John and Charlotte Cross BioSciences Centre

Posted on Sep 28, 2012

Building Renamed in Honour of Saskatchewan Innovator and Business Leader

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – POS Bio-Sciences (POS) today rededicated its building the “John & Charlotte Cross BioSciences Centre” in honour of the company’s first CEO and current board chair, John Cross. The announcement was made in conjunction with POS Bio-Science’s 35th anniversary celebrations highlighting the company’s significant contribution to economic and industry expansion across Saskatchewan.

“John Cross is among the most respected and innovative business leaders in Saskatchewan and we’re proud that our building will now carry his namesake,” said Dale Kelly, President and CEO of POS. “We wanted the name of our building to reflect the creativity, ingenuity and solutions-oriented focus of our company. We are delighted that John and his family agreed to let us rededicate our building in his honour.”

The connection between Cross and POS is significant and deep. In 1975, Cross was the founding
executive director of POS Bio-Sciences. Today, he chairs the company’s board of directors.

“This is a tremendous honour and we are deeply touched,” said Cross. “It has been my mission, over the last 30 years, to help our province and companies like POS reach their fullest potential. I am humbled that my work, and the contributions of my family, have been recognized in this way.”

As a chemical engineer and entrepreneur, Cross is best known for his work developing crop fertility products. In 1980, he was a founding partner and later President and CEO of Philom Bios Inc. (now Novozymes). Under his leadership, the company developed, manufactured, and market high value inoculants worldwide – enhancing the yield and efficiency of crops and increasing farmer profit.

In Saskatoon, he has served as director and chairman of Saskatchewan Research Council, and served as a member on several Boards including AgWest Biotech Inc., the Saskatoon and Region Economic Development Authority (SREDA), the International Centre for the Advancement of Science and Technology (ICAST), and the Advanced Technology Training Centre for SIAST.

Representatives from industry, the Cross family and various levels of government attended the
announcement, including His Worship Mayor Donald Atchison, who spoke about the impact Cross and POS have had on Saskatoon.

“As an entrepreneur and community leader, John Cross has been an ambassador and progressive voice for Saskatoon and our region’s economic development,” said Mayor Atchison. “Our city is grateful for his contributions and those of POS over the last 35 years.”