Multidisciplinary Agriculture Executive, Mike Rohlfsen, to Develop Strategic Relationships with Global Industry Leaders to Advance Agtech to Market
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — July 11, 2019 — TechAccel LLC, the private venture development organization investing in scientific breakthroughs to help solve the global food crisis, today announced that Mike Rohlfsen has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development.
Rohlfsen has deep international agribusiness experience, including 18 years with Cargill Inc. in a variety of financial, strategic marketing, product and business development positions. Most recently, he founded and led Somaris Global, a Minneapolis-based business development firm working in next generation agriculture technology.
“As we build momentum with innovation in the discovery, invention and technology supply chain that is emerging in plant and animal science, we’re thrilled to add Mike’s expertise to our team,” said Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., President and CEO of TechAccel. “We believe collaboration is the engine of success, and Mike’s extensive leadership history will help us initiate, develop and evolve strong strategic relationships throughout the agtech and animal health ecosystems.”
Rohlfsen brings a range of experience directing agricultural strategies in companies ranging from multinational corporations to startups. He has practical knowledge in managing R&D, venture funding, risk management and business development. His career has consistently focused on applying new technology spanning the aquaculture and organic food supply chains, sustainable biomass product development and precision agriculture.
In his new role, Rohlfsen will cultivate relationships and opportunities with existing and new partners, as well as develop licensing and other revenue-producing agreements. He will work closely with TechAccel’s science advancement and opportunity analysis teams.
The facts: World population is expected to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050. Today, one quarter of the population suffers from malnutrition. Available land and water are diminishing, and cultural and economic changes are creating greater demand for meat – leading to need for more crops, feed and water, animal care. Solutions will not come from traditional methods, plowing more land or raising more animals. Solutions will come from innovation. In 2014, TechAccel’s founders imagined a new way to invest in solutions while also supporting the advancement of agriculture and animal health industries. We call this approach “Equity+.” We believe collaboration is the engine of success.
For more information, visit: www.techaccel.net
Job: VP Business Development
Cand: Mike Rohlfsen