Dave earned his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has spent the last 16 years in leadership roles for Ag Biotech R&D at leading Agricultural companies including Syngenta and BASF. During this time he implemented multiple global operations to enable High-Throughput Molecular Diagnostics for Biotech Traits and developed and implemented Quality Control Programs for Research in both companies. In 2006, Dave took on leadership responsibility for Corn and Soybean biotech trait production and testing for BASF. After a short stint to help build biotech operations at L1 Agrosciences, Dave returned to BASF where he took on a leadership role in the biotech traits Project Management Office. Before coming to AgBiome, Dave led the protein biochemistry and immunology function for BASF.