Tom is an experienced business and scientific leader who has worked extensively with agricultural and pharmaceutical biotechnology and life science companies. Currently he works as an independent business strategy and technology consultant. Formerly, Tom held positions including Head of Syngenta’s Corn and Soybean Plant Science Business Units, Business Director for Pharmacia Brazil, Business Director, Corn at Monsanto, Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, Monsanto, and Co-President of Monsanto’s Brazil operations. He has also held a number of research and development roles with Monsanto. He has several years of in-country management experience in Europe and South America and significant experience in technology licensing and joint ventures. Tom holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Animal Science and Agronomy, respectively, from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.