Ag biotech leader helps startups from Sioux Falls

Mark Stowers’ career has taken him across the globe, through South Dakota and back again.

The C-suite adviser in agriculture, bioproducts and bioenergy has worked across five continents and now is based in Sioux Falls, where he is also a member of the board of directors for South Dakota Biotech, helping guide the industry’s growth statewide.

“Mark is such an asset to South Dakota, and we need to connect him with other established businesses as well as entrepreneurs,” said Joni Ekstrum, executive director of South Dakota Biotech. “His career is impressive, fascinating and incredibly valuable to other businesses looking to grow on the ag and energy side of the bioscience industry.”

Stowers, a Houston native, first came to Sioux Falls in the mid-2000s as the senior vice president of science and technology at POET. He’s now the founder of The Global Bluefish Co., a company he formed to focus on de-risking agricultural, food and chemicals businesses globally.

We sat down with him to learn more about his background and the future he envisions for biotech in South Dakota.

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