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Dr. Hong Zhu promoted to Sr. VP of Research and Development at BioConsortia


BioConsortia, Inc., innovator of microbial solutions for natural plant
trait enhancement and yield improvement, announced the promotion of Dr.
Hong Zhu to Senior Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. Hong
Zhu will lead the next phase of expansion of BioConsortia's Advanced
Microbial Selection (AMS) technology platform, including discovery
pipelines, product development, and commercialization. In his new role,
Dr. Zhu will oversee R&D operations, set R&D strategies, and direct
scientists at the company's New Zealand research center and U.S.

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BioConsortia has promoted Dr. Hong Zhu to Sr. VP, Research & Development. Dr. Zhu will lead a world- ...

BioConsortia has promoted Dr. Hong Zhu to Sr. VP, Research & Development. Dr. Zhu will lead a world-class R & D team, including over a dozen PhD level agronomists and biological scientists in developing Advanced Microbial Selection (AMS), the revolutionary new approach to biological product discovery in about 2/3's the time and cost for specialty fertilizers, seeds and direct application to field and other crops for draught resistance, root masse, overall plant health and substantial yield increases. (Photo: Business Wire)

"Hong has been an exceptional contributor to every team at BioConsortia
over the past two years. His decades of experience in the agricultural
biologicals space, coupled with extensive technical expertise, has help
grow the team both in numbers and in skill. I have no doubt that he will
continue this success as he beings directing the whole R&D
organization," says Marcus Meadows-Smith, CEO, who worked with Hong
prior to their time at BioConsortia at biopesticide company AgraQuest
and later at the biologics division of Bayer CropScience.

Dr. Zhu joined BioConsortia in 2016 from Bayer CropScience to lead the
company's development programs. He has more than 20 years of industry
experience in developing microbial based biopesticides, bioherbicides
and biofetilizers. Since joining BioConsortia, Dr. Zhu has driven
enhancements in the proprietary AMS process to speed time-to-value. He
has honed in on industry needs, strengthened the R&D portfolio, and been
instrumental in moving a number of leads into product development.
Leading the R&D team as one group is a natural fit for him.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sue Turner, who has been Sr. VP of Research since 2014
and who championed the AMS process in the U.S. as the company moved
headquarters from New Zealand to Davis, California, will return to her
home in Auckland where she will continue consulting with the company and
will join the ranks of its Scientific Advisory Board.

"I'm excited to lead the team forward as we continue to expand our
discovery platform and move products into the development phase. Dr. Sue
Turner has built a fantastic research team over the past 4 years and we
are delighted she will continue with us on a consulting basis," says Dr.
Zhu. "I am enthusiastic about exploiting this strong base and moving
toward the launch of a portfolio of biological products with higher
consistency and superior efficacy."

About Us

BioConsortia, Inc. is developing effective microbial solutions that
enhance plant phenotypes and increase crop yields. We are pioneering the
use of directed selection in identifying teams of microbes - working
like plant breeders and selecting plants based on targeted
characteristics, then isolating the associated microbial community. Our
proprietary Advanced Microbial Selection (AMS) process enriches the crop
microbiome, allowing us, with the assistance of digital imaging,
microbiome analysis and machine learning, to identify organisms that
influence the expression of beneficial traits in plants. We are
currently focused on products for fertilizer use efficiency, growth
improvement and both abiotic tolerance and biotic resistance, as
commercial seed treatments, liquid in-furrow products, and granule
products for a range of crops.

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