SOURCE: AgraQuest


April 05, 2011 15:09 ET

AgraQuest Announces Addition of Robert Shapiro to Board of Directors

Shapiro Brings Wealth of Knowledge, Experience to Rapidly Growing Sustainable Agriculture Leader

DAVIS, CA--(Marketwire - April 5, 2011) - AgraQuest Inc. today announced the appointment of Robert Shapiro to its board of directors effective immediately. 

Shapiro is co-founder and Managing Director of Sandbox Industries. He was formerly Chairman and CEO of Monsanto Company. Upon the merger of Monsanto with Pharmacia & Upjohn, he served as Chairman of the newly-formed Pharmacia Corporation. To the board of directors of AgraQuest, he brings deep insight into the agriculture industry as well as corporate governance. Shapiro has served on the boards of the New York Stock Exchange (later NYSE Euronext), Citigroup, Rockwell International, Silicon Graphics, and Sequus Pharmaceuticals. He currently serves as a director for Theranos Inc., Sapphire Energy Inc., and Elevance Renewable Sciences.

As a member of the board, Shapiro will help guide AgraQuest's anticipated rapid growth in the global agriculture inputs market. The board will continue to counsel an experienced management team committed to positioning AgraQuest as the go to partner and world leader in innovative, low chemical agricultural solutions. 

The company is developing exciting new products based on a broad pipeline of active ingredients currently under development such as fungicides, insecticides and nematicides. These new active ingredients will add to a robust product portfolio that includes SERENADE® brand products, the premier biofungicide for growers around the world, BALLAD® Plus, a fungicide for improved yields and superior return on investment in row crops, and REQUIEM® insecticide and SONATA® fungicide, that are expanding into the European and Latin American markets. 

"Bob is a tremendous addition to our board with his deep understanding of agriculture and his vision and experience in transforming Monsanto, and thereby the agriculture industry. Bob will provide additional guidance on our path to becoming the premier low chem and sustainable agricultural products company," said Marcus Meadows-Smith, CEO of AgraQuest.

"It is an exciting time to join the board of directors of AgraQuest," said Shapiro. "With its pipeline of advanced biopesticides, AgraQuest is well positioned to deliver innovative solutions for more sustainable agricultural practices."

Shapiro is a 1959 graduate of Harvard College and holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law.

About AgraQuest Inc.
AgraQuest is a biotechnology company that focuses on discovering, manufacturing and marketing highly effective pest management products for agricultural, institutional and home markets. The company holds a large portfolio of its own proprietary products, as well as actively in-licenses technology that fits into its low chem portfolio. As a leader in green agriculture and the emerging low chem sector, AgraQuest works to provide growers with solutions that offer best in class control while reducing the chemical load on the environment and creating sustainable agriculture opportunities. The Agrochemical division of AgraQuest offers a global portfolio of products -- recognized as safer to beneficials, workers and the environment -- that includes SERENADE®, SERENADE® SOIL, SERENADE® Garden, RHAPSODY®, SONATA®, and BALLAD® fungicides and REQUIEM® insecticide.

AgraQuest's BioInnovations division provides the company an avenue to take biological and low-chemical technology created for the agriculture industry and discover innovative uses for it in related markets. The BioInnovations division identifies both appropriate market segments and opportunities for AgraQuest's intellectual property, while seeking industry leaders in ancillary markets to partner in the commercialization and distribution process. AgraQuest has received several environmental awards including the Presidential Green Chemistry Award from the U.S. EPA for the discovery and commercialization of SERENADE. It also received the prestigious Global Frost & Sullivan Growth Leadership Award in 2009 for the biopesticides market. For more information visit