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Animal AgTech Innovation Summit – March 18, 2019

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Animal AgTech Innovation Summit, March 18, 2019 San Francisco

INTRODUCING  A BRAND NEW FULL DAY SUMMIT ON MONDAY MARCH 18, AS PART OF RETHINK AGRI-FOOD INNOVATION WEEK 2019

International agribusinesses, livestock producers, feed companies and ingredients manufacturers will join technology providers, entrepreneurs and investors to share innovation and experiences at the Animal AgTech Innovation Summit, focusing on:

  • Precision Nutrition: Targeting Animal Microbiomes for Quality, Efficiency and Health
  • Smart Livestock Farming: Empowering Farmers through Digital Insights
  • Gene Editing: Designing the Farm Animals and Fish of Tomorrow
  • New Pharmaceutical Frontiers: Preventing Diseases through Next-Generation Vaccines
  • The Rise of Aquaculture: Transforming the Industry through Digitization and Alternative Proteins
  • Investment and Finance: How Corporate Venture Funds and VCs view the Opportunities in Animal AgTech

Featuring senior speakers from: Tyson Foods, Allflex, Cargill, Elanco, Boehringer Ingelheim, Anterra Capital…

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Agenda

10.30 - 10.45
Keynote: How are changing consumer demands for higher-welfare and more sustainable foods altering the livestock industry within a context of global rising protein demand?
10.45 - 11.30
Corporate Perspective: Building the AgTech Innovation Landscape for the Livestock Industry
  • What new pain points are emerging that the livestock industry corporates are looking to solve?
  • What innovation is emerging to improve efficiency, sustainability and welfare, and what is still required?
  • How are livestock industry corporates responding to plant-based proteins and clean meat?
  • Where are the opportunities for greater collaboration between innovators and corporates? What collaboration models have proved successful? What innovation strategies are emerging to encourage new solutions?

Session Chair
Maarten Goossens, Co-Founder & Principal, ANTERRA CAPITAL, Netherlands
Speakers
Aaron Schacht, VP – Innovation, Regulatory & Business Development, ELANCO, USA
George Heidgerken, Global Head of Livestock, BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM, Germany
Karen Christensen, Senior Director, Animal Welfare, TYSON FOODS, USA

11.30 - 12.15
Precision Nutrition: Targeting Animal Microbiomes for Efficiency, Sustainability and Functional Health
  • With antibiotics off the table, livestock farmers need an alternative approach to improving efficiency of production. What innovation is emerging to target gut microbiomes to improve preventative health, animal produce quality, feed conversion efficiency and nutrient absorption?
  • How far will precision nutrition be able to transform the efficiency and sustainability of the livestock industry? What are its limitations and how does it fit into the wider animal agtech ecosystem?
  • What collaboration and investment are needed to accelerate research and development of increasingly effective, targeted products and make these cost-effective for the famer?
  • With health and nutrition converging, how is the industry changing and what new innovation and collaboration opportunities are opening up?

Session Chair
Megan Lyman, Director, IP, Regulatory and Product Development, AGTECH ACCLERATOR, USA
Speakers
Mike Seely, CEO, ASCUS BIOSCIENCES, USA
Viggo Halseth, Chief Innovation Officer, NUTRECO, Norway
Susanne Palsten Buchardt, Vice President, Animal Health and Nutrition, NOVOZYMES, Denmark
Bryan Tracy, CEO and Co-Founder, WHITE DOG LABS, USA

12.15 - 12.45
New Pharmaceutical Frontiers: Preventing Diseases through Smart Diagnostics and Next-Generation Vaccines
  • With demand for antibiotics decreasing, what trends are emerging in the animal health industry and what innovation does the industry require?
  • What new methods are emerging for developing and administering vaccines, as well as diagnosing diseases, and how will these disrupt the animal health industry?
  • How are corporates and start-ups collaborating to bring these solutions to market sooner?

Speakers
Joy Parr Drach, CEO, ADVANCED ANIMAL DIAGNOSTICS (AAD), USA

12.45 - 1.45
Networking Lunch
1.45 - 2.30
Smart Livestock Farming to Bridge the Efficiency Gap: Empowering Farmers through Digital Insights
  • 18% of greenhouse gases are attributed to the livestock industry. What is the role of digitisation in bridging the efficiency gap and transforming livestock farming to make it more sustainable?
  • What innovative methods are emerging to monitor livestock and offer actionable insights to farmers for herd management, disease detection and nutrition needs? How are these disrupting the sector? What are the limitations of these farm management technologies and how can these gaps be filled?
  • What collaboration and investment are required to bring these technologies to the wider market and make them cost-effective for farmers?

