Dr. Howard has over 30 years of experience directing biotechnology groups in research, regulatory, production, intellectual property, and business development in two Fortune 500 companies and two Start-up Companies. He is an author//inventor on 200 publications and patents. Prior to his current activities as President of ABI, Dr. Howard founded ProdiGene, a biotechnology company focused on biopharmaceuticals and industrial products from plants. Before forming ProdiGene, Dr. Howard was director of Protein Products at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., where he initiated a program to develop and produce recombinant protein products from plants. From 1987-1994, he was director of the Biotechnology Research Department at Pioneer which included developing new traits and technology for a variety of crops. He began his career at Stauffer Chemical Company in Richmond, California (1978-1987), where he initiated and directed a biotechnology research program.