Charles J. Arntzen

Charles J. Arntzen, Ph.D.

Founding Director

Dr. Arntzen has over 30 years of experience in the biotechnology industry and has been recognized as a pioneer in the development of plant-based vaccines for human and animal disease prevention, with an emphasis on serving developing countries. He was appointed Regents Professor at Arizona State University in 2004, where he has served as the Founding Director of the Biodesign Institute, Co-Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology and currently directs two NIH-funded Cooperative Research Centers. In the private sector he has worked as Director of Biotechnology in the Agricultural Products Department for the DuPont Company, President and CEO of the non-profit Boyce Thompson Institute and on the board of directors for DeKalb Genetics Inc., Advanced BioNutrition, Inc., and Third Wave Agbio, Inc. He has additionally served on the Editorial Board of Science for eight years, chaired the NIH National Biotechnology Policy Board and sat on President George W. Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Among other prestigious honors, Dr. Arntzen was awarded the USDA Award for Superior Service for his international public health projects in India. Dr. Arntzen is also a member of National Academy of Sciences, USA