ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 19, 2015 – – EcoPesticides International, Inc., which is developing novel biopesticide and microencapsulation technologies for crop protection, has announced the hiring of Steven C. Miller, Ph.D., as chief technology officer (CTO). Miller, who replaces co-founder Adam Forshaw as CTO, will oversee development efforts at EcoPesticides’ laboratory in Santa Fe.
Miller has nearly three decades of technology development and commercialization experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, successfully bringing a number of technologies to market. As chief commercialization officer (CMO) for Senior Scientific, he led the development of an in vivo imaging technology for early stage cancer detection. As CMO at Zymera, he led commercialization efforts of another novel imaging application. He served as vice president at Blueshift Biotechnologies, Inc., responsible for commercial expansion and implementation of a laser-scanning platform. He has held similar positions at Abgenix Inc., Biometric Imaging, MDS Analytical Technologies, and SRI International.
EcoPesticides’ biopesticide and microencapsulation technologies use naturally occurring bacteria and fungi proven lethal to crop-threatening insects like locusts. The microencapsulation serves as protection from UV rays and heat, thus extending potency and performance. These “green” pesticides do no harm to people, helpful insects such as honeybees, and the environment at large.
EcoPesticides President and CEO Les Stewart said the company is pleased to have someone with Miller’s credentials to accelerate development efforts. “Interest in EcoPesticides’ biologic-based pesticide technologies is attracting significant interest in North America, Africa and India. Steve’s deep experience in bringing technologies to market will make us more competitive in the $2 billion global microbial pesticide market.”
Miller earned a BGS in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas (KU), a Ph.D. in Microbiology/Cell Biology from the KU School of Medicine, and was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has published more than 70 papers and abstracts, and authored numerous patents.
Additionally, EcoPesticides’ has expanded its development lab located in the Santa Fe Business Incubator to accommodate expanded operations. Since 1997, the Santa Fe Incubator has provided a supportive environment for people with the passion and tenacity to grow businesses.