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Deborah Lewis BSc. Food, MSc., PhD, MAIFST

Deborah is the Managing Director of Byron Food Science. She joined Byron Australia in 1995 as Manager of Research and Development and in 1999 became a Director of the company with responsibilities of Research and Development and technology commercialisation. During her time with Byron, Deborah has been responsible for the innovation and patenting of key technologies and has taken many Byron processes to full commercialisation globally with clients.

Deborah received her BS (Honours) in Food Science from the University of New South Wales in 1983 and then joined Unilever’s Streets Ice Cream in Sydney as an R&D Food Technologist. She then went on to earn her Masters of Science in Food Science in 1986 from the University of California, Davis (UCD) and then a PhD in Microbiology at UCD in 1991. Deborah’s academic focus was in food biochemistry, yeast physiology and genetics. After studies Deborah worked as a postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School (Boston) in the area of diabetes and cancer research.

As the third generation Lewis family member in the food industry, Deborah sees a bright and creative future for Byron and our clients.

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David Adrian Lewis BSc. Agric., M.S Ph.D, MAIFST

David co-founded Byron in 1973 with his brother Victor Lewis and is one of three Directors. He has been responsible for a number of ground breaking research projects, which are now in commercialised under licence agreements in many parts of the world.

His experience embraces research on farm crops for processing and subsequent conversion to value-added foods using Byron technologies. David co-founded the Masterfoods company in the early 1950’s and brings a wealth of knowledge in sourcing specific raw materials and manufacturing end-products for the Australian and overseas markets.

David studied Agricultural Science at the University of Sydney (BSc. Agr. (Honours)) and completed a Masters of Science in Vegetable Science at the University of California. With an emphasis on post-harvest physiological changes in plants he then went on to a PhD in Plant Physiology at University of California Davis.

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Victor Marcus Lewis BSc. Agric., PhD, FAIFST

Dr Victor Lewis co-founded Byron Australia in 1973 has authored many patents on these subjects and many of these innovations have been fully commercialized globally. As a co-founder and director of the Masterfoods company, Victor contributed to Byron a wide experience in food innovation, processing and packaging of a large range of food products.

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