John Howard has over 30 years’ experience in directing biotechnology groups in research, regulatory, production, intellectual property, and business development for two Fortune 500 companies and two start-up companies. In addition to directing a number of technology innovations, he also directed the commercial introduction of the first plant biotechnology products for crop improvement and the first industrial and human health products produced from transgenic plants. He is an author on over 100 publications and patents in biotechnology. Dr. Howard is the Founder and President of Applied Biotechnology Institute, a company focused on providing early stage research and development for plant biotechnology products targeted to industrial and pharmaceutical markets with minimal risk.
Prior to ABI, Dr. Howard founded ProdiGene, a biotechnology company focused on biopharmaceuticals and industrial products from plants. Before ProdiGene, Dr. Howard was director of Protein Products at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., where he initiated and developed a program to develop and produce recombinant protein products from plants. From 1987 to 1994, he was director of the Biotechnology Research Department at Pioneer which developed new traits and technology for a variety of crops. He began his career at Stauffer Chemical Company in Richmond, California in 1978 to1987, where he initiated and directed a biotechnology research program focused mainly on corn and sunflower. Dr. Howard received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Riverside.