As a Principal Advisor at Larta Institute, Bob brings 30 years of experience in commercializing technology in biotechnology, renewable fuels and chemicals, biomaterials and agriculture. His business experience covers venture capital, corporate leadership, strategic planning, project management, operations, intellectual property, and commercialization.
Bob is the founder and Principal of Encompass Biotech LLC, a consulting company that works with investors, companies, entrepreneurs, and institutions interested in developing and commercializing technologies in agricultural biotechnology, renewable energy, and renewable materials.
Before founding Encompass Biotech, he was the Chief Scientist of Phenotype Screening Corporation where he led the R&D and commercialization efforts of non-destructive imaging technology to analyze the below-ground portion of crop species.
Previously, Bob was a founding employee of ArborGen, a forest biotechnology company, where he led an international team to develop biotech-enabled forest tree species. Prior to that, he was with Westvaco Forest Research for 11 years where he established a biotech research and development program.
Bob holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University, an M.S. in Botany from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in Biotechnology from Worchester Polytechnic Institute.