Karen Larson, Vice President of Product Innovation and Government Affairs, has over 25 years of experience in specialty vector control products, technology and servces. She began as a seasonal field technician and advanced through lab tech, sales, and regulatory positions, before coming into her current role overseeing all of Clarke’s global product development and registrations. Karen's broad experience affords her an exceptionally solid understanding of the needs and process for bringing new mosquito control products through development, registration and market entry.
During her career, Karen has stewarded six products through listing by the World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification of vector control products, emphasizing those products which have proven public health value. She also led the effort that resulted in Natular being the first larvicide reviewed under the U.S. EPA Reduced Risk program, and secured Natular's Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Listed status for use in and around organic agriculture. A year later, Natular tablet formulations were awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for innovations in mosquito larval control technology.
Karen serves currently on the RISE Governing Board (2020 to present), and is past co-chair of the RISE Strategic Oversight Council (2017-2019) and chair of the RISE Regulatory Affairs Committee (2014-2016).
She and her husband Eric have two children, Emma and Evan. In her ‘spare’ time, Karen enjoys gardening and reading.
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