Per a press release, Revol Greens has hired Mohammed Oufattole, MBA as Chief Technology Officer. He brings over years of experience in life sciences and agricultural biotechnology research, “having led a broad range of crop improvement applications and multiple R&D programs.” He also has successfully led research teams through start-up funding cycles. Culminating from its R&D efforts this year alone, Revol Greens has introduced three new-to-market greenhouse lettuce innovations and is on pace to reach national distribution two years ahead of schedule.
As CTO, Oufattole will oversee Revol Greens’ variety selection and farm digitization strategy from Revol’s Austin based location, near its 20-acre Temple, Texas greenhouse that is under construction, and will drive varietal improvements to bring tastier and more nutritious products to the market.
Mohammed joins Revol Greens from Benson Hill, where he served as VP of Research and Development for nearly six years. He helped build the R&D organization from the ground up and led several growth areas in the company, including the founding of a state-of-the-art discovery and product development pipeline, integrating capabilities from gene editing, biotechnology, and molecular breeding applications. Mohammed also oversaw strategic partnerships, licensing agreements for germplasm and other product development programs.
Prior to joining Benson Hill, Mohammed spent 10 years with Bayer Crop Science, where he served in multiple scientific leadership positions within the Ag Biotechnology division, including an assignment as Director of the company’s Biotech Research Center in India. He also is an author and co-author on over 15 patent applications, seven granted patents and more than 20 publications in peer reviewed journals.
“Since our inception, Revol Greens has pursued a dual-continent R&D strategy, with much of our testing and development conducted at our R&D center in the Netherlands, where the art and science of greenhouse growing was perfected and also in close proximity to our strategic partners,” says Michael B. Wainscott, Chief Executive Officer at Revol Greens. “Mohammed will guide the expansion of our US-based R&D program, build our domestic R&D team in Austin, and leverage his expertise in data and plant biology to increase production, environmental controls and automation.”
“Revol Greens is an innovation-first company and I’ve been impressed with their commitment to bringing more high-quality greens to households across the country through sustainable growing methods,” says Oufattole. “From its Plant-Fed Organic nutrient source to its water-saving practices, and high-quality lettuce varieties grown at scale, I am looking forward to helping re-define our food system practices and deliver healthier, more sustainable food options.”