Dr Martin Lema is an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Quilmes’ School of Biotechnology. He has more than 20 years of academic experience in teaching, research, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship. He is the author of multiple publications on different aspects of biotechnology, including research, education, policymaking, and biosafety.
In addition to his current role in academia, Martin has 15 years of experience as a policymaker in agricultural biotechnology, including 8 years as Director of Biotechnology in the Argentine Government and Chair of the National Biosafety Commission. Among other achievements, under his leadership, this Commission was recognized as an FAO Center of Reference for Biosafety. During his tenure, the Argentine Government issued the first ad hoc regulation for genome editing applied to agriculture in the world. Martin also served as Argentina’s delegate to numerous international negotiations related to biotechnology over 15 years, in fora including the WTO, OECD, and FAO.