PlantResponse™ is continuing its growth with the appointment of Dr. Frédéric Brunner as its new Head of Research and Development.

About Frédéric Brunner, Head of R&D

Frédéric Brunner has over 20 years’ research experience. He received a degree in Biochemistry from the University Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg, France), and a PhD in molecular biology from the Department of Phytopathology, Institute of Plant Molecular Biology, CNRS, Strasbourg. His doctoral thesis was entitled “The five classes of TMV-induced tobacco chitinases: substrate specificities and putative function in the release of defence-inducing chito-oligosaccharides.”

After gaining his PhD he worked for almost 10 years as postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (Halle, Germany) and the University of Tübingen (Germany). In 2008 he became independent research group leader at the Plant Biochemistry department of the University of Tübingen, where he was principal investigator of several research projects focusing on plant immunity.

During his stay in Tübingen, Frédéric published two patents and co-authored numerous articles published in international impact journals. He teached also Biochemistry for MSc and BSc students in Biology and Biochemistry and was ERASMUS coordinator. Frédéric will be a great asset to PlantResponse, as he brings vast experience and knowledge into the team.

In the words of Frédéric Brunner, new Head of R&D at PlantResponse:

“PlantResponse has an enviable reputation and track record for successfully establishing national and international collaborations with prestigious research organizations, arising from long-term focus on investment in research and development. I’m really looking forward to using my expertise to help drive further growth for the company.”

Marisé Borja, Chief Technology Officer at PlantResponse, said:

“Frédéric is an excellent scientist with the best background to boost our research and development goals and to ensure we are well positioned to deliver our ambitious growth plans. We are delighted he is joining our team after a fruitful collaboration, and we believe he is a perfect match.”

The role of Frédéric Brunner in PlantResponse

Frédéric, as new Head of R&D, will lead PlantResponse research efforts to build a robust and innovative portfolio in plant protection and growth stimulation, spearheading product development and helping to drive our Fast-Track platform for the identification of new bioactive compounds.

PlantResponse is experiencing significant growth. Frédéric’s appointment is another success of our investment in research and development this year. We are confident that he will play a critical role in helping the company to achieve a leadership position in the agrobiologicals market.