Marc Van Montagu
Antigua and Barbuda
Marc Van Montagu is a pioneer in plant molecular biology. His group at Ghent University invented the Agrobacterium mediated transgene transfer and used this new technology to study gene regulation and to discover the molecular basis of several plant physiological processes. Two Belgian biotech companies were spin-offs from his laboratory, Plant Genetic System (PGS) and Crop Design. Due to his accomplishments he received in 1990 the title of Baron from the King of Belgians. In October 2013 he was awarded the World Food Prize. Currently, he is President of the European Federation of Biotechnology and of the Public Research and Regulation Initiative, and Chairman of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach.