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Gerhard Prante, PhD

Gerhard Prante, PhD

Vice Chairman

Dr. Prante has been a strong proponent for the integration of biotechnology into agribusiness. He has served as a member of several industry associations including the German Crop Protection and Fertilizer Association, the European Crop Protection Association, the Global Crop Protection Federation, and the Global Plant Science Industry Federation. Since 2002, he has been an active consultant to the industry.

Dr. Prante began his career in 1970 with Hoechst AG and was eventually named head of the agricultural division in 1985. This was a leadership role he held until 1994, when he formed and became CEO of AgrEvo, a company of Hoechst and Schering. AgrEvo was merged into Aventis CropScience at the end of 1999, of which he was the deputy CEO until the company was acquired by Bayer AG and became part of Bayer CropScience. Dr. Prante served as a member of the SVB of Bayer CropScience until 2012.

Dr. Prante received a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Kiel.