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Technical advisory board named to support Global Biotech Potato Partnership

The Feed the Future Global Biotech Potato Partnership is a five-year project managed by Michigan State University that focuses on the commercialization of late blight disease resistant potatoes in farmer-preferred varieties in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, and Nigeria.

The Partnership is pleased to announce members of the project’s technical advisory board (TAB). The TAB is comprised of seven independent members who have expertise in biotechnology, plant pathology, biotech regulations, intellectual property, and international development. The eighth member of the TAB represents USAID project management.

The TAB reviews the quality and pertinence of the science and technologies used in the project and provides strategic guidance on multiple topics, including advocacy, communication, fundraising, risk mitigation, and ethical issues. The TAB will also offer overall guidance and oversight for the project and provide topic-related expert advice.

The eight TAB members include:

  • Jim Gaffney – USAID
  • Dennis Halterman – USDA/ARS
  • Diana Horvath – 2BLADES Foundation
  • Jonathan Jones – The Sainsbury Laboratory
  • Lawrence Kent – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Muffy Koch – Simplot Plant Sciences
  • Craig Richael – Simplot Plant Sciences
  • Peter VanderZaag – Sunrise Potato

Feed the Future Global Biotech Potato Partnership would like to thank these talented experts for volunteering their time and vast knowledge.

Source: Feed the Future Global Biotech Potato Partnership

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