Richard W. Hamilton, Ph.D.
Richard W. Hamilton, Ph.D. became a Director of the company in March 2017. From 2002 to 2016, Dr. Hamilton served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors at Ceres, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology company that developed and marketed seeds and traits to produce crops for animal feed, sugar and other markets. From 1998 to 2002, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Ceres. In 2016, Ceres was acquired by Land O'Lakes. In addition to his leadership role at Ceres, Dr. Hamilton has sat on the Keck Graduate Institute Advisory Council and he was a founding member of the Council for Sustainable Biomass Production. He has served on the U.S. Department of Energy's Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and has been active in the Biotechnology Industry Organization where he has served as Vice Chairman of the organization, chaired its Food and Agriculture Governing Board and served in other leadership roles. From 1996 to 1998, Dr. Hamilton was a Principal at Oxford Bioscience Partners, one of the leading investors in the genomics field and a founder of Ceres. He was an Associate at Boston-based MVP Ventures from 1993 to1996. From 1990 to 1992, he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hamilton holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. in biology from St. Lawrence University.