Jacob Traverse is the President and CEO of the Center for Truth in Science, a non-profit that seeks integrity in the pursuit of scientific knowledge on issues at the intersection of science, justice, and the economy.
Before joining the Center, Traverse built a career finding ways to translate scientific discoveries from the lab into new products for emerging bio-based value chains which supply food, fuel, chemicals, and medical products that improve lives around the world.
He spent the first half of his career as a scientist and business professional in the biotech, pharmaceutical development, and crop research industries, applying his technical and commercial expertise to bring complex and highly regulated products to market.
His career has been a nonstop effort to support research, develop emerging industry sectors, drive innovation, and foster strategic collaborations between diverse stakeholders and decision makers at the intersection of health, life science, food and nutrition, and agriculture—all in the name of helping our growing world stay fed, fueled, and healthy. Traverse earned an MBA, Professional Science Masters of Microbial Biotechnology (PSM-MMB), and bachelor’s degree in botany from North Carolina State University and remains a member of his alma mater’s College of Agriculture & Life Science Alumni Board and Masters of Microbial Biotechnology (MMB) Industry Advisory Board. He currently resides in North Carolina with his family including two young and infinitely curious kids.