Food biotech startup Calyxt hires Syngenta veteran to be general counsel
Calyxt, Inc. a biotech company focused on food oils and seeds, has hired biotech veteran Debra Frimerman as general counsel, effective February 11. The company says that the lawyer “brings deep industry knowledge and legal expertise to the Calyxt executive team.”
Before joining Calyxt, Frimerman was associate general counsel for the biotech giant Syngenta North America, as well as acting GC for Syngenta Seeds. Through her seven years at Syngenta, she helped close numerous global transactions; launching new products into new markets; and developing regulatory, compliance and corporate policies. Prior to her role at Syngenta, Frimerman practiced law at Stoel Rives and Lindquist & Vennum (now Ballard Spahr).
“We are pleased to welcome Debra to Calyxt at such a critical growth period for the company,” said Jim Blome, CEO of Calyxt. “She has been recognized by the industry as a highly strategic thinker, and her counsel will be truly instrumental as we navigate the commercialization of our first product, high oleic soybean oil, which will deliver on our promise of addressing American health challenges such as obesity and diabetes by making healthier food ingredients for consumers.”
“Calyxt is pioneering the way for consumer-centric non-transgenic crops using its leading gene editing technology and technical expertise,” noted Frimerman. “I am excited to join the team and help Calyxt deliver healthier food ingredients that provide benefits across the value chain – from farmers to consumers.”