May 28, 2013 – Kincannon & Reed has appointed Dr. Heiri Gugger as managing director of the firm's new office in Research Triangle Park, NC. The firm will support North Carolina's agribusiness and biotechnology sectors both locally and globally. Dr. Gugger brings a broad spectrum of executive experience across the global life science and industrial sectors. As CEO, he led the turn-around of Paradigm Genetics, Inc. (later Icoria, Inc.), transforming it from an agricultural functional genomics company into a systems biology platform with healthcare and agricultural content. “Heiri's track record of leadership and insight, in addition to his broad network in the biotechnology arena, make him an outstanding addition to our team,” said Greg Duerksen, president of Kincannon & Reed. “The unique entrepreneurial drive and economic development structure in North Carolina creates an attractive location for a new office in our global network.” Founded in 1981, Kincannon & Reed is focused exclusively on the food, agribusiness, and life sciences sectors and serves clients throughout the world from its offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.