Dr. Yafan Huang

President and Chief Scientific Officer, Performance Plants

Dr. Yafan Huang, President, Performance Plants Inc.

Dr. Huang is the head of Performance Plants Inc., and is responsible for the overall science, technology and commercial development of the company. Performance Plants is one of the leading agricultural biotechnology developers of the world, and has a robust R&D platform, a solid product pipeline and a successful commercialization strategy, securing licensing and co-development licensing agreements with many major international seed companies. In conjunction with its partners, it is opening up emerging agricultural biotechnology markets worldwide and creating new alliances, forming the basis of the development of next generation of high yielding crops for farmers around the world. For these achievements, the Company has won the prestigious 2014 Agrow Award in Best Industry Collaboration while being shortlisted for Best R&D Pipeline.

Dr. Huang earned his M.Sc. in Plant Biochemistry from Mount Allison University, and his Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology from Queen’s University of Canada. Prior to his work at Performance Plants, Dr. Huang worked as a postdoctoral fellow in University of Illinois at Chicago in the field of plant genetics and hormone signal transduction. Dr. Huang specializes in the field of plant biotechnology and has published extensively in the research areas of plant signal transduction and abiotic stress tolerance, and has presented many keynote seminars and symposia in prestigious research conferences and research institutes around the world. Dr. Huang is one of the key inventors of over 86 patent applications of Performance Plants, and his profound international credibility in plant science has made strong contribution to his role as the President of the company, where he has successfully built many commercial partnerships. Outside Performance Plants, Dr. Huang has been serving as the President of Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology since 2014, and is Canada’s National Correspondent of the International Association for Plant Biotechnology.

Dr. Huang earned his M.Sc. in Plant Biochemistry from Mount Allison University, and his Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology from Queen’s University of Canada.  Prior to his work at Performance Plants, Dr. Huang worked as a postdoctoral fellow in University of Illinois at Chicago in the field of plant genetics and hormone signal transduction.  Dr. Huang specializes in the field of plant biotechnology and has published extensively in the research areas of plant signal transduction and abiotic stress tolerance, and has presented many keynote seminars and symposia in prestigious research conferences and research institutes around the world.  Dr. Huang is one of the key inventors of over 86 patent applications of Performance Plants, and his profound international credibility in plant science has made strong contribution to his role as the President of the company, where he has successfully built many commercial partnerships.  Outside Performance Plants, Dr. Huang has been serving as the President of Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology since 2014, and is Canada’s National Correspondent of the International Association for Plant Biotechnology.