Industry Vet to Lead Research at Valent

Published in the October 2013 Issue Published online: Oct 20, 2013 News

Eric JohnsonDr. Eric Johnson has been named the company's new vice president of technology at Valent U.S.A. Corporation.

Johnson will oversee all research and development functions, as well as all regulatory activities.

Johnson joins Valent after 29 years with Monsanto Company, where he was recognized as an expert in the development and launch of innovative technologies in crop protection and biotechnology traits. His contributions to the global agriculture industry include the launch of novel herbicides, the introduction of Roundup Ready soybeans in the United States and abroad, the development of new technologies for corn and vegetables and the creation of tropical research programs in Brazil.

Johnson's decision to join Valent was based in part on the company's focus on innovation, its diverse portfolio of products-including a rapidly expanding line of biorational offerings-and the opportunity to lead new active ingredients through the entirety of the market development process.

Johnson will be based in the company's headquarters in Walnut Creek, Calif.