As Executive Vice President of Product Commercialization, Michael Lanahan brings over 20 years of experience in plant research and business development to Agrivida. His areas of expertise include business development, new business strategy, investment selection, and product development. Prior to joining Agrivida, Dr. Lanahan led programs at Monsanto and Syngenta focusing on enzyme development and enzyme expression in plants. His achievements include developing corn-expressing amylase and phytase enzymes for use in ethanol production and animal feed. Dr. Lanahan earned a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Washington University in St. Louis.
As Chief Financial Officer, Andy Ashworth brings over 17 years of senior leadership experience in global renewable chemicals, enzymes, and industrial biotechnology to Agrivida. His areas of expertise include accounting, tax management, treasury management, and corporate finance. In addition, he has extensive experience in strategic planning, and manufacturing cost analysis and performance. Prior to joining Agrivida, Mr. Ashworth served as CFO of BioAmber Inc., and CFO of the Genencor Biotechnology division of Danisco AS. Mr. Ashworth earned a B.A. degree in economics from Hartwick College, and an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Serving as Vice President of Supply Chain & Logistics at Agrivida, Dennis Penland leads development of a reliable, cost-effective supply chain for the high-quality material required for Agrivida products. Specializing in identity-preserved seed and grain production, Mr. Penland has over 30 years of experience with leading seed, grain processing, and biotechnology companies, including DuPont, Syngenta, Garst Seed Company, and Cerestar. Prior to joining Agrivida in 2015, Mr. Penland developed businesses focused on conversion of starch and cellulose to ethanol. Mr. Penland earned a B.S. degree in agricultural business from Missouri State University.