President and Chief Executive Officer
Richard Hamilton has been the Chief Executive and a board member of Ceres since 2002. The prior four years he served as the company's Chief Financial Officer. In addition to his leadership role at Ceres, he currently sits on the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee, the Keck Graduate Institute Advisory Council and is a founding member of the Council for Sustainable Biomass Production. He has also been active in the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), where he has served as Vice Chairman of the organization and has chaired its Food and Agriculture Governing Board, where he continues to serve as a governing board member.
Mr. Hamilton frequently speaks before policy makers, business leaders and scientific organizations regarding biotechnology, biofuels and energy crops. He has addressed the House Agriculture Committee, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Academy of Sciences, among others.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Hamilton was a principal at Oxford Bioscience Partners, one of the leading investors in the genomics field and a founder of Ceres. From 1990 to 1991 he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. Mr. Hamilton holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University.