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Member of the Board of Directors, Mars Incorporated
Frank Mars is a member of the board of directors of Mars, Incorporated and was, until recently, the global president of Mars Symbioscience. A pioneer of some of the most innovative and revolutionary basic scientific research, and with sustained funding from Mars, Incorporated, Frank led the creation of Mars Symbioscience in 2005 as an in-house enterprise sector based on health technology. and life sciences to develop and commercialize new products and services supported by evidence-based science. Until June 2017, he and his team successfully incubated, introduced and transferred five technology platforms in food, plants, biomedical and life sciences, including Wisdom Panel®, a range of complex canine genetic tests, and CocoaVia®, a revolutionary new food supplement based on cocoa flavanol extract that promotes healthy blood circulation and thus supports cardiovascular health. In addition to his time at the helm of Mars Symbioscience, Frank has held various executive positions within Mars, Incorporated for over 28 years in the electronics, snacks, pet care and retail segments. food in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has a solid understanding of most of Mars’ raw material supply chains, including cocoa, from seedling to finished product. Frank passionately believes that nature-based solutions offer the best option to dramatically improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and fishermen and create long-term sustainable economies and food supply chains. In his new role as Vice President, Mars Sustainable Solutions, he and his new team will build on the work started in Mars Symbioscience, including developing sustainable cocoa farming models and solutions based on agroforestry. . Further, recognizing the essential role that healthy coral / marine ecosystems play locally (protein) and globally (climate) in both the maintenance and production of blue biomass and coastal protection, Mr. Mars will endeavor to expand the global use of a new, inexpensive and successful coral reef rehabilitation method developed by Mars over the past five years. Mr. Mars is also the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Heliae® Development, an applied life sciences and technology company located just outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Heliae is focused on the research and development of commercial scale production platforms based on algae, which sustainably produce renewable raw materials from existing carbon waste streams, currently focusing on nutraceutical ingredients high value and specialty products for agriculture and aquaculture. Finally, Frank and his wife Susan are staunch supporters of several local and international humanitarian / conservation organizations including CARE, Médecins Sans Frontières, the World Wildlife Fund, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and the Institutes of Conservation Biology (where Ms. Mars is currently the Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board), as well as the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Frank and his wife were instrumental in supporting (via SCBI) the efforts of the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project with the IUCN / SSC Reproductive Specialist Group for Conservation (CBSG) and the IUCN / SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG).