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As a key part of Cibus’ founding team, Peter took a lead role in developing the core technologies associated with the
Rapid Trait Development System (RTD™).
He led the research and product development teams at Cibus before taking on the role of CEO in July 2014.
Possessing a passion for moving technology to commercial application, Peter has over 30 years of experience in agriculture.
Prior to joining Cibus, Peter was Research Director of the Plant and Industrial Products Division at ValiGen. Part of his extensive
research experience was at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, where he was a postdoctoral scientist and
one of the pioneers of the early work that led to the Cibus RTDS technology.
During his eight-year tenure at the Victorian Department of Agriculture (Australia), Peter led a team that provided clean
planting materials for root crops for many countries in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. His efforts helped increase
crop yields and improve farmer economics.
Peter received a PhD in Plant Molecular Virology from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in
Botany/Plant Biology Zoology from Monash University.
Greg Gocal, PhD is a co-founder and serves as Chief Scientific Officer & Executive Vice President. In 2000, Dr.
Gocal joined an innovative cross disciplinary team at ValiGen, Cibus’ predecessor, as the lead molecular biologist.
Within the Plant and Industrial Products Division, his team began developing the RTDS suite of technologies in plant
and microbial systems in what was then the nascent field that has become gene editing. Continuing this focus and enabling
our technologies and product pipeline, at Cibus, Dr. Gocal has held various research management positions. Dr. Gocal has
studied many aspects of plant biology.
He was awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Calgary.
He worked at CSIRO Plant Industry in Canberra, Australia where he received his PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the
Australian National University, then continued studying in this field as a postdoctoral scientist at the Salk Institute
for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California.
As Director of Strain Development at Nucelis, Dr. Fong oversees all the ASAP™ (Accelerated Strain Advancement
Platform) partner projects. In addition to leading her project teams on existing projects, she works closely with business development
and research to identify new product opportunities and partners.
Noel has been at Nucelis since its founding in 2012, and prior to that, she was a member of the research team at Cibus since 2007.
Prior to joining Cibus, Noel was at Zymogenetics/Novo Nordisk (now Bristol-Myers Squibb) in Seattle, where she engineered the production
strain for making FXIII clotting factor in S. cerevisiae. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School
and Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals (now Pfizer), where she studied insulin signaling pathways and associated yeast applications. Prior to
that, she was at Chiron (now Novartis), where she expressed human growth factors in yeast.
She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and M.S. in Food Science in the Dept. of Viticulture and Enology at the University of
California, Davis, and her A.B. in Chemistry and Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley.
As an active 30+ year member of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, she was named President in August,
2020, after serving as the Conference Chair for the 2018 General Meeting. In service to her field, she is a reviewer for two
publications: Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, and Enzyme and Microbial Technology.
Sean has 35 years of management and research experience in the specialty chemicals industry. Before joining Nucelis in 2012, he
held several key leadership positions with Chemtura Corporation, including Vice President, Plastic Additives Group; Vice President,
Strategy; and President, Petroleum Additives.
Sean’s impressive career includes a position at Adibis, a subsidiary of BP Chemicals
in the United Kingdom, which he held for several years before relocating in 1994 to join Witco at its U.S. World Headquarters. Afterwards,
he worked at Crompton Corporation prior to its merger with Great Lakes Corporation (forming Chemtura).
He is an inventor with his name on over 25 US patents, and has authored countless scientific and product promotional papers.
Sean received a PhD in Organic Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Bristol.
With over 30 years of seed industry experience in both research and management roles, Jim oversees product development for Cibus. Prior
to joining Cibus, Jim served as Global Temperate Corn Breeding Leader for Dow AgroSciences. He was also a member of the Mycogen Seeds
management team, where he led the plant breeding programs of multiple crops.
Earlier in his career, Jim created a work plan for Agrigenetics, leading the effort
to develop the first corn Bt transgenic product sold in the United States. His career has included developing competitive corn inbred
lines and commercially significant hybrids for Sungene Technologies.
