Comstock's magazine 1218 - December 2018 - Page 30

n DISCOURSE A New Lay of the Land Entrepreneur and entomologist Pamela Marrone on biologicals in farming and the Capital Region’s innovation ecosystem INTERVIEW BY Sena Christian PHOTO: Noel Neuburger P amela Marrone, an entomologist by training, founded Marrone Bio Innovations in 2006 to develop biologically-based products for pest management and plant health, for use by both organic and conventional farmers. She took the company public in 2013, and MBI now has several prod- ucts on the market and more than 400 patents issued or pending. Comstock’s spoke with Marrone about MBI and the Capital Region’s growing innovation ecosystem. 30 | December 201 8