Job Title: Retired/Former President & CEO
Company: Defyrus Inc. (retired)
Turner is a scientific entrepreneur with experience in academia and life sciences industry. He founded, served as President & CEO of Defyrus Inc., Nexia Biotechologies (TSX:NXB) and Tissue Regeneration Therapeutics. He served as Vice-Chair of the Nat’l Center of Excellence – Advanced Food and Material Network. Turner was a tenured Professor in Dairy Genetics at McGill University after a Ph.D. in Animal Science & M.Sc. Biophysics at U. of Illinois. He has published >100 scientific paper & abstracts and 32 patents. His contributions involved driving pioneering life science/ag in house and in-licensed innovation toward commercialization including; ZMapp™ 1st successful therapeutic to combat Ebola virus infection worldwide; BioSteel®: recombinant spider silk produced in transgenic BELE® goats were the world’s first cloned goats, a “lab” sized transgenic dairy animal capable of producing novel high value recombinant proteins in their milk. Turner is now focused on cultivating heritage apple genetics and producing artisanal apple ciders.