Pearse Lyons, Alltech Biotechnology (#122)
Pearse Lyons, founder of Kentucky-based multinational biotechnology corporation Alltech, talks with Bill Goodman about the biotechnology business.
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Based in Nicholasville, Alltech Biotechnology employs more than 1,700 people in 85 countries in researching and producing all-natural animal nutrition supplements.
A native of Ireland, Lyons worked for some of the largest brewers and distillers in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States before founding Alltech in the early 1980s. After supplying yeast and enzyme products to the alcohol industry, Lyons realized that the principles of yeast technology could also be applied to the animal feed industry. Today Alltech is a global leader in the animal health industry, with annual sales exceeding $300 million.