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Arcadia Biosciences taps new head of research and development

Randy Shultz has nearly 20 years experience, including a stint as global crop lead at Inari Agriculture
Schultz spent four years at Monsanto leading R&D, dicot transformation and gene editing teams

Arcadia Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:RKDA), a food-ingredient company, said Tuesday it has tapped Randy Shultz as its new head of research and development.

Shultz has nearly 20 years of plant science and agricultural biology experience, including a stint as global crop lead at Inari Agriculture, a plant breeding company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was head of R&D.

WATCH: Arcadia Biosciences on cusp of launching its GoodWheat and Soybean products

“Throughout his career, Randy has established a reputation as a keen R&D strategist, driving products through the pipeline from invention through commercial planning,” said Arcadia CEO Raj Ketkar in a statement. “We are thrilled to have a science leader of Randy’s caliber as we build our capabilities in cannabis and advance future innovations in our GoodWheat portfolio of novel wheat attributes.”

Shultz previously spent four years at Monsanto leading R&D, dicot transformation and gene-editing teams. In 2018, he co-founded Craved By Dogs, a company that sells cannabidiol-infused dog treats. 

Shultz replaces Claire McCallum, who now works as a consultant in agricultural biology. 

Shares of the California-based company were up nearly 2% to $7.13 at midday.

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