Our Mission

To improve the world's food supply through the scientific research, development, and application of natural PPFM bacteria to plants and agricultural crops.

The Company

NewLeaf Symbiotics was formed in 2012 to develop and commercialize one of the most prevalent, beneficial bacteria found in nature: PPFMs (Pink Pigmented Facultative Methylotrophs). NewLeaf Symbiotics is the exclusive licensee of a number of patents on the use of this family of bacteria. NewLeaf Symbiotics has also filed its own patents, and is actively developing new technologies related to PPFMs. The Company is engaged in laboratory, greenhouse, and field product trials and expects to commercialize and license products beginning in 2015.


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    Thomas Laurita

    President and CEO

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    Stephen Kahn

    Senior VP and CFO

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    Gregg Bogosian

    Chief Scientist

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    Desmond Jimenez

    Vice President, Development and Manufacturing

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    Todd Mockler

    Vice President, Genomics

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    Doug Bryant

    Vice President, Bioinformatics

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    Mike Bielski

    Vice President, Intellectual Property

Advisory Board

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    James Carrington

    Dr. Carrington earned his PhD in Plant Pathology and is the current president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. He joined the Danforth Center from Oregon State University where he was Distinguished Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology and directed the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing. He is an internationally recognized expert in gene silencing and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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    Mark Holland

    Dr. Holland earned his PhD in Horticulture at Rutgers University. He is a Professor of Biology at Salisbury University (University of Maryland system) and past president of the Washington Academy of Science. He made the original discoveries that led to the development of NewLeaf Symbiotics' PPFM technology.

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    Dilip Shah

    Dr. Shah holds a PhD in Genetics and is a Principal Investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center, where he focuses on plant/microbial interactions. He is a co-inventor on 13 patents that are considered transformational in world agriculture, including the invention of technologies that led to the creation of glyphosate-resistant crops.

Board of Directors