Živko Ćurčić MSc, Research Assistant, started work at the Institute in 2007, and received his MSc degree in 2008. To date he has authored or co-authored 22 research papers. He co-authored a registered patent „NS START-PLUS“ PILETA-MINIPILETA SEMENA ŠEĆERNE REPE, Patent, Institute for Intellectual Property Belgrade, No. P-2010/0469. In April 2013 he became Head of the Sugar Beet Department.