NewLeaf Symbiotics hires Plant Researcher and Patent Agent Professional
Apr. 27, 2017
“We’re thrilled to welcome Quan to our research team,” says Dr. Janne Kerovuo, NewLeaf Vice President, Research and Discovery. “He has worked extensively on both plants and microbes and studied both plant-pathogen and plant-symbiont interactions. We screened well over one hundred candidates to find the right combination of plant biology, microbiology, molecular biology and genomics expertise. We finally found Quan from the Danforth Plant Science Center, literally next door to us!”
Dr. Zhang says, “I’m enthusiastic to play a role in the emerging technology in biologicals. We need to complement as well as develop alternatives to existing crop protection products and new and complementary crop production technologies to ensure global food security. I believe NewLeaf is well-positioned to establish microbial-based solutions as a mainstay in sustainable cropping practices.”He adds that his job with NewLeaf plays perfectly into the technology areas he wants to explore. “I will be developing tools to identify the various beneficial bacterial strains to advance in our pipeline, from the bench to the field.
“Donna will contribute solid experience as a patent agent in the area of genetics and agricultural biologicals. Her skills will be invaluable as we move our rapidly advancing technology toward commercialization,” says Tom Laurita, NewLeaf CEO. “We look forward to her guidance and expertise as we navigate legal requirements to acquire patents for our exclusive microbial innovations to improve plant efficiencies and yield for farmers.”Scherer says, “I’m excited to work with the NewLeaf staff. They’re a great group of highly-talented and team-oriented individuals. Plus, the company works in an area of science that is particularly appealing to me and enormously important for the future of crop production.”
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