Sharon was most recently with Kaiima Agri-Biotech where she set-up and led their US operations. Sharon studied Agriculture and Biochemistry at the University of Missouri, Columbia. After a few years in academia, Sharon joined Monsanto, where she held positions in R&D, Regulatory Science & Affairs, Licensing and M&A, Specialty and New Crops, Field Operations and other crop-focused businesses.
After leaving Monsanto, Sharon was an independent consultant and spent three years at a start-up, Chlorogen Inc. She subsequently held positions as Director of International Programs and Assistant Director of Technology Management at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Sharon then joined Dow AgroSciences to establish an Agronomic Traits pipeline and to lead out-licensing efforts related to the EXZACT™ Precision Technology (zinc fingers in plants). She was instrumental in developing Dow’s licensing function and led transactions across the business, including biotechnology traits, enabling technologies and crop protection.
In her last role, Sharon led the Venture Capital investment strategy and related deals for Dow AgroSciences.