Prior to that, he was a research director for the Novartis herbicide business unit, during which time his team invented the Acuron™ hebicide tolerance technology, developed corn and sugar beet varieties engineered with the Acuron™ gene and built the patent strategy to protect the technology. Prior to that, he worked in Basel, Switzerland, as a project leader for Ciba Crop Protection in the Weed Control business unit. Dr. Ward began his career in 1988 with Ciba-Geigy as a postdoctoral associate, during which time he pioneered methods for the cloning of large DNA fragments from plants. Dr. Ward has authored more than 65 scientific publications and is inventor on more than 20 issued patents.

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