MicroGen Biotech’s Board of Directors is responsible for setting our strategic goals and direction. Our Board has extensive knowledge and they bring a wealth of experience in many different areas within MicroGen Biotech.


Duane brings extensive senior executive corporate domestic and international experience to Fulcrum Global Capital, LLC with recognized accomplishments in leadership and strategic positioning.

Duane brought his expertise in leading other organizations through transformational change to the Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA) in 2012 as its president and CEO where he led the organization to attract and grow the bioscience sector as an economic growth engine for the state of Kansas. His extensive background in growing companies in tough, competitive environments served the mission of the KBA and the entrepreneurial companies in its portfolio of investments.
Duane came to the KBA from his role as managing partner of Genus Consulting, LLC where he worked closely with equity fund managers on valuation, management and market assessment for investment and divestiture decisions.

Previously, and for more than 25 years, Duane worked at Payless ShoeSource, Inc., ultimately as president and director, guiding a $185 million regional footwear retailer with 575 stores to a 5,000 store international footwear company with revenues of $3 billion with operations in more than 10 countries. Duane spent over 30 years in the retail industry with responsibilities including merchandising, marketing, retail operations, supply chain and distribution, information technology, real estate and construction, and international operations and development (serving as Chairman of the International Division joint venture subsidiary).

Active in the civic and service sectors, Duane currently serves on the board of Invest Midwest and previously served as board chair and member of the audit and compensation committees for Hiper Technology, a Lawrence, Kansas-based high tech carbon fiber plastics manufacturer and materials innovator. He also previously served as chair of GTM Sportswear Advisory Board, an importer and direct-to-consumer custom sportswear provider. Additionally, previous service included his role as chair of the Kansas State University Foundation Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, co-chaired a $500-million KSU Changing Lives campaign; served as chair of the Asset Management Committee, board chair of the KSU College of Business Administration; and on the Greater Topeka United Way Board of Directors. In 2003, Duane was named a Kansas State University College of Business Administration-Distinguished Alumni Fellow in recognition of his contributions and accomplishments in his business career.

Duane earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kansas State University and was a member of the 1997 Executive Program, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia.

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Dr. Roger Beachy is the Founding Executive Director of the World Food Center, University of California, Davis. In 2009 he was appointed by President Obama as the first director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), where he served until 2011.

Dr. Beachy also served as Chief Scientist at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) from January through October 2010 and was a 2001 recipient of the prestigious Wolf Prize in Agriculture.

Dr. Beachy was founding president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and served in this position from 1999-2002. From 1991 to 1998, Dr. Beachy headed the Division of Plant Biology at The Scripps Research Institute.

Dr. Beachy is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the Academy of Science of St. Louis. He also is a Foreign Associate in the National Academy of Sciences India and The Third World Academy of Sciences.

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Dr. David Ryan is a co-founder of MicroGen Biotech and has worked in heavy metal phytoremediation and plant growth promotion for more than 20 years.  He has significant management experience and his research has received global recognition, most recently at the Alltech ONE vision conference in the US.


Seasoned executive Bill Buckner, was former CEO of Bayer CropScience USA as well as the Noble Research Institute.

In 1980, Buckner obtained his Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri and proceeded to gain experience in the industry through agriculture retail, agricultural lending and animal health.

Prior to his roles at the Noble Research Institute and Noble Foundation, Buckner spent 18 years with Bayer Group. He started out with Bayer AG in 1993 as a marketing executive in their Animal Health Business unit in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Over the years he moved to Germany, Canada and to different locations in the U.S., assuming different positions within Bayer Group. Buckner eventually rose to become North American president and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP in April 2006, and held the position until retiring in December 2011.


Nicky Deasy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Yield Lab Europe, overseeing the day to day operations. Previously she ran Alta Corporate Finance, primarily advising early stage MedTech companies to raise venture capital, as well as other M&A advice. She was Director of Corporate Finance with EY, and Associate Director with KPMG Corporate Finance.