Pamela Marrone, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
Dr. Pamela Marrone, CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), started the company in 2006 to discover and develop effective and environmentally-responsible, biologically-based products for pest management and plant health. In August 2013, she led the company to be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange, raising net proceeds of $56.4 million.
Prior to establishing MBI, Dr. Marrone founded AgraQuest (1995-2006) where she served as its CEO, Chairman and President. Before AgraQuest, she was founding president of Entotech, Inc. (1990-1995), a biopesticide subsidiary of Novo Nordisk. Pam started her career in biopesticides by leading the Insect Biology group at Monsanto (1983-1990), which was involved in pioneering projects based on natural products and plant biotechnology.
In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Pam is active with industry and other ag and education-related organizations. She is the founding Chair of the Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA), a trade association of more than 80 biopesticide and related companies, is on the Board of the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists Foundation and is a Board member of the Organic Farming Research Foundation. Pam also serves on the UC Davis College of Ag and Environmental Sciences and the Cornell University College of Ag and Life Sciences Deans’ Advisory Councils. She is the Treasurer of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).
In 2013, Dr. Marrone was named the Sacramento Business Journal’s Businessperson of the Year and in 2014 the “Best Manager with Strategic Vision.” by Agrow, the industry’s leading global trade publication and media group. These are two of many awards she has received for her leadership.
Dr. Marrone has a B.S. in entomology with Honors and Distinction from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in entomology from North Carolina State University. She is a Fellow of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).