How Pamela Marrone Does It

Mar 7, 2012

Pamela Marrone
Pamela Marrone
With the global population growing from 7 to 10 billion by 2050, there is an intense debate about how to best feed the world.

With that, Pamela Marone, entomologist turned entrepreneur, will provide an overview of what she calls "the market drivers toward sustainable food production and where different technologies fit in."

The occasion: her seminar on Friday, March 9 at the University of California, Davis.

Marrone, the CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) of Davis, will speak on "Overview of Discovery and Development of Natural Products for Pest Management and the Entrepreneurial Experience."at 11 a.m. in Room 1022 of the Life Sciences Building, located on the corner of Hutchison Drive and Kleiber Hall Drive.

Sponsoring the presentation are the UC Davis Biotechnology Program, the College of Biological Science-Section of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and the College of Engineering.

Marrone, who holds a bachelor of science degree in entomology from Cornell University and a doctorate in entomology from North Carolina State University, is an innovator supreme. An international expert in agricultural biotechnology and bioscience, she founded three natural product pest management companies in Davis.

Marrone founded MBI in 2006 "to discover and develop effective and environmentally responsible natural products that fill unmet needs for pest, weed and water resource management." She raised $40 million in venture capital to fund the company.

Along the way, she and her companies have won scores of awards and she's been featured in the national media, including front-page coverage in the Wall Street Journal (November 2005).  Her vision: "We will be the world leader in natural product innovation. We will make natural, effective, safe, environmentally friendly products the mainstream future of pest management." (See her biosketch and values on her website.)

Pamela Marrone has been there, done that and she's still doing it. Magnificently. That's why we're all looking forward to her talk on Friday.

By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Author - Communications specialist

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Pamela Marrone is an international expert in agricultural biotechnology and bioscience

Pamela Marrone is an international expert in agricultural biotechnology and bioscience.