A still from CTV News archival video shows John Cross.

Saskatoon is saying goodbye to a longtime businessman and Order of Canada recipient.

John Cross has died at 80.

Cross was the co-founder and president of Philom Bios which was one of Saskatchewan's earliest biotech companies.

He was best known for pioneering the use of environmentally friendly, crop-boosting microbes that have increased yields, improved farmers’ livelihoods and transformed the industry worldwide. 

He was also highly regarded for his commitment to science and innovation.