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RiceTec announces appointment of Dr. Amitabh Mohanty as New Head of Global R&D

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23 December 2023, TexasDr. José Ré, a key figure on RiceTec’s leadership team is retiring from his role as Global Head of Research and Development by the end of March 2024. Succeeding Dr. Ré will be Dr. Amitabh Mohanty as the new Head of Global Research and Development.

Dr. José Ré

Under Dr. José Ré’s leadership, the RiceTec R&D program has flourished globally and positioned the company as a leader in sustainable rice agriculture with a market-leading portfolio of commercial hybrids that were launched in India, US, Mercosur, and various export markets.

Reflecting on Ré’s tenure, CEO Karsten Neuffer remarked, “José’s 19-year tenure at RiceTec has been characterized by extraordinary leadership and visionary foresight, consistently steering us towards groundbreaking achievements in sustainable rice agriculture. We wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

Before joining RiceTec, Dr. Mohanty served at Corteva Agriscience as Leader of Global Biotech Operations, Trait Discovery Operations Leader, and Program Leader, Ag Productivity, and Insect Control Traits. His contributions there were key to the success of their trait pipeline. Dr. Mohanty brings rich experience and expertise in trait discovery, technology, and product development in rice. [KN1] His domain knowledge is well-recognized by external peers. He was invited to serve as a member of the Genome Engineering Task Force of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India.

Dr. Mohanty holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the Department of Plant Molecular Biology at the University of Delhi South Campus, India, and did his post-doctoral studies at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York. He is a contributor to scientific literature with numerous journal articles and patents to his name, as well as a rich history of participation in scientific conferences and symposiums.

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