Michael Thompson, PhD
Dr. Michael Thompson is Vice President of Partner Development with Benson Hill Biosystems.
He is personally passionate about eliminating poverty and hunger and professionally responsible for improving crop performance through adoption of Benson Hill’s proprietary computational and systems biology platform, CropOS™. Prior to joining Benson Hill, Dr. Thompson served as Director of Global Sales and Market Development for Illumina’s Agriculture business. Other previous roles include managing the DNA Technologies division of BioDiagnostics, Inc., varioius leadership positions in research and technology development at Monsanto, and a post-doctoral research associate position at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dr. Thompson holds a bachelors degree in Chemistry & Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Ph.D. degree in plant molecular biology from the University of Minnesota.