Dave Russell, Ph.D.

Operating Partner @ Operating Partner | Lewis & Clark Partners

David Russell is an Operating Partner at Lewis & Clark Partners located in St Louis, Missouri.   David is focused on the AgriFood Fund looking at plant productivity, farm productivity, supply chain efficiency, and feed and food ingredients.  He has a particular focus on finding and evaluating late venture and growth startups.  David serves as a Board Member or Observer on multiple portfolio companies and serves on External Advisory Committees for Ag Innovation Showcase, Invest Midwest, and IN2 Food, Energy, Water Board.

Prior to joining Lewis & Clark, David lead Monsanto’s Biotechnology Prospecting Team looking for innovative opportunities to support the Monsanto agriculture technology platforms.   As part of this effort, he continued to build an extensive Ag Tech network including Research Institutes, Universities, startups, and Agriculture companies.  In a previous role David helped lead the development of animal feed and grain processing traits as part of the Renessen LLC JV.  At Renessen, David was V.P. of Product Development & Technology and lead the technology, product development and regulatory science functions. He started his Ag career with Agracetus, Inc., an early Ag biotech startup, where he led teams developing new seeds traits and investigating novel plant seed approaches to animal nutrition and human health.

David received his B.S. from U of Minnesota, Morris, his Ph.D. from Rice University in microbial gene expression, and did a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University exploring light regulation in corn.