 acquisitions and for establishing the leading Corporate Venture Capital group in the agricultural industry. Prior to Syngenta, Robert was a partner at McKinsey & Co., serving chemical, agricultural and industrial clients in Europe, the US, Latin America and Asia. Robert started his professional career at Procter & Gamble.
He earned his doctorate in biophysics from the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry/Technical University in Munich.
Former Chairman Syngenta AG
Martin has worked in journalism, a number of different business sectors, banking, and public policy. He was CEO of Barclays plc (1994-8) and Chairman of Syngenta AG (2005-13). At present, he is an external member of the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee and vice-chairman of the Luxembourg-based media organization RTL Group.
He joined Reuters as a journalist in 1974, before moving to the Financial Times in 1978, where he edited the paper’s “Lex” column.
In 1984, he joined the board of Courtaulds, becoming chief executive of Courtaulds Textiles by 1990. He became chief executive of Barclays four years later, in 1994, remaining there until 1998. He joined the board at retail chain W H Smith in 1999, eventually becoming chief executive before departing in 2003.
He was a member of the UK Parliament Select Committee for Science and Technology for five years. He also joined the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and compiled their 2001 Commission on Public/Private Partnerships report.
Former CEO Aspen Technology
Mr. Mark E. Fusco served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Aspen Technology, Inc., from January 3, 2005 to September 30, 2013. Mr. Fusco served as Principal Accounting Officer and Principal Financial Officer of Aspen Technology Inc. from February 2009 to July 1, 2009 and also served as its Acting Principal Accounting Officer. He served as Chief Executive Officer and President at Aspentech Ltd.
From May 2002 to January 2005, he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Ajilon Consulting and also served as its Executive Vice President from 1999 to 2002. Mr. Fusco co-founded Software Quality Partners and served as its President from 1994 to 1999. From 1994 to 1999, he served as President of Analysis and Computer Systems Inc.
He has been a Director of Black Duck Software, Inc. since March 18, 2014 and Viewpoint, Inc. (formerly Viewpoint Construction Software) since October 20, 2014. He serves as a Director of Dyn Inc. and BlackDuck Software. He served as a Director of Exa Corporation from August 2015 to November 17, 2017. He served as a Director of Aspen Technology Inc., from December 9, 2003 to September 30, 2013. He was a Member of the National Hockey League team the Hartford Whalers and was a Member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team.
Prior to his business career, he was a Professional Ice Hockey Player. Mr. Fusco holds a B.A in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Stephen Berenson is executive partner at Flagship Pioneering and is a member of the firm’s Investment and Management Committees. He focuses on capital formation at the fund and portfolio company levels and helps the firm’s management teams grow and realize value. Stephen also drives strategic and operational improvements across the firm and its portfolio of companies and helps deepen relationships with critical, external partners. He is on the board of directors at Moderna Therapeutics and CiBO Technologies.
Stephen joined Flagship after a 33-year career as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan. During that time, he worked across all major geographies, product areas and industry groups, and he was a key player in building the bank’s M&A, equities and technology investment banking businesses. During his last twelve years at J.P. Morgan, Stephen was vice chairman of investment banking and focused on providing high-touch strategic advice and complex transaction execution to leading companies across all industries globally. He was a co-founder of J.P Morgan’s Global Strategic Advisory Council and co-founder of the firm’s Board Initiative. During Stephen’s leadership of the Board Initiative, more than 1,000 independent directors of public companies attended at least one of J.P. Morgan’s board events to discuss, debate and share best practices on the key issues they faced in the fulfillment of their duties.
Stephen also made important contributions to J.P. Morgan’s culture through his deep support of recruiting, training and development and mentoring, and he helped to build and maintain a robust control environment through his participation on the firm’s Equity Underwriting and Reputational Risk Committees.
Stephen graduated from MIT in 1982 with an S.B. in mathematics. He is a member of the Visiting Committee for MIT’s Department of Mathematics and a former member of the board of trustees of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
David A. Fischhoff, Ph.D. is an independent consultant in biotechnology and agriculture with more than 30 years of experience in R&D leadership and business development. Dr. Fischhoff has built and led programs in multiple areas of agricultural research and development. In addition, he has extensive experience in new technology identification; technology acquisition, investment and licensing; research collaboration management; and intellectual property management and defense.
Dr. Fischhoff had a 33-year career at Monsanto Company from which he retired in 2016 as Vice President, Special Projects. Among his roles at Monsanto, Dr. Fischhoff served as Chief Scientist for The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto; Vice-President for Technology Strategy & Development; and Co-President of Cereon Genomics, LLC, a collaborative research venture between Monsanto and Millennium Pharmaceuticals. In his career at Monsanto, Dr. Fischhoff was responsible for the discovery and development of insect-resistant transgenic crops, which are a major tool for insect control in corn, cotton, and soybean in multiple countries and have been planted on a cumulative total of more than one billion acres worldwide. Dr. Fischhoff is the co-inventor of the synthetic gene technology for expression of insecticidal proteins in plants, which is the enabling technology for all insect-resistant transgenic crop products in the marketplace.
