Rice, Elena

Rice, Elena

Chief Scientific Officer at Genus Plc

Elena has built deep expertise in running R&D programs, regulatory science, and portfolio management. At Bayer she was responsible for a pipeline spanning seeds, traits and biological products (among others) across all phases of development and all geographies. She has led the development and introduction of new genetic improvement technologies and also nurtured a portfolio of gene editing projects. She is a strategic thinker and inspiring leader who works closely and collaboratively with commercial teams. Elena received her BSc and MSc in Biology from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, and her PhD in Plant physiology and biochemistry from the Timiryazev Institute of Plant Physiology in Moscow. Elena joined Genus as Chief Scientific Officer and was appointed to GELT on 15 July 2019, following 18 years in increasingly senior roles within Bayer, leading teams using pioneering science and cutting-edge technology to help farmers grow food more sustainably.