Jim has been active in the American Seed Trade Association, and is a past president of the National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders (NCCPB).
Jim received a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in Plant Breeding
from the University of Wisconsin.
Since joining Cibus in 2011, Tony has been responsible for product, business, and commercial development for non-US territories and
Before joining Cibus, Tony spent 7 years in portfolio management and project leadership for pharmaceutical multinational Pfizer.
Prior to this he worked at Syngenta AG and Zeneca, where he held a range of technical and leadership roles.
Tony received a Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences - Applied Biology from the University of Cambridge.
Noel is responsible for leading the Research and Development team towards the development of non-transgenic traits in commercially relevant crops
through advancements in the field of precision plant breeding.
Noel was a Postdoctoral Fellow studying host-pathogen interactions at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Noel received a
PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California.
Norm joined Cibus in 2019 and brings over 20 years of experience in agriculture seed and crop inputs.
Norm has extensive experience in international business, strategic planning, product marketing and commercializing new agricultural seed products. Prior to joining Cibus, Norm was Global Crop Head for Syngenta based in Switzerland. In this role, Norm was responsible for leading the tomato and pepper crop strategy development and implementation from R&D to commercialization. Norm also spent 16 years with Monsanto Company in the US and Canada, initially in product development, and then leading commercial and marketing efforts for herbicide tolerance traits in canola, vegetable seed and soybean.
Norm received an MBA and a Master’s of Science in agronomy from the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Schöpke has worked in the field of plant biotechnology for over 28 years. His past research includes
many aspects of plant developmental physiology (cytodifferentiation, somatic embryogenesis, plant regeneration from protoplasts)
and genetic transformation of plants. From 1993 - 1999 Dr. Schöpke held a position as Senior Researcher at ORSTOM (Institut
Français de Recherche Scientifique pour le Dévéloppement en Coopération). In collaboration with The Scripps Research Institute
in La Jolla he led a group of scientists, technicians and trainees involved in the genetic transformation of cassava, rice, tomato,
and tobacco. Before joining Cibus, from 1999 - 2000 Dr. Schöpke was employed at the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at
the University of California, Riverside, where he worked on the genetic transformation of Citrus. He joined Cibus (then Valigen) in
2000. For the last 18 years he directed efforts to create and implement protocols for the application of RTDS to plants. His current
focus is on the improvement of cell culture processes through automation. Dr. Schöpke received an M.Sc. in Biology from the
Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the same institution. His doctoral thesis focused on the
establishment of a method for the regeneration of plants from protoplasts of Coffea.
Dave serves as Vice President, Business Development with over 30 years’ experience in the seed and biotechnology industry.
Dave’s expertise includes business development and commercialization of new biotechnology products within the plant and life science industries. Dave has a successful track record of identifying strategic partners, negotiating, and closing complex technical / commercial agreements with major agricultural companies. He has extensive experience in commercialization of new disruptive technologies using seed and plant–based products as a technology delivery platform.
Prior to joining Cibus Dave served as Director of Commercial Development for the Plant and Industrial Products Division of ValiGen, following service to Mycogen Seeds where he oversaw the soybean and sunflower crop portfolio. Earlier in his career, Dave also held various high-level sales and marketing positions with Dekalb Genetics Corporation.
Dave received his MBA from Northern Illinois University and his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business from Iowa State University.
Wade King joined Cibus in January, 2021, bringing a background of highly successful C-suite roles across multiple facets of the healthcare industry.
Before joining Cibus, Wade was CEO of Prota Therapeutics, an oral immunotherapy company based in Melbourne, Australia. Before Prota, Wade led Corporate Development and Strategy and served on the management team of Insmed, a multi-billion-dollar public rare disease company, leading global licensing deals and exploring numerous gene therapy opportunities. Wade also led both finance and business development for Neomend, a surgical sealant company that was acquired by CR Bard, now part of Becton Dickinson.
