Stuart is an experienced R&D manager and investor spanning agricultural, industrial and pharmaceutical biotechnology. Stuart is currently managing the Global Technology Platform development for Biological Assessment for Syngenta R&D, based out of Research Triangle Park (RTP) in North Carolina. Before this role, Stuart was the Head of Research and Development in Asia Pacific for Syngenta's seeds business, based in Singapore. There he was responsible for all product development activities within the region, focusing primarily on field crops and vegetables.
Stuart was previously an Investment Manager at LSP (Life Sciences Partners), a trans-Atlantic venture capital firm with offices in the Netherlands, Germany and the US. Stuart's work in LSP's Cambridge, MA office focused on agriculture, industrial and food biotechnology, cleantech and platform technologies.
Prior to LSP, Stuart spent 10 years in academic, startup and corporate research and development, with his most significant role as a technical and project leader for seven years with Syngenta. His different roles at Syngenta spanned the spectrum of R&D and included leading successful multidisciplinary teams in both agriculture and pharmaceutical biotechnology projects in the US, UK and the Netherlands. Earlier, Stuart was a postdoctoral scientist at the John Innes Centre in the UK where he was focused on research to understand the genetics of disease resistance in legumes.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Stuart received his BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Queensland, Australia, and was awarded First Class Honors in his final year. He continued on and obtained his PhD in Biochemistry there. During his postgraduate studies, Stuart isolated and characterized a range of bioactive peptides which eventually led to two granted patents.
Stuart is married with two children and when not working enjoys travelling, mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, tennis, and golf.
Stuart Harrison is a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 13 and served his fellowship at LSP in Cambridge, MA, under the mentorship of Jorg Riesmeier and at Syngenta in Singapore.