Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith

Director of Microbials Development
AgBiome

An experienced biotechnology innovator, Kelly Smith returned to the entrepreneurial community in 2014. She formed the fermentation and formulation research team at AgBiome, after serving as Head of Pasteuria Bioscience for Syngenta Crop Protection. She was a co-founder of Pasteuria Bioscience, where she was principally responsible for development of the proprietary Pasteuria manufacturing process.  She served as CTO prior to its acquisition by Syngenta in 2012. Prior to Pasteuria Bioscience, she worked in research and development for Entomos, Inc, developing an early version of the Pasteuria fermentation process, and Hercules Chemical, developing biocides and biological diagnostics for the paper industry.  She holds an MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University.