Micropep Technologies, the leading company in micropeptide technology, has announced the appointment of Dr. Kevin Leiner as its new Head of Regulatory and Head of Development Americas. Leiner, a seasoned veteran in regulatory science, will steer Micropep’s path towards gaining market authorizations for its ground-breaking natural micropeptide-based crop protection products.
Dr. Leiner comes equipped with a Ph.D. in Zoology from Texas A&M University and more than two decades of varied industry experience across pharmaceutical biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, and contract research organizations. Prior to his new role at Micropep, Leiner worked at Syngenta, where he was involved in the safety assessment and registration of new synthetic and biological crop protection active ingredients, along with genetically modified food and feed crops.
As Head of Regulatory and Head of Development Americas, Dr. Leiner will lead Micropep’s global regulatory strategy and supervise product development activities in North and South America. His responsibilities will also include orchestrating tactical activities to generate data needed to secure product registrations in critical market countries, with a particular focus on the United States, the European Union, and Brazil.
Thomas Laurent, CEO and co-founder of Micropep, expressed confidence in Dr. Leiner’s appointment, stating, “He will play a pivotal role in our mission to revolutionize agriculture with effective, naturally-derived products.”
Given the estimated global population of 10 billion by 2050, food production must surge by 70% to maintain worldwide food security. The urgency for sustainable agricultural solutions is pressing. As a response, Micropep is accelerating its biofungicide project in the development phase, introducing a safer and more efficient alternative to conventional crop protection methods.
Discussing the significance of Micropep’s innovation, Dr. Leiner emphasized the need for sustainable and efficient food production methods to tackle the world’s increasing food demand. He also underscored the potential of micropeptides to bring a transformation in crop protection, improve yield and quality, and help plants better respond to biotic and abiotic stressors.
Excited by the challenge to fit new technologies within existing regulatory frameworks, Dr. Leiner is enthusiastic about collaborating with stakeholders and regulatory agencies to ensure the global dispersion of Micropep’s innovation.
The appointment of Dr. Leiner solidifies Micropep’s commitment to the development of sustainable crop protection solutions, and marks a significant stride towards helping farmers worldwide adapt to the impact of climate change, ensure food security, and preserve the environment.