A Symposium on The Intersection of Science, Business, and Education hosted by NCSU's Master of Microbial Biotechnology

North Carolina State University’s Master of Microbial Biotechnology will bring together the biotechnology and university communities to celebrate 15 years of collaborations. The MMB program wants to thank the local biotech industry for its continued support, as well as share the unique elements that tie the MMB program to local companies. We hope you can join us for The Intersection of Science, Business, and Education.

The agenda includes keynote addresses from two local industry leaders: Eric Ward (AgBiome) and Paul Garofolo (Locus Biosciences). 

Eric Ward, Ph.D., has more than 25 years of experience in agricultural biotechnology and management training in large companies and start-ups. As co-CEO and co-founder of AgBiome, Dr. Ward leads the charge in the identification of plant-associated microbes that enhance plant health, pest resistance and yield applying based on genomics and screening technologies. Prior to AgBiome, Dr. Ward served as president of the Two Blades Foundation and was CEO and a co-founder of Cropsolution, Inc. He began his career at Ciba-Geigy (later Novartis, now Syngenta), where he held various positions in research management, ultimately serving as co-president of Novartis Agribusiness Biotechnology Research.

Paul Garofolo has been a member of multiple Executive Management teams of both publicly traded multi-national corporations and successful startup opportunities. He currently serves as the CEO of Locus Biosciences, an emerging biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of precision medicines using CRISPR-Cas technologies for antimicrobial and microbiome indications.



The Intersection of Science and Business / 15 Years of Collaborations with the Biology Industry

4:30-5:00 p.m.  Check-in and networking

5:00-5:10 p.m.  Welcome (Paul Hamilton)

5:10-5:30 p.m.  Keynote Speaker: Eric Ward (co-founder and co-CEO at AgBiome, LLC)

5:30-5:50 p.m.  Industry Panel: MMB practicum projects

5:50-6:00 p.m.  Break

6:00-6:20 p.m.  Alumni Panel: After the MMB program

6:20-6:40 p.m.  Keynote Speaker: Paul Garofolo (CEO at Locus Biosciences, Inc.)

6:40-8:00 p.m.  Food, drinks, networking and poster session 


More Information

Contact Meaghan Nappo (mknappo@ncsu.edu) with any questions regarding the event.


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