Michael David is a research leader and project manager with 24 years’ experience with international agrochemical R&D organizations.

Michael David is a research leader and project manager with 24 years’ experience with international agrochemical R&D organizations. The focus of his career has been using analytical chemistry to measure presence and transformation of pesticides in the environment and in target and non-target organisms. This has included quantification of metabolites and elucidation of metabolic pathways, with a particular interest in bio-activated pro-pesticides.

Mike created Quant-Agro to support those companies involved in the discovery and development of chemical and biological approaches to agricultural pest control and yield optimization, with a focus on using analytical chemistry to aid in translation of biological activity from the lab to the field. While many established CROs fully support guideline registration studies and field programs, there is an unmet need for support of phases in the early pipeline, including lead optimization of chemical analogs, peptides, or biological mixtures. Quant-Agro aims to help these companies identify the analogs and formulations with the correct balance of performance, bioavailability, and stability to become successful crop protection agents. This includes evaluation of the risk of development of resistance and impact of important ecotoxicological endpoints on probability of a successful registration. We can achieve this through consultation with the client, and the design of experimental approaches for assays defining metabolic stability, plant stability and translocation, photostability, and toxicology of prototype formulations and pre-formulation candidates.

Mike received his Ph.D. in the labs of Jim Seiber at the University of Nevada and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Hawaii under Qing Li. He began his career in industry supporting agrochemical R&D in residue analytics at Zeneca Ag products in California and continued at American Cyanamid in Princeton, NJ at the time of the BASF acquisition. At BASF he started as an environmental fate study director, moved to NC in the development labs, and transitioned to early phase discovery in global insecticide research in 2003. In BASF’s insecticide discovery labs, he held multiple roles, starting as a scientist developing assays to determine metabolic stability and ADME properties of early lead compounds. He also held leadership positions, leading the ADME / Agrikinetics lab, and an automated screening lab, as well as leading three phase one chemistry projects. One of the projects he managed led to the recent registration of the new insecticide Axalion. Mike looks forward to the opportunity to bring his broad expertise in agrochemical R&D to the challenges faced by organizations in the agrochemical discovery and development space.

24 years’ experience

International agrochemical R&D organizations

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Optimization – Sustainability – Adaptation