Mike Thompson

VP Partner Development

Mike joined Benson Hill in 2016 as Vice President of Partner Development.

He is responsible for driving adoption of natural and novel next- generation traits developed through Benson Hill’s proprietary technology and know how. Prior to joining Benson Hill, Mike served as Director of Global Sales and Market Development for Illumina’s Agriculture business. Mike joined Illumina in 2008 and was responsible for advancing the use of genomic approaches to crop and livestock markets and driving sales strategies to grow Illumina’s business within the Agriculture sector. Previous roles include managing the DNA Technologies division of BioDiagnostics, Inc. Mike held a post- doctoral research associate position at the University of Arizona, Tucson where he worked on the molecular biology and evolution of euglena chloroplast introns. Mike holds a bachelors degree in Chemistry & Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Ph.D. degree in plant molecular biology from the University of Minnesota.