Crop Protection

Former Bayer SVP Global Crop Protection Asset Management Hartmut van Lengerich appointed as Chairman of Moa Technology

29 November 2023, UK: Moa Technology, a biotechnology (agribio) company tackling herbicide-resistant weeds that threaten the world’s food security announced the appointment of Hartmut van Lengerich as Chairman. 

Hartmut is an agricultural economist with over 30 years of experience in global strategic and operational roles. This includes serving as Bayer Crop Science’s CEO for Canada, Global Head of Cereals, Head of Fungicides, and, most recently as SVP for Portfolio- and Asset Management for the Crop Protection Portfolio of Bayer AG, overseeing $13 billion in worldwide sales. Today, Hartmut, who is German, is a senior adviser to Boston Consulting Group. 

Hartmut will chair Moa, which was spun out of the University of Oxford in 2017 and now employs more than 60 employees, as it develops and commercializes its pipeline of next-generation synthetic and bioherbicides based on novel modes of action (MOAs). 

Innovation to develop next-generation herbicides is urgently needed to overcome the pressing issue of herbicide-resistant weeds, which threaten food security and agricultural productivity, and are a major problem for growing numbers of farmers across the world. Without effective herbicides, farmers can lose up to 40% of their crop yield as a result of weed growth. The situation is comparable to the threat from antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the efficacy of certain medicines. 

Hartmut will formally start as non-executive Chairman on 1 January 2024 but will serve as a strategic advisor and join the board as an observer before this. He succeeds Hadyn Parry, who is stepping back from his role on Moa’s board after nearly five years as its chairman after stewarding the company successfully through its formation and early-stage growth. Hadyn was involved in appointing Hartmut to the role and will continue his involvement with Moa as a consultant.  

Hartmut van Lengerich, Chairman-Elect of Moa Technology said,“It is a great time to be joining Moa, as it moves from being a discovery-stage company to one developing and commercializing its strong pipeline of next-generation herbicides. There is clear momentum within the company and a great opportunity before it. The need for next-generation herbicides across the world is urgent and growing, as the challenges from herbicide-resistant weeds keep increasing. In addition, more rigorous regulatory restrictions add to the innovation need as there are ever fewer herbicide options available to growers around the world. Moa’s unique abilities enable it to identify, understand, and develop new herbicides with game-changing speed, accuracy, and rigor using its proprietary biotech and AI-based, plant-led discovery engine. It has a vital role to play, and I look forward to helping it develop and evolve.” 

Hadyn Parry, outgoing Chairman of Moa Technology said, “I’m delighted to hand over to an agricultural industry veteran with such remarkable experience and knowledge, who combines strong commercial instincts and an invaluable understanding of the path to commercializing new products in this area. I have hugely enjoyed chairing Moa as it has grown from a university spin-out to a company that today is backed by leading investors and has a rich pipeline of potential next-generation herbicides and employs dozens of exceptionally talented scientists.” 

Virginia Corless, Chief Executive Officer of Moa Technology, said, “We are delighted that Hartmut will be joining Moa as chairman, and I am greatly looking forward to working with him as the company develops its strong pipeline of high-potential next-generation herbicides. In particular, he will bring immense industry experience and commercial understanding, as well as a remarkable network that will help us bring our essential discoveries to farmers’ fields faster. In addition, we are grateful to Hadyn for his exceptional stewardship of and contribution to the company during the past years.”  

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