Dr. Inge Russell, Dr. Ronan Tynan and Dr. Peter Van Soest were all honored as industry "game changers" at Alltech's 27th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium, held in Lexington, Ky.
Russell received the 21st Alltech Medal of Excellence, Tynan received the 1st Alltech Humanitarian Award and Van Soest received the 1st Excellence in Ruminant Nutrition Award.
Russell's work on the biotechnology and fermentation of yeast and algae has resulted in significant improvements in the production of feed, food, beverages and fuel. She is also committed to education and inspiring innovation through her work as a professor at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Despite the amputation of both his legs at age 19, Tynan went on to become an orthopedics physician, achieve 18 gold medals and 14 world records and become a world-renowned singer after a breakthrough appearance on a televised talent show that led to a role as part of The Irish Tenors.
Van Soest laid the groundwork for modern rumen nutrition through his detergent system for fiber analysis. This comprehensive system of feed analysis has been implemented worldwide, transforming the nutritional management of ruminants. Currently, Van Soest serves as professor emeritus at Cornell University.