Johnson joined the Biotechnology Center in November 2014. He leads the Center’s initiatives focused on agriculture, which have created an internationally recognized portal for high-tech agricultural R&D and commerce in North Carolina. In addition, his team works to foster the state's dynamic ag biotech business community of more than 80 companies – including three of the top five global firms.
Before joining NCBiotech Johnson spent six years as president of Sustainable Oils, a privately held biofuel and biochemical feedstock provider developing novel crops and solutions for the renewable replacement of petroleum products. Under his leadership the company delivered more than 1 million gallons of camelina-based jet fuel to the U.S. military in a strategic effort to source alternative fuel sources. Since 2006 and concurrent to his role with Sustainable Oils, Johnson founded and operated Augment Services LLC, an agricultural management and marketing consultancy.
Johnson’s career has kept him at the forefront of agricultural innovation. He worked for more than two decades with global research-based agriculture companies in various executive roles including business development, marketing and general management. He was also a principal in forming a wholesale/retail food business in California as well as joining his brothers as a partner in the family farm - the fifth generation of family operators.
A recipient of the Montana Prospera Business Network “Entrepreneur of the Year 2010” award and numerous corporate recognitions, Johnson received his MBA at California State University, Stanislaus and his bachelor's degree in entomology at the University of California, Davis.