Biotalys, an AgTech company addressing food protection challenges to enable a more sustainable and safer food supply, has appointed Simon Moroney as chairman of the board following the company’s Annual General Meeting at the end of last week.
Moroney brings more than 30 years of industry leadership and research experience to the the board. From 1992 to 2019, he was co-founder and CEO of MorphoSys, a leading biotechnology company focused on the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases. At MorphoSys, he played a central role in establishing the company as a driving force in the field of therapeutic antibodies. He currently sits on the board of Novartis as a non-executive director. Moroney has also been awarded with the German Cross of the Order of Merit for his work in the biotechnology industry.
“Simon is an eminent figure in the global life sciences community and his appointment demonstrates our ambition to establish Biotalys at the forefront of innovation in agricultural technology. Simon’s extensive experience and track record will be invaluable to our team as we develop our pipeline of antibody-derived biocontrol solutions,” said Patrice Sellès, CEO of Biotalys. “I also thank Lieven De Smedt for his professional contribution as a consensus-building chairman over the past six years and, in particular, for his active role in the capital rounds and his mentorship in building the company’s management team.”
“I strongly believe Biotalys has great potential to become an important force of innovation in the global AgTech sector, addressing the urgent need for more sustainable food production and offering effective alternatives to conventional crop protection products that are safer for the environment, grower and consumer,” said Moroney.
“I believe my experience in both antibody technology and in building companies from early stage through to commercialization leaves me well placed to guide Biotalys at this key phase in its development. I look forward to working closely with Patrice and the Biotalys leadership team as we continue to build and develop our pipeline of transformative biocontrol solutions.”
Moroney holds a D. Phil in Chemistry from the University of Oxford and has held positions in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge, as assistant professor in the Chemistry Department, University of British Columbia and as associate and lecturer in the Chemistry Department of the ETH Zurich.
Yesterday’s announcement follows the recent submissions to the EU and US regulatory authorities of the registration dossier for the company’s first protein-based biocontrol product, Evoca™ *, Biotalys’ first biofungicide which aims to provide fruit and vegetable growers with a novel mode of action to control key pathogens in selected crops.
* Evoca: Pending registration. This product is not currently registered for sale or use in the European Union, the United States or elsewhere and is not being offered for sale.