All­tech pioneer dies aged 73

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THE pres­i­dent and founder of global biotech, feed and an­i­mal nu­tri­tion com­pany All­tech, Dr Pearse Lyons, died last month aged 73.

He had been suf­fer­ing from an acute lung con­di­tion that de­vel­oped dur­ing his re­cov­ery from heart surgery.

Dr Lyons was the key­note speaker at the GOAL (Global Out­look for Aqua­cul­ture Lead­er­ship) con­fer­ence in Dublin in Oc­to­ber, or­gan­ised by the Global Aqua­cul­ture Al­liance (GAA).

He in­spired the au­di­ence of seafood pro­fes­sion­als with his up­beat mes­sage, urg­ing the in­dus­try to con­tinue to in­no­vate to ad­dress chal­lenges such as re­plac­ing fish­meal and fish oil, ad­dress­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity, and min­imis­ing pol­lu­tion and fix­ing the sea lice is­sue.

‘I pre­dict that we will con­quer sea lice within six months be­cause all things are pos­si­ble now we have gene chips and novel nu­tri­tional so­lu­tions!’ he said.

‘Aqua­cul­ture is good be­cause it is the most ef­fi­cient pro­tein con­verter out there and that means we are ab­so­lutely in the right busi­ness.’

Al­ric Blake, CEO and trea­surer of Ken­tucky, US, based All­tech, said: ‘Dr Lyons was a vi­sion­ary en­trepreneur who trans­formed the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try, be­gin­ning with his in­no­va­tive ap­pli­ca­tion of yeast tech­nol­ogy in an­i­mal nu­tri­tion.

‘From farm to field, from mar­ket to fam­ily din­ner ta­ble, our world is im­mea­sur­ably bet­ter be­cause he was a man who never saw prob­lems, only a chal­lenge that had not yet been solved.He in­spired ev­ery­one he met with his en­ergy, en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion­ate be­lief in pos­si­bil­i­ties. He in­stilled that pos­i­tiv­ity in his peo­ple, more than 5,000 All­tech team mem­bers around the world.’

Dr Mark Lyons, Pearse’s son and chair­man and pres­i­dent of All­tech, said: ‘He saw far­ther into the hori­zon than any­one in the in­dus­try, and we, as his team, are com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing on the fu­ture he en­vi­sioned. He planted seeds that will pro­duce a boun­ti­ful har­vest for the world in the years to come.’

Above: Dr Lyons ad­dress­ing last year’s GOAL con­fer­ence in Dublin

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