POWERPOLLEN LEADERSHIP TEAM
Todd Krone, Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Todd Krone is a proven leader (20+ years) of large R&D teams in ag biotech, with expertise integrating biotech traits into commercial seed products. Prior to founding PowerPollen in 2015, Todd served as a senior research director leading global midstream development efforts for biotech traits at DuPont Pioneer. Todd has a Ph.D. in plant genetics from the University of Minnesota.
Chief Intellectual Property Officer
Jason Cope is a proven leader (20+ years) of multidisciplinary science and engineering teams, delivering proprietary solutions for the seed industry. Prior to co-founding PowerPollen, Jason served as a technical lead for DuPont Pioneer. Jason brings a level of innovation and creativity that drives strong intellectual property positions.
Mark Westgate, Ph.D
Chief Science Officer
Dr. Mark Westgate is a globally recognized crop reproductive physiologist and recently retired from Iowa State University where he was a faculty member for 21+ years. Mark is the president of the Crop Science Society of America, and brings the science and biology expertise to the development and implementation of pollen preservation protocols for scaled pollen handling systems.
Federico Valverdes, Ph.D
Director of R&D; Biology
Dr. Federico Valverdes is a plant physiologist focused on understanding cellular metabolism and interactions. Federico’s 25+ years of research on multiple crops brings a broad perspective on solving agricultural challenges. Previous roles involved research on mechanism of tolerance to nutritional, mechanical and temperature stresses. Federico holds a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Iowa State University.
Mike Lauer, Ph.D
Director of Operations
Mike Lauer has 25+ years experience in the seed industry leading teams to characterize inbred parents of pre-commercial and commercial hybrids for producibility and leading production research teams to enhance cost effectiveness in corn seed production. Previous to his career in the seed industry, Mike was an assistant professor of agronomy at The Ohio State University. Mike has a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of Missouri.
Director of Technology and Strategic Relationships
Andy is a proven innovator with 20+ years’ experience directing engineering and software teams to deploy large-scale, engineered solutions. Andy has designed and integrated embedded technology and developed many successful critical collaborations both domestically and internationally. Andy has degrees in electronics and engineering from Pittsburg State University in Kansas.