Jeremy Williams serves as Head of Climate LLC and Digital Farming for the Crop Science division of Bayer, where he leads a diverse team that develops digital tools to help unlock the next wave of ag innovations. Based in Creve Coeur (St. Louis, Mo.), Jeremy is serving as a member of the Crop Science Executive Leadership and Commercial Leadership Teams.
Previously, Jeremy served as a member of the Research & Development Leadership Team as SVP, Head of Plant Biotechnology for the Crop Science division of Bayer. In that role, he led a global team to enable a robust plant biotechnology pipeline developing highly effective solutions to strengthen a plant’s resistance to insects, diseases, and other environmental stresses.
Jeremy has 20 years of diverse biotechnology and agrochemical R&D experience. He came to Bayer in 2018, having previously served in several R&D leadership roles at Monsanto including as head of chemistry R&D. He began his career as one of the founding scientists at Divergence Inc, a St. Louis-based startup, where he held a variety of scientific research and leadership roles, including Vice President of Discovery Research, prior to the company’s acquisition by Monsanto in 2011. He is a co-inventor of several patents held by Divergence and its collaborators and was named a Senior Monsanto Fellow in 2016.
Jeremy graduated from Washington University with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and French. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife and their children. His hobbies include science fiction and fantasy, wine, and taekwondo. When not constrained by COVID-19, he and his family love to travel for vacation.