Phil Taylor

Open Innovation Lead at Bayer Crop Science


With 15 years AgTech industry experience, Phil currently serves as the Open Innovation Lead for Bayer Crop Science R&D. He plays a central role in fostering strategic relationships around the globe and developing programs to enable novel ways of accelerating internal and external innovation to support Bayer’s industry leading pipeline.

A strong champion for both external and pre-competitive partnering as a driving force for innovation, Phil has held multiple leadership roles at Monsanto (now Bayer) focused on delivering collaborative approaches to enable R&D and enhance the company’s position as a partner and employer of choice. He was appointed a Bayer Science Fellow in 2020.

Before joining industry, Phil received his Ph.D. from the John Innes Centre in Norwich, U.K., and held post-doctoral positions at The University of Leeds and The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, as well as a British Council Fellowship at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Outside of Bayer, Phil is active in the academic community as a member of multiple advisory boards and professional society committees.