Ron Meeusen, PhD is a Managing Director of Cultivian Sandbox and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Cultivian Ventures. Ron is a Ph.D. plant physiologist who spent 25 years leading corporate R&D in the crop protection and seeds industry. Starting his career just as biotechnology became a field, Ron lead research programs from some of the first genetically engineered corn hybrids to marker-assisted breeding and novel healthy oils. In 2008 Ron left Dow AgroSciences where he had been leading agbiotechnology and formed one of the first private venture capital funds focused solely on food and agriculture. Today Cultivian Sandbox Ventures is investing from its third fund, having supported 22 agtech startups over 10 years. Besides his role as Director at Vestaron, Ron chairs the board of Agrivida Inc., and serves on the boards of Asilomar Bio, enEvolv, and AbCelex.