BioConsortia Promotes Dr. Hong Zhu to Sr. VP of Research and Development

BioConsortia, Inc., innovator of microbial solutions for natural plant trait enhancement and yield improvement, has promoted Dr. Hong Zhu to Senior Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. Hong Zhu will lead the next phase of expansion of BioConsortia’s Advanced Microbial Selection (AMS) technology platform, including discovery pipelines, product development, and commercialization. In his new role, Dr. Zhu will oversee R&D operations, set R&D strategies, and direct scientists at the company’s New Zealand research center and U.S. Headquarters.

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Dr. Hong Zhu

“Hong has been an exceptional contributor to every team at BioConsortia over the past two years. His decades of experience in the agricultural biologicals space, coupled with extensive technical expertise, has help grow the team both in numbers and in skill. I have no doubt that he will continue this success as he beings directing the whole R&D organization,” says Marcus Meadows-Smith, CEO, who worked with Hong prior to their time at BioConsortia at biopesticide company AgraQuest and later at the biologics division of Bayer CropScience.

Dr. Zhu joined BioConsortia in 2016 from Bayer CropScience to lead the company’s development programs. He has more than 20 years of industry experience in developing microbial based biopesticides, bioherbicides and biofetilizers. Since joining BioConsortia, Dr. Zhu has driven enhancements in the proprietary AMS process to speed time-to-value. He has honed in on industry needs, strengthened the R&D portfolio, and been instrumental in moving a number of leads into product development. Leading the R&D team as one group is a natural fit for him.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sue Turner, who has been Sr. VP of Research since 2014 and who championed the AMS process in the US as the company moved headquarters from New Zealand to Davis, California, will return to her home in Auckland where she will continue consulting with the company and will join the ranks of its Scientific Advisory Board.

“I’m excited to lead the team forward as we continue to expand our discovery platform and move products into the development phase. Dr. Sue Turner has built a fantastic research team over the past 4 years and we are delighted she will continue with us on a consulting basis” Says Dr. Zhu. “I am enthusiastic about exploiting this strong base and moving toward the launch of a portfolio of biological products with higher consistency and superior efficacy.”

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