February 26-28, 2019
Raleigh Durham, North Carolina

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Andre Carrapatoso
Director of the Agricultural Inputs Inspection Department
MAPA, Brazil

Working as the Director of the Agricultural Inputs Inspection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply I am the person in charge to manage the Brazilian legislation for registering pesticides, fertilizers, seeds and seedlings in my country. I'm an Agronomist with Master Degree in Plant Protection, working as a public servant since 2004

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

13.40 | Brazilian Regulatory Landscape for Microbial Derived Products for Agriculture

Corey Huck
VP, Business Development
AgTech Accelerator

Corey Huck has 25 years of success across the global biotech and agribusiness industries. The scope of his expertise encompasses execution of practical applications in business development, investments, raising capital, acquisitions, marketing, sales, and new product launches in agribusiness. Mr. Huck has held leadership positions with agribusiness companies including Intrexon, EnviroFlight, and Syngenta. He is currently the Vice President of Business Development with AgTech Accelerator, a venture capital & private equity firm focused on early stage technologies in the biotech sector aimed at addressing some of the world’s most pressing needs. He has been responsible for multi-billion-dollar P&L management, architecting commercial marketing and business plans catalyzing numerous cutting-edge developments in the agribusiness sector.

Workshop A

Tuesday 26th February 2019

09.00 | How to Start Up in a Competitive AgBioTech Market

Gregg Steinberg
CEO
Growcentia

Gregg is the CEO of Growcentia, a Fort Collins, CO based company that manufactures organically derived microbial plant growth stimulants that enable growers to maximize the yield and health of various crops. Mammoth P® - Growcentia’s first product, was developed by its founders at Colorado State University and is the leading Phosphorous solubilizing microbial biostimulant in the cannabis market. Mammoth P naturally liberates phosphorus and micronutrients to maximize plant growth and yield. The company launched in 2015 and is now sold coast to coast in the US as well as in Australia, Spain, Jamaica, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile and the UK. Prior to joining Growcentia Gregg founded Charlemagne Global Advisory, a strategy and operations advisory firm for both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Projects and initiatives of CGA have been in and around the incubation and acceleration of early and development stage start-up ventures as well as more mature enterprises. Previous to founding CGA, Gregg was the President and/or Managing Director of numerous associated companies delivering a broad spectrum of strategic consulting and other professional services. The company was listed twice (both times in the top 10) by INC. magazine in the INC. 500.  Cumulative revenues under Gregg’s presidency exceeded $2 billion. Gregg is a member of the Board of Directors of The ArcView Group. The Arcview Investor Network currently consists of 600+ accredited investors. More than 160 companies have raised at least $150 million as a result of participation in Arcview. Arcview is also a partner in Canopy, a seed-stage business accelerator. Gregg also serves on the Board of the Simon School Venture Fund (Simon School of Business, University of Rochester, NY).

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

16.15 | Panel Discussion: How Will the Future Horizons of Delivering Microbial-Based Agbiological Products into the Hands of Growers Change?

14.50 | Ideation to Commercialization

Jacob Parnell
Senior Scientist
Novozymes

Earned PhD at Michigan State University’s Center for Microbial Ecology in Soil Science and Microbial Ecology. Researched environmental metagenomics at Utah State University for five years before joining the staff as the terrestrial microbial ecologist at the National Ecological Observatory Network in Boulder Colorado. Currently a scientist at Novozymes and lead of the core microbiome project.

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

10.10 | Patterns in the Rhizosphere Microbiome that lead to Improved Growth

Jane Fife
CSO
3BarBiologics

Jane Fife joined 3Bar Biologics in 2016, where she leads R&D to improve bioformulation and delivery of beneficial microbes for more effective plant growth and biological disease control.  3Bar Biologics is an early stage startup spinout of The Ohio State University dedicated to improving yield and productivity in agriculture.  Prior to 3Bar Biologics, Jane managed technology development in agribusiness at Battelle Memorial Institute.  Jane has a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from The Ohio State University, with research interests in applying innovative technologies for more targeted delivery of agricultural inputs and smarter, more sustainable agricultural production.

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

15.25 | Panel Discussion: Can New Approaches Towards Formulation Truly Increase Product Stability Before Field Application?

14.45 | From Shake Flask to Pilot Scale - Scaling Fermentation and Formulation

Kirk Francis
Manager-Performance Biologicals & Trait Knowledge
BASF

Dr. Kirk Francis grew up on a small family farm in rural Iowa and developed an early interest in science and technology.  After studying genetics at Iowa State University, he received graduate degrees in plant breeding from the University of Wisconsin and genetics from North Carolina State University.  He continued his research in genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and later joined BASF. While at BASF, Dr. Francis has led multiple trait discovery projects focused on gene and microbial discovery.  Currently, he leads BASF’s Performance Biologicals platform.

