Opening Remarks

Gwyn F. Riddick, Director, Piedmont Triad Office, North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Riddick joined the Biotechnology Center in September 2003 with more than 35 years of experience in the life science and horticulture industries and the higher education sector. With the life science industry, Riddick manufactured and managed operations for various human and animal vaccines, diagnostics, blood products, consumer products and pharmaceuticals for the life sciences and consumer products division of Dow Chemical Company.

Closing Remarks

Masahiro Abe, Professor and Director, International Technology Transfer, Headquarters for Industry, Academia and Government Cooperation, Nagoya University

Masahiro Abe joined the Nagoya University in January 2004 as Supervisor of Intellectual Property Section. He became Professor of Intellectual Property Section in February, 2007. Thereafter, he has been appointed as Professor of International Technology Transfer Section in August, 2007, and has been as Director of International Technology Transfer Section from April , 2008. After graduating Faculty of Engineering, Yamagata University in Japan in 1971, he joined Toyota Motor Company Ltd. (now the Toyota Motor Corporation) in 1971. He has a breadth of experience in the Intellectual Property field including patent prosecution, patent litigation and research agreement, for more than thirty years. He also worked as Chief Paten Staff of Toyota Techno Service Co. Ltd. (1983-85) and as General Manager of Customs Intellectual Property Information Center (1994-1996).

Terri L. Lomax, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, North Carolina State University

an inspired commitment to make a difference. Home | ORI Functions | Vice Chancellor | Press & Multimedia * About ORI * Research Gateway * Springboard Innovation Partnership Portal Vice Chancellor Terri Lomax Dr. Terri L. Lomax is Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Professor of Plant Biology at NC State. As Vice Chancellor, Dr. Lomax has overall managerial responsibility for NC State's research and innovation impact. Dr. Lomax exercises primary leadership in research policy; private and governmental partnerships; and planning and administration for research and innovation endeavors. Her overarching goals are to provide inspiring support for our research and innovation communities; to advocate for needs and resources; and to maximize the benefits of NC State research and innovation for our region, state, nation and beyond. Dr. Lomax, who served as Interim Vice Chancellor 2008 through 2009, arrived at NC State in the fall of 2006 as Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.

Industry Speakers

Simon Warner, Ph.D., Director, Technology Evaluation, Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc.

Simon Warner was born in the United Kingdom. He obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from University College, London and a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Leicester UK. Simon's current role is Director; Technology Evaluation at Syngenta Biotechnology Inc. in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. Prior to moving to North Carolina Simon has had a number of roles including developing technology and commercial aspects of industrial enzymes for 1st and 2nd generation Biofuels in San Diego California. He has led a group focusing on Agronomic trait development at Syngenta's R&D facility, near London. Other roles Simon has held were in the area of new business development and finding new opportunities and partners. Prior to joining industry, Simon held an academic research and teaching post and was awarded a personal fellowship for further independent research. He enjoys working in the space between science and commercial and is still a scientist at heart.

David Russell, Ph.D., Director of Prospecting, Monsanto Company

Dr. Russell currently leads Monsanto's Biotechnology Prospecting Team. The Prospecting Team continuously looks for innovative technologies that will help build, extend, and support the Monsanto technology portfolio. From 1999 to 2007 Dr. Russell worked with Renessen LLC as V.P. of Product Development & Technology where he was responsible for leading the technology, product development and regulatory science functions for Renessen. From 1987 to 1999 he was with Agracetus, Inc. in R&D, and Project Leadership positions. Dr. Russell received his Ph.D. from Rice University in microbial gene expression, and did a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University.

Genichi Kakefuda, Ph.D., Sr. Research Project Manager, BASF Plant Science, LLC

Genichi Kakefuda is currently a Senior Research Project Manager at BASF Plant Science (BPS) in Research Triangle Park, NC. He is the Center Leader for Research Project Management in RTP. He is also a member of the Leadership Team for the BPS-NC site. He is also a member of the BPS Global Innovation Team. The Global Innovation Team is charged with fostering a culture of innovation and to solicit, review and fund pilot project proposals. Dr. Kakefuda received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in the Department of Agronmy. He was a postdoc at Washington State University in the Department of Agronomy and Soils working on nitrogen metabolism in maize. He also attended a postdoc at Michigan State University in the Department of Biochemistry working on starch metabolism in Arabidopsis. In 1991 Dr. Kakefuda was employed at American Cyanamid Corporation. At American Cyanamid he developed imidazolinone herbicide resistance technologies and worked on developing and implementing herbicide target identification strategies. Subsequently, he worked on developing biotech strategies for American Cyanamid and launched and managed a plant transcriptome project in collaboration with the genomics company, Hyseq Inc. After the acquisition of American Cyanamid by BASF, Dr. Kakefuda was Head of the Genomics Technology Center at BPS-NC. He completed the Hyseq collaboration and established local bioinformatics services and global expression profiling technologies for the newly established BASF Plant Science. He went on to become Discovery Platform Manager, where he managed development of a novel crop-based gene discovery platform until filling his current position in research project management.

Brian Vande Berg, Ph.D., Senior Principal Scientist, Bayer CropScience

After earning a Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at NIEHS, Dr. Vande Berg joined Athenix as its first employee in 2001. As a leader in agricultural and industrial biotechnology, Athenix developed robust capabilities in microbial gene discovery, protein characterization and plant-based testing. While at Athenix, Dr. Vande Berg directed successful internal research programs, managed externally-funded partnerships, and participated in product development activities. In November 2009, Athenix was acquired by Bayer CropScience, which has US operations in Research Triangle Park. Dr. Vande Berg now leads trait discovery programs to support of the corn and soybean portfolios for Bayer CropScience.