Kathy Munkvold leads Corteva Agriscience's Open Innovation efforts, crafting meaningful and productive collaborations between Corteva scientists and the external research community, and using openness and transparency to engage more broadly than ever before. Kathy is putting her more than 15 years of experience in life science research, policy, and public affairs to work building a robust community of innovators poised to answer challenges in agriculture research through collaboration.
Kathy has a longtime passion for multidisciplinary collaboration stretching back to her days as a graduate student. She holds a PhD in Plant Pathology from Cornell University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Boyce Thompson Institute. Her interest in science communication brought her to the Washington DC area to work in science policy. Today, Kathy integrates these diverse experiences in research and communication to drive Open Innovation at Corteva Agriscience.
“Open Innovation is an exciting new approach to building research collaborations, allowing our scientists to engage with potential collaborators all over the world, who we may have never met through our traditional networks. It also allows for exploration of novel solutions from new technology spaces as we aim to solve difficult challenges in agriculture research.”