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Mike Miille

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213: Developing and Scaling Biologicals for Sustainable Agriculture with Dr. Mike Miille, CEO of Joyn Bio

The Modern Acre

Dr. Michael Miille is the CEO of Joyn Bio, a biotech company engineering microbes to provide growers with a new class of sustainable agricultural solutions. A joint venture by Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks, Joyn is working to reduce farmers’ needs for synthetic chemicals while boosting yield and improving crop performance. Joyn’s solutions leverage synthetic biology, giving the company the resources to scale climate-smart agriculture solutions using innovative technologies at a faster rate than traditional agricultural solutions. Before Joyn Bio, Dr. Miille was Head of Biologics within Bayer’s Crop Science division, and previously spent 8 years with AgraQuest, Inc. as CEO and as President & COO. Connect with Joyn Bio Website | LinkedIn Connect with The Modern Acre Website | Instagram | Twitter Sign up for Acre Insights HERE


1 Mar 2022

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S2E45: Synthetic biology & the holy grail of ag—w/ Mike Miille, CEO of Joyn Bio

Reversing Climate Change

Much of agriculture depends upon synthetic fertilizer. But the production of that fertilizer is responsible for 3% of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why innovators in the emerging field of synthetic biology are attempting to disrupt the status quo in agriculture and engineer new ways for growers to achieve the same yields with less fertilizer—and less environmental impact. Mike Miille is the CEO of Joyn Bio, a biotech company that is using synthetic biology to try to make agriculture more sustainable. On this episode of Reversing Climate Change, Mike joins Ross and Rebekah to explain how his team is engineering microbes to address unmet needs in agriculture and what differentiates synthetic biology from classical breeding or GMOs. Mike introduces us to Joyn Bio’s work in designing nitrogen-fixing corn (the potential holy grail), responding to the argument that our system of monoculture isn’t worth saving and the concerns around scaling innovations in synthetic biology. Listen in to understand how Mike thinks about the unknowns of designing new organisms and learn about the other potentially game-changing advancements in ag that Mike’s team is working on right now. Connect with Nori: Purchase Nori Carbon Removals Nori Nori on Facebook Nori on Twitter Nori on Patreon Nori Newsletter Email podcast@nori.com Resources: Joyn Bio Joyn Bio on LinkedIn Joyn Bio on Twitter Leaps by Bayer Ginkgo Bioworks Thomas Knight at MIT Carl Sagan’s Cosmos The Haber-Bosch Process Norman Borlaug--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/reversingclimatechange/support


5 Jan 2021

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Future of Agriculture 160: Moonshot Ag Innovations via Corporate Joint Venture with Mike Miille of Joyn Bio

Future of Agriculture

Dr. Michael Miille is the CEO of Joyn Bio. Joyn Bio is a startup joint venture of Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks. The goal of Joyn Bio is to answer the challenges of agricultural sustainability with synthetic biology. Michael has extensive experience when it comes to leading companies, having served at top level positions ranging from COO and CFO to Director and General Manager since 1995. He obtained his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from UC Davis and a BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford. Michael joins me today to discuss how Joyn Bio will utilize microbe technology to provide sustainable ag solutions. He shares how Joyn Bio was started and describes the benefits of being a company under Bayer and Ginkgo. He explains how their microbe tech could be applied in various forms as well as how it would positively impact both the environment and farmers. Michael also discusses the various challenges in growing this kind of company as well as some of its future projects. Stay tuned for our Five-Minute Farmer segment with Amy Solsma, owner of Solsma’s Punkin Patch and Fireworks. “You need that freedom, flexibility, and creativity that comes with being a small group that's focused on a moonshot.” - Mike Miille This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast: The story of how the joint venture came about. Mike's academic background and why he chose the agriculture industry. Why it's called a "Moonshot" for Bayer. The problem they want to address and their proposed solutions. Microbes vs chemicals and when he thinks this type of tech will become available. Why Joyn Bio is not what you would call a normal startup. The challenges of running this type of startup in the ag industry. Resources Mentioned: Bayer Ginkgo Bioworks Connect with Mike Miille: Joyn Bio We Are a Part of a Bigger Family! The Future of Agriculture Podcast is now part of the Farm and Rural Ag Network. Listen to more ag-related podcasts by subscribing on iTunes or on the Farm and Rural Ag Network Website today.  Join the Conversation! To get your most pressing ag questions answered and share your perspective on various topics we’ve discussed on the Future of Agriculture podcast, head over to SpeakPipe.com/FutureofAg and leave a recorded message! Share the Ag-Love! Thanks for joining us on the Future of Agriculture Podcast – your spot for valuable information, content, and interviews with industry leaders throughout the agricultural space! If you enjoyed this week’s episode, please subscribe on iTunes and leave your honest feedback. Don’t forget to share it with your friends on your favorite social media spots!  Learn more about AgGrad by visiting:  Future of Agriculture Website AgGrad Website AgGrad on Twitter AgGrad on Facebook AgGrad on LinkedIn AgGrad on Instagram 


3 Jul 2019