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.
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.
Mr. McDaniel has more than 25 years of experience in business development and executive leadership experience in the areas of business operations and strategy, commercial partnering, M&A activities, and private equity fundraising. Previously he was the CEO of ABS Materials, Inc. and Catacel Corp.
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.
Associates & Advisors
Mr. Leahey was a Founding Partner at Nidus Investment Partners, CEO at Venganza Inc., Director of Global R&D Contracts at Pfizer Inc, Director of the Technology Alliances Team at Monsanto, and Director of Technology at Washington University. Mr. Leahey has built numerous strategic alliances and successfully negotiated hundreds of technology licenses for over 30 pharmaceutical, agricultural and medical science companies.
Dr. Dierenfeld was the Director of the Wildlife Nutrition Center at the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Manager of the Global Sustainability Programs at Novus International, Inc. Dr. Dierenfeld has published over 120 articles on animal nutrition and sustainable agriculture and has co-authored the book, "Comparative Animal Nutrition and Metabolism". She received the PhD in animal nutrition from Cornell University.
Dr. Bogosian has extensive experience with fermentation-based processes for manufacturing a wide variety of products, including proteins, enzymes, and small molecules. Dr. Bogosian was formerly with Monsanto where he successfully launched several products during his 26 years with the company. He is the sole or lead inventor on over 30 issued patents and pending patents. Dr. Bogosian is currently Managing Member of a consulting company.