Board of Directors

Pictured from left to right:


Phillip Austin - Director

Partner, Anterra Capital


John Sorenson, Ph.D. - Director and CEO/President of Vestaron (former)

Former President, Syngenta Biotechnology


Elin Miller - Vice Chairman


Keith Gillard - Chairman of the Board of Directors

General Partner, Pangaea Ventures, Ltd.


Ronald Meeusen - Director

Managing Partner, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures


James Schultz - Director

Managing Partner, Open Prairie Ventures


Not shown in the picture:


Mark Wong - Director

Serial energy and agriculture entrepreneur

Corporate Officers

Anna Rath - CEO

Anna Rath was appointed Chief Executive Officer in June 2018, bringing extensive agricultural startup leadership experience to Vestaron as it launches its first family of insecticidal peptide products. She has more than a decade of experience across multiple venture-backed ag-tech companies.




Robert M. Kennedy, Ph.D. – CSO

With over 25 years of research management experience, Bob leads Vestaron’s molecular biology and chemistry development teams. Management positions in Fortune 500 companies (Pfizer), academic appointments (Columbia, Michigan) and start-ups add to the leadership and technical experience he brings to Vestaron’s Research and Development success.



Andy Renz – Vice President of Business Development

Over 15 years of industry experience in agricultural innovation and business development. Andy held management positions at BASF, was Vice President of Business Development at Benson Hill Biosystems, and is on the industry advisory board of ag tech start-up’s, incubators and conferences. He has a strong network in agricultural solutions and is an expert in international negotiations.



Ben Cicora – Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

With more than fifteen years of commercial experience across large and small agricultural companies, Ben will

lead the build-out of Vestaron’s commercial team and commercialization of Vestaron’s growing portfolio of bioinsecticides.

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