15 February 2021 | 9:30 AM CST | 4:30 PM CET | Global Event

Open Innovation: How Collaboration Unlocks a Sustainable Future

At Bayer, innovation is in our DNA and at the heart of our purpose to pursue Science for a Better Life. As leaders in agricultural innovation, we’ve built our business by strategically balancing incremental and disruptive approaches to R&D. With unparalleled expertise across seeds & traits, crop protection, and digital farming, Bayer is deeply invested in improving our existing portfolio of high-performing products, while also pursuing breakthrough innovations that will continue to shape agriculture into the future. But we can’t do it alone, which is where Bayer’s Open Innovation model is accelerating our progress to keep humanity moving forward.
Join us as Bob Reiter, Head of Research and Development at Crop Science division of Bayer, moderates a panel discussion with CEOs from Pairwise, Rantizo and Oerth Bio to discuss the role of collaborative innovation in tackling some of agriculture’s most pressing issues, while still driving growth and protecting our planet. Watch to learn more about how our Open Innovation strategy is helping uncover new ideas, tools and opportunities for farmers to sustainably protect their crops—and our collective future. 





Bob Reiter

Based in Monheim, Germany, Reiter oversees the crop science research and development pipeline, leading thousands of scientists in the creation of world-class agricultural solutions with the goal of providing healthy food to a hungry planet. Previously, Reiter was the Global Vice President of Research & Development Integration Strategy at Monsanto. Having held various leadership roles across Research & Development as well as in Supply Chain, Reiter has nearly 30 years of experience in discovering, developing and delivering innovative R&D solutions in crop science. He holds a Master of Science and a Doctorate in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University.


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John has over 25 years of business building experience, including 14 years within the agricultural technology sector. Based on the idea that our common human dignity depends upon daily access to nutritious food, John’s professional focus is to unlock, develop, and bring to market high-impact agricultural technologies. Consistent with that mission, John currently serves as Oerth Bio's Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Oerth Bio is leading a new and transformative approach to crop protection, plant resilience, and healthy food by creating agriculture-focused PROTAC! protein degraders, or proteolysis-targeting chimeras.


John’s affection for agricultural technology was first kindled at Syngenta, where responsibilities in licensing, M&A, strategic planning, and general management allowed him unique vantage points across seeds, traits, and crop protection businesses. Prior to joining Oerth Bio, John served as CEO of AgTech Accelerator, a venture development firm focused on building startups from scratch to address major food system gaps.


John earned a Bachelor of Arts in Financial Management from the University of St. Thomas and an MBA from the
University of Notre Dame.

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Michael Ott is the founder and CEO of Rantizo, an agtech company based in Iowa City and the first company legally using drones to spray for agriculture in multiple states. The Rantizo platform delivers ag inputs precisely where they are needed using autonomous drones. 


Before Rantizo, Ott worked in corporate venture capital backed by Monsanto, Novozymes and Bunge and invented a patented technology that delivers tiny amounts of nitrogen on a rice seed as it grows. Ott has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Iowa and nearly two decades of experience in finance. He is an author on five patent applications and has raised over $150 million in investment over the course of his career.  


He resides in Iowa City with his wife Anne, two sons Ryan and Quincy, and daughter Rosalie. 

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Dr. Tom Adams is Chief Executive Officer and a co-founder of Pairwise. Tom has over 25 years of leadership experience heading up biotechnology for global companies, serving most recently as Vice President of Global Biotechnology at Monsanto where he led the team developing a broad range of innovative products. Formerly a faculty member at Texas A&M University, Tom holds a PhD in microbiology and plant science from Michigan State University and a BS in botany and plant pathology from Oregon State University. Tom is a long-time distance runner and often competes in local events.