Gwyn Riddick, MBA
Riddick joined the Biotechnology Center in September 2003 with more than 35 years of experience in the life science and horticulture industries and the higher education sector. With the life science industry, Riddick manufactured and managed operations for various human and animal vaccines, diagnostics, blood products, consumer products and pharmaceuticals for the life sciences and consumer products division of Dow Chemical Company.
While a faculty member of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Riddick served as Guilford County Director of the Cooperative Extension Service. Riddick later managed the Economic Development and business and industry education at Guilford Technical Community College as director. As an entrepreneur, Riddick was CEO of his own horticultural enterprise for 17 years in Indiana and North Carolina.
For more than six years after joining the Biotechnology Center he directed activities in the Piedmont Triad region, promoting biotechnology development through community capacity building and the Biotechnology Center's grant and loan programs. The grant and loan programs encourage research and development, entrepreneurial development and academic program development.
He was named to the newly created position of vice president of Agricultural Biotechnology in December 2009, to help launch an initiative from the Biotechnology Center and partners statewide to grow the state's agricultural economy to $100 billion during the next 10 years utilizing the science of biotechnology.
Riddick received a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from The Ohio State University in Columbus, and an MBA in economics and marketing from Butler University in Indianapolis. He is a Fellow of the Natural Resource Leadership Institute and received a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.
He is a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers and works as a freelance journalist covering ecology, environment and horticulture.
"Horticulture and microbiology have been avocations or vocations for all of my life," says Riddick. "As a Fellow of the Natural Resource Leadership Institute at North Carolina State University, I know that we owe significant tribute to plants for not only our shelter, clothing, food and medicine. We also owe our very existence through the oxygen we breathe which plants produce.
"We have hardly begun to tap the resources harbored in plants that will benefit mankind. Plants are our future and are an integral platform for agricultural biotechnology development."