Temperatures are on the rise and it’s not just outdoors. Activity at EcoPesticides is really heating up. President and CEO Les Stewart and Board Chair John Chavez attended the Invest Midwest investor forum, where they had many good conversations about our eShield™ microencapsulation technology that is designed to extend the effectiveness of our biopesticides.
The two got back in time to welcome our new chief technology officer, Steven Miller, PhD. Steve is replacing Adam Forshaw effective May 1, who will continue in a consulting role as a co-founder of EcoPesticides. Adam is off to Vanderbilt University to start a residency in Anesthesia.
While we’ll miss Adam, Steve is a great addition to our development team. He has nearly three decades of development and commercialization experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, successfully bringing a number of technologies to market. Here’s a look at Steve’s highlight reel:
- As chief commercialization officer (CCO) for Senior Scientific, he led the development of an in vivo imaging technology for early stage cancer detection.
- As CCO at Zymera, he led commercialization efforts of another novel imaging application.
- As vice president at Blueshift Biotechnologies, Inc., Steve was responsible for commercial expansion and implementation of a laser-scanning platform.
- He’s held similar positions at Abgenix Inc., Biometric Imaging, MDS Analytical Technologies, and SRI International.
This guy’s got muscle where we need it and our president and CEO agrees. In the official media announcement, Les was quoted saying, “Interest in EcoPesticides’ biologic-based pesticide technologies is attracting significant interest in North America, Africa and India. Steve’s deep experience in bringing products to market will make us more competitive in the $2 billion global microbial pesticide market.”
Finally, EcoPesticides’ activities have really ramped up so we’ve expanded our development lab at the Santa Fe Business Incubator – just in time to accommodate Steve!