Benson Hill Biosystems empowers the agricultural community to unlock the global genetic potential of plants to protect the Earth – and the people who call it home.

About Benson Hill

We believe advancing agriculture is an essential step in solving the world’s greatest challenges. The global population is booming, diets are shifting and urbanization is rising. Never has so much been asked of agriculture to meet the needs of our society. Never have the external risks to agricultural advancement been greater, whether from a changing climate and limited natural resources or from industry consolidation and reduced choice in the marketplace. New innovation and new innovators are needed to advance agriculture for people and our planet. The emerging era of Cloud Biology will enable innovation in agriculture throughout the value chain. Major advancements in the analytics of big data through cloud computing have revolutionized industries. At Benson Hill Biosystems, we bring that revolution to plant genomics. We combine the power of these technologies with deep biological expertise to empower organizations of all sizes to advance products to market faster and to tackle the greatest challenges in crop development.

True collaboration will empower more innovators. We believe that empowering our partners lies in true collaboration and sharing in their risk and reward. We create technology solutions to fit with and enhance our partners’ R&D programs, understanding their business needs and working transparently with their team. The next generation of innovation is now possible. It’s time we empower more participants to be part of the solution. Partner with us

Our Purpose

In agriculture, a strong plant starts with strong roots. In the same way, our company’s strength is rooted in groundbreaking research by two pioneers in photosynthesis research.

  • Andrew Benson

    Dr. Benson’s research led to the discovery of the Calvin-Benson Cycle, which is central to carbon fixation in all photosynthetic organisms. His research forms the basis of some of the manipulations of the photosynthetic machinery at Benson Hill Biosystems.

  • Robin Hill

    Hill explained what is now called the “Hill reaction”, in which oxygen is produced from the splitting of water, and the “Z-scheme”, the process by which electrons are transferred from one molecule to another to capture solar energy in photosynthesis. Both contibutions have significantly impacted our understanding of photosynthesis today.

  • Matthew Crisp

    President & CEO

    Agtech entrepreneur; former venture capitalist, Intrexon

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  • Lee Palles

    Chief Financial Officer

    Serial finance & operations executive; former Olympian

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  • Mike Thompson

    VP Partner Development

    Collaboration architect; former Illumina, BioDiagnostics

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  • Tom Brutnell

    Chief Scientific Officer

    Photosynthesis expert; Danforth Plant Science Center biofuels lead; former Cornell

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  • Nadine Carozzi

    VP Product Development

    Ag trait developer; co-founder of Athenix; former Syngenta, Bayer

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  • D’Arcy Carroll

    Executive Director, South America

    Bioeconomy business developer; former ETH Bioenergia, Cargill

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  • Todd Mockler

    Chief Technology Officer

    Genomics and systems biology guru; Danforth Plant Science Center; former Oregon State

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  • Mohammed Oufattole

    VP Research & Development

    Research leader and collaborator

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  • Murray Spruill

    VP Intellectual Property

    IP counsel extraordinaire; AgBiome; former Alston & Bird, Syngenta

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  • Paul Skroch

    VP Data Science and Platform Engineering

    Plant breeder way into data science; former Monsanto

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS & ADVISORS

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