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Dr. Mark Walton, Ph.D.
President, ViaGen
Austin, TX, USA
Breaking Down Barriers: Advances in Animal Biotechnology
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
11:30 - Noon

Abstract: Exciting new technologies are being developed for animal agriculture applications. In order to survive the mounting challenges, we must be good stewards and communicate effectively to ensuring these technologies are successfully adopted by animal agriculture.
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Dr. Walton has spent his career in agricultural research and biotechnology, in roles ranging from a commercial plant breeder to his current position as President of ViaGen, a leading animal biotechnology firm based in Austin, Texas. ViaGen provides cloning technology to the cattle, pig, and horse breeding markets in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

In 1990 Mark co-founded Linkage Genetics, the first company to provide molecular marker services to plant and animal breeders, and led it to become the largest provider of DNA marker services in North America and Europe. He served as president of the company from its founding until it was sold to Applied Biosystems in 1997. Prior to joining ViaGen Mark worked as the Executive Vice-President of Research and Technology for RiceTec, a hybrid rice breeding company based in Alvin, Texas.

Dr. Walton is actively involved with the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Animal Policy Committee; a member of the Food and Agriculture Section Governing Body; and a member of the BIO Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors for BioAustin, a business development program of the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Mark has a BS in Agronomy from New Mexico State University and earned his MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, specializing in plant breeding and genetics. He and his wife Kathy reside in Austin and have two grown children.

ViaGen, Inc.

12357-A Riata Trace Pkwy
Austin, TX 78727

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