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Bio – Adrianne Massey

Adrianne Massey holds a PhD in Zoology from North Carolina State University and BSc and MSc degrees in biological sciences from the University of Georgia, with a focus on ecological and evolutionary genetics. She is the Managing Director, Science and Regulatory Affairs, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

Before joining BIO, Adrianne was managing her consulting firm, A. Massey & Associates, which works with governments, non-profit organisations, companies, scientific organisations and educational institutions to influence policy development and improve public understanding of science and science-related issues.

Previously Adrianne was a vice president at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center where she directed the Center’s award-winning public education and workforce training programs. She was responsible for facilitating biotechnology policy consensus-building activities among the Center’s many stakeholder groups. Prior to joining the Center, she was on the faculty of North Carolina State University and taught courses in tropical ecology in Costa Rica for the Organization of Tropical Studies and Duke University.

Adrianne has authored two textbooks on biotechnology, both published by the American Society for Microbiology, and was an invited contributor to the Office of Technology Assessment’s report on the potential ecological impacts of genetically modified organisms. She served as the science advisor for the television series Breakthrough: Television’s Journal of Science and Medicine, was involved in the international negotiations of the Cartagena Protocol, has served as a science ambassador in developing countries for the US State Department, and directed the Program for Biosafety Systems education and outreach activities.

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