Prior to his work in the corporate sector, Wade was Chief of Anesthesiology for a 20-physician practice in Silicon Valley. During his clinical years, Wade consulted frequently to the venture capital community. Following Stanford Business School, Wade went on to become a repeat Wall Street Journal All Star Health Care Analyst and Director of Investment Research for multiple investment banks. Subsequently, Wade was Senior Portfolio Manager and COO at several investment management firms.
Wade is a board-certified anesthesiologist and completed residencies in Surgery and Anesthesiology at UCSF. Wade holds an M.S.M. from Stanford Business School, M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from UNC Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and a B.A. cum laude from Princeton University.
Rosa joined Cibus in 2011 as Internal Counsel, overseeing all Intellectual Property activities. In this role, she was instrumental in positioning Cibus as a leading gene editing company for agricultural and microorganism traits, developing and extending Cibus’ extensive IP portfolio. In 2020 Rosa was promoted to Vice President, Legal, overseeing all legal activities, including intellectual property (IP), contracts and litigation.
Prior to joining Cibus, Rosa served as patent attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP. She also spent eight valuable years at the Salk Institute, doing molecular biology research with Dr. Joseph Ecker.
Rosa holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, as well as Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Riggs is a co-founder and board member of Cibus; CEO & founder of Locus Analytics LLC and Syntax LLC; chairman and co-founder of Royalty Pharma,
the largest investor in revenue producing intellectual property (principally royalty interests in marketed and late stage development biopharmaceutical products); and co-founder
and board member of Fibrogen. In addition, he is a board member of Intra-Cellular Therapeutics, Inc., Nuredis, GeneNews and eReceivables. He is the former president
and board member of Biomatrix, Inc., a NYSE-listed biotechnology company that developed and launched Synvisc®, an injection used to treat knee pain caused by
osteoarthritis and a partner in New Ventures, LLC.
Mr. Riggs received an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College.
Mr. Finn serves as an independent director on the Legg Mason Partners Fund Board. He is a member of the advisory board for Auven Therapeutics,
a private equity fund focused on life sciences. Mr. Finn is also a co-founder of New Ventures Select LLC, a fund focused on royalties, and
New Ventures LLC and New Ventures III, both early stage venture capital funds. New Ventures LLC is a lead investor in Cibus.
Mr. Finn served as a Trustee of the Virginia Retirement System and Chairman of its Investment Advisory Committee and as Chairman of the
Investment Operations Advisory Committee for the State of Alaska. He was also a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s Advisory Committee
on Managed Futures.
Mr. Finn has taught investments at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business and lectures on investments at the
Mason Graduate School of Business at the College of William and Mary, where he received an MBA.
Mr. Lehmann has been a private investor for most of his professional life. He oversees a diversified portfolio in venture capital projects,
hotels, and commercial and residential real estate in the United States. Prior to becoming a private investor, in 1992 Mr. Lehmann resided in
Geneva, Switzerland, where he managed portfolios for Morval Bank and its holding company. He previously oversaw a diversified holding for Edmond de Rothschild.
Mr. Lehmann received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales.
A widely-respected speaker and environmental writer, Mr. Linden has presented to the Library of Congress, the Woodrow Wilson Institute,
the United Nations General Assembly, and the US State Department, as well as many international conferences, universities and other forums.
In the course of his career, Mr. Linden has published nine books, his most recent being The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the
Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands and Indigenous Peoples Meet, and contributed to many publications including Time, National Geographic,
Foreign Affairs, Fortune, The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
Over the years, Mr. Linden has become more involved in the business world. Since 2005 he has served as chief investment strategist for
Bennett Management, a hedge fund company that invests in distressed situations. In addition to Cibus, Mr. Linden has served on several other
corporate and not-for-profit boards, including The Polymer Group, Haights Cross, and RARE, a global conservation organization.
