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David Fischhoff


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.

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