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Alltech names Dr. Ronan Power new chief scientific officer to advance research on health, nutrition

­Alltech has appointed a new chief scientific officer to advance innovative research to improve the health and nutrition of animals, plants, and people. Dr. Ronan Power has assumed the role following the retirement of Dr. Karl Dawson on June 28.
Dr. Power joined the Alltech team in 1991 as the European director of research and has been closely involved in the development of Alltech’s product portfolio, including its organic selenium, Sel-Plex®. He most recently served as the vice president of Alltech Life Sciences, a division dedicated to researching gut and brain health in humans. As chief scientific officer, Dr. Power will oversee more than 100 researchers worldwide, more than 20 research alliances spread over 12 countries, and four bioscience centers, located in the United States, China, the Netherlands and Ireland, where Dr. Richard Murphy leads the center’s activities.

Dr. Ronan Power, Dr. Richard Murphy, Dr. Karl Dawson and Dr. Mark Lyons.

“Recent acquisitions have broadened our ability to apply solutions to any point along the food supply chain and provide transformative innovation to customers,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “With Dr. Power at the helm of our research team, Alltech will advance into the next frontier, supporting producers as they overcome today’s challenges and work toward a Planet of Plenty™.
Alltech’s key areas of scientific exploration include five divisions:

• Biological sciences research, led by Dr. Karina Horgan
• Chemistry and toxicology research, led by Dr. Alexandros Yiannikouris
• Life sciences research, which Dr. Ronan Power will continue to lead
• Monogastric research, led by Dr. Daniel Graugnard
• Ruminant research, led by Dr. Vaughn Holder
Dr. Power will focus on innovation, furthering the development of nutrition technology that supports the agriculture industry in sustainably feeding a rising global population.    
“Never before has the efficient use of our planet’s resources been more critical,” said Dr. Power. “Just as Alltech was founded on the ACE principle, which commits us to the benefit of animals, consumers and the environment, those elements will continue to guide our research. We will build upon the legacy of groundbreaking scientific discovery in the lab and in the field as we work toward a more sustainable future.”

Retiring after 20 years with Alltech, Dr. Dawson was introduced to the company in its early days as he developed a friendship with the late Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech, in 1981. The two scientific visionaries remained in close contact during Dr. Dawson’s 20-year tenure as a professor of nutritional microbiology and director of the nutritional microbiology laboratory in the department of animal sciences at the University of Kentucky. He joined Alltech full time in 1999.
“Dr. Dawson has played a pivotal role in establishing and maintaining Alltech’s position at the forefront of scientific discovery, first collaborating with my father and later joining Alltech full-time,” said Dr. Mark Lyons.
Dr. Dawson’s partnership with Alltech will continue into his retirement, as he will chair the company’s scientific advisory board and help guide its core research areas.

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