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Noble Foundation launches business development effort

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation announced the establishment of a business development position designed to tie the organization’s intellectual property and technology with the agricultural marketplace.

“The Noble Foundation undertakes research to produce purposeful outcomes,” said Bill Buckner, Noble Foundation president and CEO. “When delivered to the marketplace, these outcomes will benefit agricultural producers and, ultimately, consumers; create new economic development opportunities for our community and state; and fulfill our mission to advance agriculture.”

To properly handle the necessary operational aspects of this process, the Noble Foundation has hired Diane Pinsker, J.D., as vice president of business development. Pinsker has spent her career in agricultural industry, including 15 years with Monsanto and almost a decade with Bayer.

“I am honored and proud to join the Noble Foundation team,” Pinsker said. “I have spent my career working in agricultural industry, and now I have the privilege of working for a nonprofit dedicated to giving back to agricultural producers.”

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Pinsker grew up in southern Illinois before moving to Oregon. She earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture (range management) and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Oregon State University. She went on to earn a law degree from Campbell University in North Carolina.

“Diane is one of the best minds in her field,” Buckner said. “She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and determination to the task of accomplishing our objectives.”

As part of the new business development activities, Pinsker will identify opportunities in the agricultural industry and in the Noble Foundation’s research programs. She will facilitate building mutual areas of cooperation between Noble and industry to deliver technological solutions to advance agriculture.

“As the agricultural industry becomes more complex, organizations are required to seek collaborations with key partners to advance their mission and impact,” Pinsker said. “To remain at the forefront of the agricultural industry, the Noble Foundation will seek out these mutually beneficial relationships with the ultimate goal of benefiting the consumer, advancing agriculture, and assisting farmers and ranchers.”

Date: 9/16/2013


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