Cardineau named to federal panel

Cardineau named to federal panel

March 14, 2007

March 13, 2007

Joe Caspermeyer, Media Relations Manager & Science Editor
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Guy Cardineau, a professor at the Biodesign Institute and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, has been appointed to a federal panel charged with making recommendations about the development and use of genetically-engineered agricultural products.

Cardineau, a Faculty Fellow in the college’s Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology and a research professor at The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, was appointed to the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns.

He brings a formidable science and research background to the board, which was established in 2006 to inform and advise Johanns on developments in agricultural biotechnology.

Gary Marchant, the center’s executive director, said the appointment is a coup for both Cardineau and the College of Law.

"It will confirm his status as one of the nation’s leading experts on the science, policy and law of biotechnology," Marchant said. "And the experience and knowledge he gains from participating in the deliberations on biotechnology policy at the highest levels in the U.S. government will further benefit our students and LL.M. program."

Cardineau was nominated by Marchant and a dozen others, including Eugene Sander, vice provost and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona, and Keith Webber, deputy director of the Office of Pharmaceutical Science in  the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Cardineau said he is looking forward to the panel’s work.

"I have the perspective of being in the trenches," he said. "I hope to bring an ag-biotech science perspective, mitigated with the understanding of the legal and regulatory issues."

Cardineau acknowledged some people are concerned about consuming genetically modified food, but it’s a practice that’s been around for 10 years.

"I understand the technology and am not afraid of it," he said. "Science is a big dark room, and people are very often afraid of the dark. I do believe the technology is beneficial, and I think it’s safe, but I understand there are issues to it."

Agricultural biotechnology is an important part of resolving world hunger, Cardineau said. "It’s not the answer to everything, but it’s a tool we can use to improve agricultural practices and products," he said.

He began his career in agricultural biotechnology more than 20 years ago as a scientist at a Bay Area technology company. He also worked in the molecular biology, biochemistry and strategic research and development fields at several other companies.

Cardineau has collaborated on several agricultural biotechnology products, including genetically modified, insect-resistant corn and herbicide-tolerant cotton, and the world’s first plant-made pharmaceutical, a vaccine produced from tobacco. His inventions have led to more than 50 patents worldwide.

In 2002, Cardineau joined The Biodesign Institute’s Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, and a year later, he was appointed to research posts at both the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and ASU’s School of Life Sciences.


Written by: Joe Caspermeyer