Cultivian Ventures, LLC
Ron has 26 years of experience in bringing new technologies and products to market. During this time he has led R&D for major corporations in agricultural chemicals, field crop and vegetable genetics and breeding, animal health, novel foods and industrial materials.
His successful projects include planning and conducting the world's first field trial of a genetically engineered crop trait in 1986, development and launch of one of the first insect and herbicide resistant corn hybrids in 1996, and introduction of a trans-fat free canola oil.
Prior to forming MidPoint, Ron spent two years as an executive-on-loan writing an economic development plan which the State of Indiana adopted for its food and agricultural sectors. As Global Leader of Biotechnology at Dow AgroSciences, Ron led the expansion of its biotechnology research and development program.
Ron holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in plant cell biology, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in plant physiology.