Adviser to the BGT Board
Doug has been Advisor at Bio-Gene since December 2017. He is a former Managing Director of Nufarm, a position he held for more than 15 years during which time he successfully transformed Nufarm to become one of the world’s leading crop protection and seed companies with an extensive global footprint. He has more than 40 years’ experience, with expertise in specific functional areas and has chemical engineering and commerce background.
Doug serves as the Chairman of Rathbone Wine Group, Director of Cotton Seed Distributors, AgBiTech, Delta Agribusiness and Go Resources Pty Ltd. He is also a Member of the Rabo Bank Advisory Board.
PROF. CATHERINE HILL
Scientific Advisory Board Member
Catherine is a Professor of Entomology at Purdue University. She was part of an internationally recognised medical entomology research program focusing on the biology and control of arthropod vectors (e.g., mosquitoes, sand flies and ticks) that transmit diseases to humans and animals.
Together with collaborators, she created the Purdue Insecticide Discovery Pipeline (PIDP) that employs an innovative, target-based approach for the discovery and development of novel mode of action insecticides that have limited effects on non-pest species.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the President’s Fellow for the Life Sciences, and is a Showalter Faculty Scholar.
DR. PETER BEETHAM
Scientific Advisory Board Member
Peter has over 30 years of experience in the bio-agriculture community, with a passion for moving technology to commercial application. He is currently the CEO of Cibus Global, LLC. As co-founder of Cibus, he has taken a lead role in developing the core gene editing technologies associated with the proprietary Rapid Trait Development System (RTDS™). Prior to taking on the CEO position at Cibus in 2014, Peter led the research and product development teams since the inception of the company in 2001.
Peter has spent more than three decades in agricultural research, with direct experience in areas including plant biotechnology, precision gene-editing and the applications of novel breeding technologies. Early in his career he was also involved in the introduction of improved root crops to many countries in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.
Peter was employed by the Victorian Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DARA) in Australia from 1985 to 1992. He served as a Scientific Officer based at the Plant Research Institute (PRI), working with research groups throughout Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. As part of the plant virology group at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), he worked on the molecular biology of banana bunch top virus (BBTV) and the development of transgenes for pathogen-derived resistance. He continued his research as a postdoctoral scientist at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, where he was one of the pioneers of the early work that led to the Cibus Rapid Trait Development System (RTDS) technology.
Prior to joining Cibus, he was Research Director of the Plant and Industrial Products Division at ValiGen, formerly Kimeragen, Inc. At Cibus he has led the scientific and regulatory endeavours that have led to the launching of Cibus’ first products in USA. More recently (2014) he assumed the role of President and CEO of Cibus tasked with taking Cibus to the next level of growth as a growth stage commercial company leading the way for licensing of gene edited traits to leading global seed companies.
Peter received his Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Virology from QUT in Brisbane, Australia and is a BSc (Hons) graduate of Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Dr Beetham has authored many scientific publications including the pioneering publications for gene-editing starting in1999. He has also been a leading author on over 100 patents and patent applications.
Chemistry & Manufacturing Consultant
Neil is an experienced Industrial Chemist, who has been employed by Monsanto for more than 40 years. He is a specialist in formulation development, production and process management. Neil is also qualified for manufacturing plant audits, quality and environmental management.