Brent Erickson is executive vice president in charge of the Industrial and Environmental Section at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). BIO represents more than 1,200 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, and state biotechnology centers across the United States and in more than 30 other nations.
Mr. Erickson holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.A. in International Studies. After completing his undergraduate degree, he was involved in fossil fuel research for three years at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Laramie Energy Technology Center.
After completing graduate school Mr. Erickson joined the staff of United States Senator and Republican Whip Alan K. Simpson (R-WY) as a legislative assistant handling defense, energy, and environmental issues. In 1993, Mr. Erickson was promoted to legislative director.
In 1996, Mr. Erickson joined the American Petroleum Institute (API) as a Washington representative where he directed government relations efforts on energy and environmental issues. Mr. Erickson joined BIO in 2000 as director of the Industrial and Environmental Section. He was promoted to vice president in 2001 and executive vice president in 2005.
In 2001, Mr. Erickson was elected as vice-chair of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Task Force on Biotechnology for Sustainable Industrial Development, a position he held until 2005. In 2005 he was named consulting editor of the journal Industrial Biotechnology.
Since 2000 Brent has served as a member of the board of directors of the Western Research Institute, the not-for-profit arm of the University of Wyoming Research Corporation. From 2008 through 2011 he served on the advisory board of the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), a unique collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of Illinois, and BP.
In 2010 he was selected to serve on the Scientific Advisory board of the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC). SynBERC is a multi-institution research center with researchers from the University of California Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California San Francisco, Harvard University and Stanford University.
Mr. Erickson also serves as a member of the Tourism Montréal Advisory Board.