Dr. Fischhoff received his S.B. in Biology from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from The Rockefeller University. Dr. Fischhoff is recognized as one of the founders of agricultural biotechnology, and he was the recipient of the inaugural Innovation Prize for Agricultural Technology in 2015 from the American Society of Plant Biologists for his work on insect-resistant crops, and the James B. Eads Award for outstanding achievement in technology from the Academy of Science of St. Louis. He is the inventor of key patents related to insect-resistant crops, an author of more than 25 scientific publications, and an invited speaker at numerous national and international symposia.
Per Falholt founded the company in 2016 to offer Advisory Services within R&D/Innovation, Talent Development and Relationship Building.
Clients include Corbion, Novozymes, Generation and the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Per chairs the Board of Governors at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Science and Engineering Committee of The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV).
He is also a member of the Advisory Council of Emerald Technology Ventures AG.
In 2017 Per joined the Danfoss A/S Board and the Board of Universe Science Park.
He holds numerous positions of trust within the biotech area at boards, councils and committees including Cytovac (immunotherapy), Young Scientists Awards, Synapse (forum for students and young professionals within life sciences), AgroSpheres (environmentally friendly biotech solutions) and CiBO Technologies (sustainable agronomy).
Per has had a long and successful career at Novo Nordisk A/S and Novozymes A/S.
In 2000 he assumed the position as the Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Novozymes and helped the company develop a unique industrial biotechnology platform which delivers solutions to meet customer needs and support growth.
Per started his career at Novo A/S in 1984 as a research chemist and subsequently held several managerial positions in Novo Nordisk A/S. In 1997 he moved to Raleigh, N.C., to head the company’s U.S. application technology unit, returning to Denmark three years later as Corporate Vice President of the Enzyme Development and Application division.
Over the years Per Falholt has been a driving force in multiple initiatives to foster talents and enhance science education in Denmark.
Per’s expertise areas include New Products Development, Research & Innovation, Patent and Regulatory issues and R&D strategies. He holds an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and attended a business program at IMD (International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne.
Andrew Gelman is a professor of statistics and political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University. He has received the Outstanding Statistical Application award from the American Statistical Association, the award for best article published in the American Political Science Review, and the Council of Presidents of Statistical Societies award for outstanding contributions by a person under the age of 40. His books include Bayesian Data Analysis (with John Carlin, Hal Stern, David Dunson, Aki Vehtari, and Don Rubin), Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks (with Deb Nolan), Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models (with Jennifer Hill), Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do (with David Park, Boris Shor, and Jeronimo Cortina), and A Quantitative Tour of the Social Sciences (co-edited with Jeronimo Cortina).
Andrew has done research on a wide range of topics, including: why it is rational to vote; why campaign polls are so variable when elections are so predictable; why redistricting is good for democracy; reversals of death sentences; police stops in New York City, the statistical challenges of estimating small effects; the probability that your vote will be decisive; seats and votes in Congress; social network structure; arsenic in Bangladesh; radon in your basement; toxicology; medical imaging; and methods in surveys, experimental design, statistical inference, computation, and graphics.
Dr. Fred E. Below is a Professor of Crop Physiology in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. He received his B.S, M.S, and Ph.D. degrees in Agronomy all from the University of Illinois, and he has been in his current position since 1985. His research is focused on understanding factors limiting crop productivity, particularly corn and soybean. He is author or coauthor on more than 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts, numerous abstracts, book and proceedings chapters, and he has trained more than 60 graduate and postdoctoral students. He has taught introductory crops courses to undergraduates, as well as advanced courses to graduate students, and given numerous presentations at international and national conferences, and at local meetings. He has received numerous awards for his teaching excellence and he is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. He developed the ‘Seven Wonders of The Corn Yield World’ and the ‘Six Secrets of Soybean Success’ as tools to teach farmers and agricultural professionals the value of their individual crop management decisions, and he is actively using these concepts to develop systems capable of sustainably producing high corn and soybean yields. He has three daughters and he and his wife live on a small farm just outside Champaign, Illinois.
Born in Rapid City, S.D., U.S.A.
Raised in several states, with summers spent working on the family farm in north-western South Dakota. Hobby of breeding ornamental peppers for over 35 years, popcorn for 10 years, hiking and biking, home remodeling.
Institution: Degree Year Field of Study
N.C. State University Post-doc 1984-86 Quantitative Genetics
University of Wisconsin, Madison Ph. D. 1983 Plant Breeding & Genetics
University of Wisconsin, Madison M.S. 1981 Horticulture
Kansas State University B.S. 1978 Agriculture, Honors Program
2016 to current: Consultant in Plant Genetics and Agricultural Technology
2006-2016 Chief Technology Officer, Vegetable Business, Monsanto Company. Location: Woodland, CA.
2000-2005, Global V.P. of Breeding Technology for Monsanto. Location: St. Louis, MO.
1998-2000, Global V.P. of Genomics for the Monsanto Seed Business. Location: St. Louis, MO.
1998. V. P. of Research and Technology, Novartis Seeds, Inc. – NAFTA Field Crops. Location: Golden Valley, MN.
1996-1997 Director of Molecular Markers and Applied Biotechnology, Novartis Seeds, Inc. Location: Stanton, MN.
1994-1995 Director of Biotechnology for Northrup King Co. Location: Stanton, MN.
1992-1994. Director of Agricultural Research of Green Giant, Pillsbury Company. Location:
1988-1992. Program Leader of Breeding and Biotechnology for Green Giant Company. Location: LeSueur, MN.
1986-1988. Corn Breeder, Green Giant Company. Location: LeSueur, MN.
1984-1986. Post-Doc. in lab of C.S. Stuber, North Carolina State University, Department of Genetics.
1979-1983. Graduate Research Assistant. Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Horticulture.
1972-1979. Various work experiences in high school and while self-funding my college education, including: farming, construction, greenhouse work, auto mechanic work .
Member of Board of Directors, Woodland United Way from 2015 to 2017
Patents: Inventor on 7 granted patents and another 10+ patent applications.
Eathington, S.R, T. M. Crosbie, M. D. Edwards, R. S Reiter and J.K Bull. 2007. Molecular Markers in a Commercial Breeding Program. Crop Science 47: 154-163.
RFLPs for Rapid Recurrent Selection. 1994. Proceedings of the symposium: Analysis of Molecular Marker Data. pp.33-40. Publ. Joint Plant Breeding Symposium Series of the American Society for Horticultural Society and the Crop Science Society of America.
Edwards, M.D. and N. J. Page. 1994. Evaluation of marker assisted selection through computer simulation. Theor. Appl. Genet. 88:376-382.
Edwards, M.D. 1992. Use of molecular markers in the evaluation and introgression of genetic diversity for quantitative traits. Field Crops Research 29:241-260.
Edwards, M. D., T. Helentjaris, S. Wright and C. W. Stuber. 1992. Molecular-marker-facilitated investigations of quantitative trait loci in maize. IV: Analysis based on genome saturation with isozyme and restriction-fragment-length-polymorphism markers. Theor. Appl. Genet. 83:765-774.
Abler, B. S. B., M. D. Edwards and C. W. Stuber. 1991. Isoenzymatic identification of quantitative trait loci in crosses of elite maize inbreds. Crop Sci. 31:267-274.
Doebley, J. A. Stec, J Wendel and M. Edwards. 1990. Genetic and morphological analysis of a maize-teosinte F2 population: Implications for the origin of maize. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 89:9888-9892.
Stuber, C. W., M.D. Edwards and J. F. Wendel. 1987. Molecular-marker-facilitated investigations of quantitative trait loci in maize. II: Factors influencing yield and its component traits. Crop Sci. 27:639-648.
Edwards, M. D., C. W. Stuber and J. F. Wendel. 1987. Molecular-marker-facilitated investigations of quantitative trait loci in maize. I: Numbers, Distribution and types of gene action. Genetics 116: 113-125.
Edwards, M.D. and P. H. Williams. 1987. Selection for minor gene resistance to Albugo candida in a rapid-cycling population of Brassica campestris. Phytopath. 77: 527-532.
Lower, R.L. and M. D. Edwards. 1985. Cucumber Breeding. In: Breeding Vegetable Crops. Ed. M. J. Bassett. AVI Publishing Co., Westport, Connecticut, pp. 173-207.
G. Philip (Phil) Robertson is University Distinguished Professor of Ecosystem Science in the Dept. of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University. He is also a resident faculty at MSU’s WK Kellogg Biological Station, where he has been based since the mid-1980’s. He is currently science director for the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, and from 1988-2016 he directed the NSF Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program in Agricultural Ecology at MSU. His research interests include the biogeochemistry and ecology of field crop and bioenergy ecosystems, and in particular nitrogen and carbon dynamics, greenhouse gas fluxes, and the influence of climate change in these systems. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 1980 from Indiana University and his B.A. in 1976 from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is a Fellow of AAAS and the Soil Science Society of America and has served on a number of national and international advisory boards and committees for NSF, USDA, EPA, DOE, and the National Research Council, among others.
CiBO Technologies, a Flagship Pioneering Company, was founded in 2015 by Noubar Afeyan, Founder and CEO of Flagship Pioneering, Ignacio Martinez, a General Partner at Flagship Pioneering, and Professor Bruno Basso, an internationally-recognized agricultural systems scientist and professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Michigan State University. Powered by a unique combination of system science, data science, and entrepreneurial vision, CiBO was created to improve the impact of agriculture at a global level, to address the world’s food security concerns, and to make our planet a healthier place to live.
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