Hugh Haydon is the founding Chairman and CEO of Owensboro, Kentucky based Kentucky Bioprocessing, LLC (KBP). KBP specializes in the expression, extraction, purification and commercial scale production of proteins from plant based systems.
Prior to assuming his current role with KBP, Mr. Haydon served as Executive Vice-President of Programs for a Washington, DC based consulting group providing strategic and implementation direction to various research, development and commercialization programs for the United States Department for Homeland Security. His career also includes eight years as Commissioner of Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Kentucky where he was responsible for negotiation of over $2 billion in financing transactions as well as creation and implementation of a number of successful and award winning programs aimed at promoting innovation and technology commercialization. In 1999 he was presented with the Kentucky Distinguished Service Medal for his service in support of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs.
Under his leadership, KBP has built a global network with active collaborations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States all focused on the deployment of plant based protein expression systems to address gaps in the global pharmaceutical production system. Since 2010 KBP has secured and successfully executed over $30 million in contracts with the United States Department of Defense aimed at protecting the warfighter and general public from various biological threats.
Hugh is a native of Springfield, Kentucky, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He serves as Vice Chair of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board is immediate past chair of the Kentucky Biotech Alliance. He and his family reside in Louisville.