Sharon Bomer Lauritsen is Executive Vice President of the Food and Agriculture Section at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and 31 other nations, which are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
Ms. Bomer assumed the position of Executive Vice President in May 2007 and leads and manages BIO’s Food and Agriculture Section on public policy activities, including overseeing relationships with a wide range of international, federal, state and local entities. She also serves as the Executive Director for the Council for Biotechnology Information, a trade association which communicates science-based information about the benefits and safety of agricultural and food biotechnology.
Ms. Bomer joined BIO in February 2006 as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Food and Agriculture Section responsible for international matters. Prior to joining BIO, Ms. Bomer served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs, Executive Office of the President, where she was responsible for U.S. government negotiations on a wide range of food and agriculture trade issues.
Prior to serving at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Ms. Bomer held senior management positions in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Early in her career, she was Director of Government Affairs for United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association and worked for a Member of Congress.