The state’s food and agriculture initiative is adding to its board of directors. AgriNovus Indiana Chief Executive Officer Beth Bechdol says the four new board members represent the best of Indiana’s diverse agbiosciences sector.
The new members include Bloomington-based The Bee Corp. Chief Executive Officer Ellie Symes, DTN Inc. Vice President of Research Johnny Park, Indiana Office of Management and Budget Director Micah Vincent and Indiana Economic Development Corp. Chief Innovation Officer David Roberts. Bechdol says the members are well-recognized thought leaders and innovators.
"They are creative entrepreneurs who have built successful ag tech businesses and are state executives committed to making Indiana the home to unparalleled agbioscience talent and innovation," said Bechdol. "We look forward to the additional big picture and strategic thinking they will bring to our current board leadership."
Symes co-founded The Bee Corp., which uses technology to assist beekeepers in reducing hive loss through Internet of Things and data analytics, in 2016. Symes recently won the Rising Star Award at this year’s Techpoint Mira Awards and the company was received a Small Business Impact Award from the Indiana Small Business Development Center.
Park is the founder of Spensa Technologies, which was acquired by Minnesota-based DTN earlier this year. He previously served as a faculty member at Purdue University’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
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