John Steffens has a unique background in management of public and private sector research, as well as experience in business and product development, regulatory affairs, and project management. His strengths include developing and launching product concepts and working with regulators and scientists to meet regulatory guidelines for a wide range of crops and traits for global market approvals.
In the public sector, John was on the faculty at Cornell University for 12 years where his research and teaching interests were in biochemistry, molecular biology and plant breeding. In the private sector he has led trait development groups while managing strategic research collaborations, technology assessment and open innovation programs. He earned his Ph.D in biology and chemistry and a BA in biology from the University of Virginia. He is an active board member of the Lake Forest Association and the Biofuels Center of North Carolina. As an author of more than 70 publications and patents, he is a well-known expert in plant biochemistry and molecular biology.