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Muffy Koch

Position: 
Biotech Regulatory Affairs Manager,
Organization: 
Simplot Plant Sciences

Muffy Koch was born in South Africa and trained in Botany and Microbiology. Her research career started at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) where she worked with the team to first genetically modify plants in South Africa and where she set up the first cereal transformation group in the country.

She started a consultancy in 1994 and, since then, has been in daily contact with issues about the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). She has investigated and assessed the concerns of the anti-GM movement and been a scientific reviewer for biosafety regulators. Much of her time was devoted to international biosafety initiatives and training in the developing world.

Her education portfolio addressed policy makers, scientists, farmers, the public, educators and schools with information on biotechnology and biosafety. She has published papers, chapters and directories; and has presented widely at scientific conferences, workshops and public awareness seminars.

Since 2004 her consultancy ran out of Canada and in 2015 she joined Simplot Plant Sciences as a regulatory manager, where she is tasked with obtaining regulatory approvals for Innate potatoes in Canada and Asia.

Her extramural interests include bird watching, bridge and community activities. She is married to Mike and has two children. They live in Ontario, Canada, and she lives in Boise, Idaho.