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[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Dr. Richard Murphy, research director at the Alltech European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Ireland, will receive the Alltech Medal of Excellence during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE19) when the event returns to Lexington, Kentucky, May 19–21.
Murphy is receiving the award for his pioneering work in the areas of organic trace element assimilation, microbial enzyme technology and the mitigation of antimicrobial resistance in livestock production. The Alltech Medal of Excellence is Alltech’s highest distinction and is awarded annually to someone of great character and achievement.
Murphy’s nearly 20-year career with Alltech began when he received his Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland, Galway after Alltech awarded him a research scholarship. He was under the tutelage of Dr. Ronan Power, who is now vice president of Alltech Life Sciences, at the company’s original Alltech European Bioscience Centre, which Murphy has now led for 17 years.
His research has provided the basis for a revolution in animal nutrition, including several exciting developments in the industry. These include: the application of organic trace minerals and their potential to positively impact feed quality and decrease feed costs; the optimization of solid state fermentation systems by utilizing microbial enzyme production, opening opportunities for new supplementation approaches; and a better understanding of the microbial factors that influence gut health, which has been integral to the development of novel strategies for mitigating antimicrobial-resistant bacteria.
The Alltech Medal of Excellence is awarded each year during the opening session of ONE. Previous recipients include the late Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech; George Blankenship, former executive at Tesla Motors, Apple Computer and GAP Inc.; former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell; John Calipari, men’s basketball coach at the University of Kentucky; and Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford.
“I’m very honored to receive the Alltech Medal of Excellence, particularly given the caliber of previous recipients,” said Murphy. “Having been mentored throughout my career by two past recipients, Dr. Karl Dawson (vice president and chief scientific officer at Alltech) and Dr. Ronan Power, I consider myself lucky to have worked with such influential scientists, who have guided me through the many stages of my scientific adventures.
“I would also like to acknowledge the late Dr. Pearse Lyons as absolutely instrumental in helping me achieve my ambitions and encouraging in me the scientific curiosity that he himself was known for and shared with us all,” he continued.
During ONE19, Murphy will take the conference mainstage to speak about our understanding of the microbiome, how it functions and how we can better support it, which will have major implications for animal agriculture and for human health.