Dr. Pam Marrone is CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations, a company she started in 2006 to discover and develop bio-based products for pest management and plant health. In 2013, MBI listed its stock on NASDAQ. The company’s products are used in fruit, nut, vegetable and row crop markets. She is on the Dean’s Advisory Councils for UC Davis Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She holds more than 40 patents. She has a B.S. in entomology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in entomology from North Carolina State University.
In the 27 years I have lived in Davis, there has only been one sizeable business park with wet lab space for life sciences and ag biotechnology companies, which is University Research Park at the corner of Drew Avenue and Richards Boulevard. Each and every time another proposed development for wet lab space comes up to the Davis City Council or to voters, it fails to get a green light.