"Improving Plant [Re-]Productivity"
Accelerated Ag Technologies, LLC brings innovative, next generation solutions to large problems in agriculture. With decades of experience, a team of agricultural industry experts with diverse breadth recently formed a venture to impact the overall reliability of agricultural production. Accelerated Ag Technologies has developed several proprietary, patent pending methods to improve the way the seed industry produces and delivers high yielding products to their customers.
Todd has over 20 years of research experience in the seed and biotech industry, including both research and leadership positions at Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer. His career has focused on applying molecular tools for enabling plant improvement, biotech trait development, developing plant genetics based research strategies and leading large research teams that operate at the intersection of discovery and product development. Prior to forming Accelerated Ag Technologies, Todd served as a senior research director leading global mid-stream development efforts for biotech traits at DuPont Pioneer.
Jason has 20 years of experience in leading the development of theoretical and applied engineering solutions for agricultural biotechnology. Formerly with DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto, Jason has leveraged his broad and deep knowledge of science and applied engineering to partner closely and effectively with industry business partners in need of next generation technology solutions. These partnerships have resulted in the development of numerous agricultural industry impacting technologies. Jason currently has more than 40 pending and granted US patents. Prior to joining Accelerated Ag Technologies, Jason served as the leader of Enabling Technologies at DuPont Pioneer.
Mark is a Professor of Crop Production and Physiology in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University. Dr. Westgate is recognized internationally as an authority on corn and soybean reproductive development, and has conducted collaborative research in Europe, Australia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America, and Science Fellow of the Australian National University. His research program centers on understanding the physiological mechanisms controlling the response of seed formation and development to environmental stresses. Westgate's research and collaborations have coupled the quantitative aspects of floral biology with the physical drivers of pollen dispersal in several crops, and have used this approach to predict seed formation and out-crossing in maize seed and grain production.