KALAMAZOO, Mich., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Vestaron Corporation today announced the election of John Sorenson to the position of chairman and Elin Miller to the position of vice chairman of the company's Board of Directors. Both were previously members of the board. Former Chairman Eli Thomssen remains on the board.
"The election of John as chairman and Elin as vice chairman will add strength to our Board," said John L. McIntyre, Ph.D., Vestaron president and chief executive officer. "With our product strategy highly focused on the agrochemical area, John's corporate and academic experience and Elin's experience as both a government regulator and private sector executive bring just the background and perspective we need to move our innovative insecticides from R&D into the marketplace. I would also like to thank Eli for his leadership as our board's first chairman."
Sorenson was formerly president of Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc., and before that president of Syngenta Seeds, Inc. and president of Rogers Seed Company, a Syngenta subsidiary. Sorenson's experience also includes plant biotechnology research and development with Asgrow, an Upjohn company, where his responsibilities included head of the global vegetable seed business and head of biotechnology. Before moving to the private sector, Sorenson was a tenured associate professor at North Carolina State University. He received his doctorate in biology from the University of South Carolina.
Miller previously held senior management positions with Dow, Dow AgroSciences and ArystaLifeScience. She also served in government leadership positions with the California EPA, the California Department of Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Miller formerly served as Chair of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) and was recently elected as vice chair for the National FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) Individual Giving Council. She is a graduate in Agronomy/Plant Protection from the University of Arizona. She and her husband actively farm hazelnuts in Oregon.
Vestaron is developing a new generation of insecticides using natural peptides from spiders. The company's technology is based on ground-breaking research conducted at the University of Connecticut. Over 50 unique, natural insecticidal peptides have been identified. This patented technology is exclusively licensed to Vestaron. Products under development have a unique mode of action, are highly effective against insects and related pests and are harmless to non-target species, including humans. Target markets include agriculture, animal health and specialty non-crop uses such as household insects. VestaronCleanTech products will be ideally suited for the environmentally conscious twenty-first century. For more information visit www.vestaron.com.
SOURCE Vestaron Corporation