Session Chair
Mareese Keane, THRIVE AgTech Platform Director, SVG PARNTERS, USA
Speakers
Sriraj Kantamneni, Managing Director, Digital Insights, CARGILL, USA
David Hunt, CEO, CAINTHUS, Ireland
Dane Kuper, Founder and CEO, PERFORMANCE LIVESTOCK ANALYTICS, USA

2.30 - 3.15
Gene Editing: Designing the Farm Animals and Fish of Tomorrow
  • What innovation is emerging in genome editing and genetically modifying livestock and fish for disease resistance, heat tolerance, reproductive efficiency and growth efficiency?
  • What is needed to overcome regulatory hurdles at pace? What opportunities do developing countries, especially Brazil and Argentina, offer for gene-edited animals to gain traction?
  • What innovative business models are emerging to commercialise gene-edited animals? What partnerships and investment are needed to accelerate this and achieve scale?
  • With editing technologies becoming increasingly precise and consumer perceptions changing, what are the predictions for next five years? What lessons are to be learned from GM crops?

Speakers
Mitch Abrahamsen, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial & Scientific Officer, RECOMBINETICS, USA
Alison Van Eenennaam, Animal Geneticist, UC DAVIS, USA
Abe Huisman, Director R&D, Swine, HENDRIX GENETICS, NETHERLANDS

3.15 - 4.00
Start-Up Showcase

Four exciting animal agtech entrepreneurs each have seven minutes to pitch their technology solutions and outline their business strategy before taking questions from a ‘Shark Panel’.

Presenting Companies
Craig Piggott, CEO, HALTER, New Zealand
Amado Guloy, CEO, REX ANIMAL HEALTH, USA
Dganit Vered, Chairperson of the Board and VP Business Development, VIAQUA, Israel

Shark Panel
Carsten Krome, CEO, HATCH, Norway

4.00 - 4.30
Networking Break
4.30 - 5.15
The Rise of Aquaculture: Transforming the Industry through Digitization and Alternative Protein Feeds
  • What are the emerging opportunities for innovators and investors in the aquaculture space? How far will aquaculture be able to provide the sustainably produced protein required to feed the world, and what is the role of technology in making these as efficient, high quality and sustainable as possible?
  • How are the challenges in aquaculture different to livestock farming and what innovation is needed to overcome these challenges? What innovation can be translated from livestock farming?
  • How is the utilisation of alternative protein feeds and precision feeding technologies improving the sustainability of aquaculture? What are the opportunities for start-ups and feed corporates to collaborate to scale innovation?
  • How are accelerators supporting new aquaculture technologies?

Session Chair
Mike Velings, Co-Founder & Partner, AQUA-SPARK, NETHERLANDS
Speakers
Alan Shaw, President, CALYSTA, USA
Bryton Shang, CEO, AQUABYTE, USA
Amane Kimura, Director, Nutri-Science Department, Chemical Divison, MITSUI & COMPANY (U.S.A), USA
Bendik Fyhn Terjesen, Innovation Manager, CERMAQ, Norway

5.15 - 6.00
Investor Debate: How Corporate Venture Funds and VCs view the Opportunities in Animal AgTech
  • Which areas of animal ag-tech are most exciting to VC and strategic investors and have the biggest potential for growth and transforming the industry?
  • What is the right type of finance and investment to scale and build start-ups in livestock? What are the exist horizons? What is the appetite for investing from corporate venture, VCs, growth equity and family offices?
  • Why should investors invest in farm animal agtech, how can more capital be driven to this sector from the human health and companion animal spaces, and what lessons can be translated over to the sector from these other sectors?
  • What is the role of accelerators and strategic investment in fostering the innovation ecosystem in animal ag-tech?
  • Given the excitement about animal agtech and the nascency of the industry, what are investors predictions over the next five years?

Session Chair
Maarten Goossens, Co-Founder & Principal, ANTERRA CAPITAL, The Netherlands
Speakers
Spencer Swayze, Managing Director, PAINE SCHWARTZ PARTNERS, USA
Brett Morris, Principal, TECHACCEL, USA
Kevin Zussman, Vice President, CULTIVIAN SANDBOX VENTURES, USA
Matthieu Vermersch, Founder and Managing Partner, VISVIRES NEW PROTEIN CAPITAL, SINGAPORE

Partnership Opportunities

A sponsorship role offers the opportunity to lead the discussion on new models for technology development in the livestock sector and to associate your brand with accelerating innovation and adoption in this market.

If you’d like to be involved as a high profile partner for the Animal AgTech Innovation Summit, please get in touch with Rachel Mackie today or call us on 0044 1273 789989.

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Register now for the Animal AgTech Innovation Summit, either as a standalone event or as a package with the World Agri-Tech and Future Food-Tech summits (which together make Rethink Agri-Food Innovation Week) .

ONE SUMMIT PASS:

Animal AgTech Innovation Summit (Monday, March 18)

Full Price $995

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TWO SUMMIT PASS:


Animal AgTech and World Agri-Tech Innovation Summits (Monday to Wednesday inclusive, March 18-20)

Full Price $2,995

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THREE SUMMIT PASS (RETHINK AGRI-FOOD INNOVATION WEEK):

Animal AgTech, World Agri-Tech and Future Food-Tech (Monday to Friday inclusive, March 18-22)

Full Price $3,995 

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Special discounts are available for Start-Ups, Government, NGOs and Academics), contact Jamie Alexander for details or call 0044 1273 789989. Conditions apply.

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