Dr. Brown has significant input into the selection of promising vaccine technologies, and responsibility for the establishment of collaboration, co-development and partnership agreements enabling progression of selected projects along the commercialization path. His mandate includes intellectual property assessment and protection, technology transfer, industry liaison, and regulatory activities.
He originally trained in cell biology, physiology & immunology and psychology, with post-graduate work in biochemistry and molecular biology. Over the past 25 years he has developed a broad background in agricultural biology, agronomy, and the development and commercialization of new product opportunities.
Within the private sector, he has worked with the Plant Cell & Molecular Group, and the Microbial Inoculants Division, of Allelix Crop Technologies, the Ag Biologicals Team within the Esso/Exxon environment, Agrium Biologicals, and was the Principal Research Scientist, and Innovation and Intellectual Property Manager – New Products for Agrium Inc.
Following this, Dr. Brown joined the Saskatchewan Research Council as Director of SRC's Business Development Branch, with responsibilities ranging from marketing and communications to new product development, technology mentoring, investment, licensing and commercialization activities. His involvement with SRC's activities included mining, mineral exploration, petroleum recovery, climate change, ground water, analytical services, small industry services, intelligent systems and alternative fuels technologies.
Later he became the Vice-President of the Agriculture & Biotechnology Division of SRC he was responsible for: i) Bova-Can Labs, a joint venture partnership with seven major cattle breed associations in Canada focusing on purebred certification, genomics and genetic diagnostics for livestock and companion animal breeds, ii) the Fermentation and BioProcessing Business Unit, a pilot plant facility providing bioprocessing and process development expertise and pilot plant production of veterinary and human vaccines and therapeutics, and microbial inoculants, and iii) GenServe Laboratories, a high-throughput sequencing genetics/genomics facility servicing animal, plant and microbial interests.
Dr. Brown is currently vice-chair of the Board of Genome Prairie.