Cibus (CBUS) Appoints Jim Collins to its Board

September 18, 2023 5:25 PM EDT

Cibus, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBUS), a global leader in Gene Editing in agriculture and the development of Productivity Traits in plants that directly impact farming productivity and profitability announced that its Board of Directors has elected Jim Collins, former CEO of Corteva, to the Board.

“Jim brings to Cibus immense knowledge and strategic vision on the direction of the future role and use of Gene Editing in agriculture,” said Mark Finn, Chair of the Audit Committee. “Jim’s experience leading one of the largest agricultural and seed companies will give us important leadership as to where gene editing can have the greatest global impact in supporting farmers in increasing the profitability and sustainability of the major crops by addressing critical challenge areas for productivity such as diseases and pests.”

“His insights and experience in developing and launching industry-changing innovative technologies are invaluable to Cibus,” says Rory Riggs, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Cibus. “Importantly, Jim brings to our efforts a focus on commercialization and productivity that is critical to our organization and its success as it begins commercializing its initial traits.”

“I’m excited to join the Cibus Board as it brings gene editing technology to trait development that can change both the speed to market and the range of possible targets to address farming productivity and profitability. It aligns with my passion and career-long focus on improving the resiliency and sustainability of agriculture,” says Mr. Collins. “I am impressed with Cibus’ leadership team and believe wholeheartedly in the mission and potential of the organization and technology.”

From 2019 to 2021, Mr. Collins was CEO and a member of the Board of Corteva Agriscience, a Fortune 200 agricultural and seed company with 22,000 employees around the globe. During that time, he spearheaded many initiatives to enhance sustainability, focusing on helping farmers lead with new practices and innovations. Before that, he served in various leadership positions in the agriculture business at Corteva’s predecessors, DowDuPont and DuPont.

Mr. Collins serves on the Board of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), as Chair of the Board of Directors of Vestaron Corporation, and as an advisor to the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He previously served on the Board of CropLife International, the advisory board for the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, and the Board of Trustees of the Hagley Museum and Library. He was also a member of the US-China Business Council and the Business Roundtable, where he served on the Special Committee on Equity and Racial Justice and the Climate Policy and Trade Committees. Mr. Collins was also a University of Tennessee Lone Oaks Farm Advisory Council member and served on the Board of Trustees of Longwood Botanical Gardens. Mr. Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Christian Brothers University in Tennessee and an MBA from the University of Delaware.

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