Dr. Turano has served as president since the company was founded in 2007. She has significant experience in raising non-dilutive funds from federal and state agencies and in securing private and corporate capital to support the development, registration, and market introduction of agricultural products. In 2015, Dr. Turano founded ALL BEETS LLC, a subsidiary of PSS for the production, sale and distribution of PSS’ sugar producing products. She is serving as ALL BEETS’ interim president. Prior to founding PSS, Dr. Turano was Professor of Ophthalmology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she spent 20+ years managing innovative teams conducting research in human sensory systems. Dr. Turano received the PhD. in Experimental Psychology from Miami University.
Frank Turano, PhD Co-Founder & CRO
Dr. Turano co-founded Plant Sensory Systems (PSS) in 2007 and serves as Chief Research Officer. Dr. Turano is a molecular biologist with over 30 years of experience in government, academia, and industry. Dr. Turano co-founded PSS for the purpose of translating research ideas into marketable products to address global market needs. He leads a highly motivated research team towards the development of patentable products for commercialization. Dr. Turano has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the fields of amino acid biosynthesis, metabolism and plant signaling and is the lead inventor on 9 issued patents and 11 patents pending. Dr. Turano earned his MS in Environmental Science and the PhD in Botany/Plant Biology from Miami University.
Steve Libsack, VP Business Development, ALL BEETS
Mr. Libsack is a 40-year veteran of the sugar beet industry. He formerly led the major US sugarbeet seed supplier as their National Sales and Marketing Director and Director of Business Development where he built their annual beet seed sales in North America from less than 15% market share to over 70% market share. Mr. Libsack has been at the forefront of expanding the use of beets as a source of sugar for ethanol, advanced biofuels and bio-based products since 2007.