Dr Pearse Lyons awarded St Patrick’s Day Science Medal
Dundalk-born entrepreneur Dr Pearse Lyons has been awarded this year’s St Patrick’s Day Science Medal.
The Alltech owner received the Science Foundation Ireland-sponsored accolade alongside Irish statistician and sociologist Adrian Raftery in recognition of their significant contribution to academia and industry.
Former Harp Lager brewery employee Lyons founded Alltech in 1980, and has since grown it into a global company trading in 128 countries with 6,000 employees and annual sales of $3bn.
The Kentucky headquartered company has 77 production facilities and three bioscience centres, all with an aim of improving the health and performance of people, animals and plants.
As well as having a base in Co Meath, Dr Lyons has a brewery in Kentucky, as well as one in Newry, Co Down.
The medals are being presented by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a ceremony at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC.
It is the fourth year that distinguished Irish scientists, engineers or technologists living and working in the US have been honoured for their work through the presentation of the medals.
Dr Lyons said he was very proud to accept it.
“While my business is global, my passion for biochemistry and entrepreneurship started at home in Ireland,” he said.
“As a company, we still have very close links to Ireland with one of our three biosciences research centres based in Dunboyne, Co Meath.”