The N.C. Biotechnology Center has created a new position that will oversee an effort to boost the state's agriculture economy over the next 10 years.
Gwyn Riddick will serve as vice president of the Ag/Bio initiative, which aims to expand the state's agriculture economy to $100 billion a year from $70 billion. He currently is director of the biotech center's Piedmont Triad office.
Riddick will work to develop more ties between the state's biotech and agriculture industries, including exploring new commercial opportunities. Riddick was previously a faculty member at N.C. State and joined the biotech center six years ago.
Some of his work will be organizing an advisory committee that will explore ways to use biotech to improve the state's crop, animal and marine resources.
The biotech center is a state-supported nonprofit based in Research Triangle Park run by CEO Norris Tolson.