Jim Skinner

President and Chief Executive Officer

“Eliminating toxic chemicals from our environment — Protecting our livestock & food sources…These are my passions.”

Toxic chemicals are dangerous – for humans, animals and our environment. Some common pesticides have been linked to bee colony collapse, a significant threat to our food supply. My goal was, and is, to find natural, non-toxic, products to “safely” address farm and livestock insect infestations. That’s why I founded Terregena Inc.”

In addition, to serving the agricultural market with Terregena, Jim is also Adjunct Professor at Western Carolina University. In previous positions of responsibility, he has been President and CEO of three publicly traded companies and has served as Corporate Vice President and General Manager and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for several multi-national corporations including Phillips Medical Systems and Becton Dickinson, following a successful career in sales and marketing with Johnson and Johnson and Bayer.

Jim has been a Member of the Board of Advisors of the Whitehead Institute at MIT in Boston and a member of the Board of Graduate School Board of Advisors at North Carolina State University. He has also been a member of the Board of Advisors of Southern Capital Ventures, a venture fund in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; a Founder, former Board and Executive Committee Member and Vice President of the North Carolina Biosciences Industry Organization.

Jim was previously a member of the Board of the Biotechnology Commercialization Centre Fund of the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology of the Ontario (Canada). He also acted as the Chairman of the Emerging Company Section Board of Governors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization as well as a member of the BIO Board of Directors and the Executive Commitee and was appointed by Governor James Hunt to Chair the North Carolina Entrepreneurial Board.

Jim’s education includes an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Canada; a BA in Economics from York University in Toronto; and graduated in Chemical Engineering Technology from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Jim is a also Registered Medical Laboratory Technologist in Immunohematology.

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