Mr. Linden is also well-respected as a journalist, and has received several honors for his writing. His book, Winds of Change: Climate,
Weather and the Destruction of Civilizations won the Grantham Prize Special Award of Merit in 2007. He is also the previous winner of the
American Geophysical Union's Walter Sullivan Award; The Overseas Press Club Citation for Excellence; two Genesis Awards; The Harry Chapin
Media Award; and The Population Institute's Global Media Award. Mr. Linden's Time Magazine article “Lost Tribes, Lost Knowledge” was a
finalist for a National Magazine Award.
Mr. Linden received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.
Mr. Lu brings almost 35 years of experience in business operations to the Cibus board. He founded several companies in pharmaceutical formulation
and bulk drugs; plant protection; nutrition; wholesale food; retail; specialist packaging; and international trading. In addition to managing over
2,500 employees across several continents, Mr. Lu has significant experience operating in both the private and government-supported business communities.
Mr. Lu currently serves as Chairman of Rotam Global AgroSciences Ltd.; Vice Chairman of Kunshan Rotam Reddy Pharmaceuticals Ltd.; Director of
Swiss Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.; Director of Chong Dah Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.; and is a former Chairman of JRB Packaging Co. Ltd. and past Director
of Canada’s T&T Supermarket Chain.
Rotam Global AgroSciences Ltd., which he founded, has a strong presence in China, Latin America, Europe, Canada, the United States, Taiwan,
Africa, and the Middle East and was listed on the Taiwan Stock Market in 2012.
Mr. Lu received a Bachelor of Commerce from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
After 30 years as a professor of histology, embryology and cytogenetics in the medical faculty of the University of Paris, and former president
of the European Patent Office, and honorary president of the National Academy of Technologies of France, Professor Pompidou spent 10 years as a
member of the European Parliament with a particular concern for the EU framework programs for research, preparation of the Directive on the Legal
Protection of Biotechnological Inventions, and bioethical issues. Professor Pompidou also acted as Special Adviser to the French Prime Minister,
the French Minister of Research and Higher Education, and the French Minister of Health.
Dr. Pompidou received a PhD and Master’s Degree from the University René Descartes and a Doctor Honoris Causa from Beijing University.
Dr. Prante has been a strong proponent for the integration of biotechnology into agribusiness. He has served as a member of several industry
associations including the German Crop Protection and Fertilizer Association, the European Crop Protection Association, the Global Crop Protection
Federation, and the Global Plant Science Industry Federation. Since 2002, he has been an active consultant to the industry.
Dr. Prante began his career in 1970 with Hoechst AG and was eventually named head of the agricultural division in 1985. This was a leadership
role he held until 1994, when he formed and became CEO of AgrEvo, a company of Hoechst and Schering. AgrEvo was merged into
Aventis CropScience at the end of 1999, of which he was the deputy CEO until the company was acquired by Bayer AG and became part of Bayer
CropScience. Dr. Prante served as a member of the SVB of Bayer CropScience until 2012.
Dr. Prante received a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Kiel.
With over 40 years in agricultural biotechnology, Dr. Walker’s career spans the development of the field. This veteran of the gene editing industry
was instrumental in transforming the Plant and Industrial Products Division of ValiGen, which he headed, into what is now Cibus. Retiring as Cibus CEO
in 2014, Dr. Walker started Valley Oils to focus on delivering healthy, non-GMO oils and meals for the food, feed, and industrial products industries.
Prior to starting Cibus, Dr. Walker worked at Agrigenetics before it was acquired by Mycogen, after which he held a variety of management positions at
Mycogen. He was also a co-founder, director, and vice president of research at Plant Genetics, Inc. (PGI). Before founding PGI, Dr. Walker served in a
variety of research roles with Monsanto.
Dr. Walker is former chairman of the Gordon Conference in Plant Cell and Tissue Culture and was also associate editor of Plant Cell Tissue and
Organ Culture Journal. He received a PhD in Biology from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster.