About Us Game ChangersAt Calyxt, we’re doing what farmers and botanists have been doing for hundreds of years: choosing the best crops and breeding them to make stronger, more sustainable, higher-yielding plants. We accelerate that process with leading-edge TALEN® technology to enhance the unique characteristics that naturally exist in each plant, allowing us to develop healthier and more sustainable ingredients. Founded in 2010, Calyxt is headquartered in Roseville, Minnesota. Leading-edge plant science is what we doTranscription Activator-Like Effector Nuclease (TALEN®) is a big part of how we do it. Developed in part by Calyxt co-founder and Chief Science Officer Dan Voytas, Ph.D., TALEN is an advanced breeding technology that allows for precision targeting of existing genes within a plant’s genome. That targeting allows our scientists to select for desired characteristics, accelerating breeding in a fraction of the time.Our Identity Preserved System Our process drives our innovation engineFirst, we work with each seed at a molecular level, to develop seeds with desired characteristics. Unlike GMO crops, our products contain no foreign DNA. We simply harness the unique characteristics that naturally exist in the plant.Next, we get the seeds to growers in our Premium Producer Program. The crops they grow for us are traceable right to the county in which they were grown, thanks to our Identity Preserved Program that tracks seed all the way to our final product.Meet the Calyxt Officers Jim BlomeChief Executive Officer Jim Blome Close modal window Chief Executive Officer Jim grew up on a family corn and soybean farm in Hubbard, Iowa, and is a graduate of Iowa State University. Prior to joining Calyxt, Jim was the President and CEO for Bayer CropScience LP (North America). He also held executive positions at Valent (Sumitomo Chemical), Agtrol International and Agriliance LLC (a Land O’ Lakes and CHS joint venture). Jim is on the Board of Directors at Concentric Ag Technologies; Inc. He is the 2013 recipient of the Henry A. Wallace Award from Iowa State University for outstanding leadership and service to agriculture. Dan VoytasChief Science Officer Dan Voytas Close modal window Chief Science Officer Dan graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1984 and received his Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard Medical School in 1990. He is a co-founder of Calyxt and one of the inventors of the TALEN® technology. In addition to his role at Calyxt, Voytas is a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota (UMN), which he joined in 2008, and is Director of the UMN’s Center for Precision Plant Genomics. In 1992, Voytas joined the faculty at Iowa State University. Prior to this, he conducted postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dan is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Sciences. Bill KoschakChief Financial Officer Bill Koschak Close modal window Chief Financial Officer Bill brings over brings over 10 years of corporate, finance and accounting leadership to Calyxt as an operating or corporate CFO. Prior to joining Calyxt, Bill was Vice President, Finance for the Brain Therapies business unit of Medtronic (NYSE: MDT). He has held executive positions at Young America Holdings, General Mills (NYSE:GIS), and KPMG LLP. Bill was recognized as a CFO of the Year by the Twin Cities Business Journal in 2016 and currently serves on the board of 1st Financial Bank USA. Debra FrimermanGeneral Counsel Debra Frimerman Close modal window General Counsel Debra brings agriculture and food industry legal expertise to Calyxt. Previously, Debra was Associate General Counsel for Syngenta North America and acting general counsel for Syngenta Seeds, LLC. Through her seven years at Syngenta, Debra provided counsel for executive leadership teams and contributed to the closing of numerous global transactions; launching new products into new markets; and developing regulatory, compliance and corporate policies. Prior to her role at Syngenta, Debra practiced law at Stoel Rives LLP and Lindquist & Vennum PLLP. Travis FreyChief Technology Officer Travis Frey Close modal window Chief Technology Officer Travis brings over 15 years of experience in the agricultural industry and technology innovation to Calyxt. Travis received his B.S. in Horticulture from Penn State University, M.S. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. in the Plant Biology and Biotechnology Program at the University of Delaware and DuPont/Pioneer and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business. Prior to joining Calyxt, Travis held science and innovation leadership roles at WISErg Corporation and MonsantoCONTACT USInterested in learning more or have a general inquiry?