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

12.10 | Performance Biologicals: Building a Discovery Platform for Microbes with Novel Modes of Actions

Laurie Flanagan
Executive VP
DCLRS

Laurie-Ann Flanagan is Executive Vice President at DCLRS with over 20 years of experience in the federal legislative and regulatory process. She is a trusted advisor and strategist at DCLRS with expertise in a variety of issues including energy, labor and immigration, pesticides and fertilizers, small business, and water policy. In addition to lobbying government officials, Laurie assists clients with strategic government relations planning. She advises clients on upcoming regulatory and legislative initiatives that could impact their businesses and helps them understand the steps needed to ensure successful advocacy efforts. Prior to DCLRS, Laurie worked for Stateside Associates, Inc., a state government consulting firm. She previously worked for Senator John Seymour (R-CA) researching environmental and energy legislation and served as legislative aide for New York Assemblyman Robert Gaffney (R). She has also worked for several national and local political campaigns. Laurie is active in Women in Government Relations (WGR) and served on the organization's board for six years, including as treasurer from 2010-2012. Laurie earned her masters of business administration from The George Washington University in 2001. She graduated from the Catholic University of America magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with both bachelors and masters degrees in international politics in 1994.

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

13.20 | The Emerging US Regulatory Environment for Biostimulants

Manuel Kleiner
Assistant Professor
NC State University

Manuel Kleiner joined NC State in August 2017 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities. Kleiner, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, studies the metabolism, physiology, and evolutionary ecology of microbial symbioses and uncultured microorganisms. He also develops new mass spectrometry-based methods (metaproteomics) to characterize the physiology and metabolism of large numbers of species in complex microbial communities. Kleiner obtained his diploma in biology (master’s degree equivalent) in 2008 from the University of Greifswald, Germany. He received his Ph.D. from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, where he worked in the lab of Nicole Dubilier. In his dissertation research he used metagenomics, metaproteomics and single-cell imaging to understand how chemosynthetic marine animals can survive in nutrient limited habitats by relying on their bacterial symbionts for food production. For his discoveries of novel metabolic pathways in these symbionts and an animal that can feed on the poisonous gas carbon monoxide, he received the Friedrich Hirzebruch Ph.D. Thesis Prize for outstanding work in the fields of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering from the German National Academic Foundation in 2012. As a guest faculty member in the lab of Lora Hooper at UT Southwestern Medical Center he worked from 2013 to 2014 on bacteriophages and their role in the intestinal microbiota of mammals. As a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Marc Strous at the University of Calgary, he developed novel metaproteomic approaches and applied them to microbial symbioses and phototrophic bioreactors.

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

11.20 | Assessing Metabolism and Interspecies Interactions in Microbial Communities via Metaproteomics

Mariola Kopcinski
Director Scientific
Alliances Plant Health Care

Dr. Mariola Kopcinski worked in the US and Europe in research, strategic marketing, business management, new business development and licensing.  She successfully led multinational and cross-functional teams in AgBio area to transform a product concept to a well-defined post harvest business of over $100MM.  Leadership role in turning around declining $200MM fungicides product portfolio into $350MM in less than three years.  R&D Strategy Development at two major agricultural companies, DuPont and Syngenta.  AgChem and Biological Product Development and Portfolio Management at FMC.  Currently leading efforts for development and licensing of biological peptides, plant elicitors, at Plant Health Care, AgBiological and Biostimulants start up company.

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

16.25 | Defining New Standards for Biopesticides Field Trials

Megan Lyman
Director IP, Regulatory & Product Development
AgTech Accelerator

Megan Lyman serves as Counsel specializing in IP and Regulatory strategy at AgTech Accelerator. She has extensive experience in creating and supporting IP portfolios for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and universities. Starting her legal career at Jones Day, Ms. Lyman practiced in IP litigation and prosecution before opening her own practice in Research Triangle Park, NC. With a focus in the life sciences, Ms. Lyman assisted scientists and business people alike in determining comprehensive IP strategies as well as corporate counsel needs. She has specific expertise in patent landscaping, freedom to operate, patent prosecution, appeal, IPR, and licensing. Ms. Lyman also provides IP diligence, licensing, trademark, and general counsel support. Ms. Lyman has a B.S. in biology from Allegheny College, a Masters in molecular biology from the University of Colorado, and a J.D. from Pepperdine University. She has had multiple speaking engagements on subjects including patentability, obviousness, IPRs, entrepreneurship, innovation, and IP portfolio analysis and creation.

Workshop A

Tuesday 26th February 2019

09.00 | How to Start Up in a Competitive AgBioTech Market

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

14.00 | Patentability and What It Means to have a Robust IP Portfolio

Michael Ionescu
Director of Research - Agbiologicals Division
Evogene

Leading the discovery and optimization of novel microbiome-based bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants products for improving crop productivity and sustainability. Michael received his Bachelor and PhD degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Life Sciences and Environmental Studies and conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley, focusing on various topics covering microbial stress response, cell-cell communication and interaction with host plant.

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

15.25 | Panel Discussion: Can New Approaches Towards Formulation Truly Increase Product Stability Before Field Application?

14.25 | Optimization of Microbiome-Based Ag-Biologicals Product Candidates to Address Efficacy, Stability and Commercial Viability

Natalie Hubbard
VP Regulatory and Government Affairs
Pivot Bio

Natalie Hubbard, PhD, is VP of Regulatory and Government Affairs with Pivot Bio. Her responsibilities range from assuring compliance with all regulations for field trials, movement of microbes to registration of new products. Additionally, Natalie engages in industry activities ensuring science and risk based regulatory oversight of biological products, acceptance and inclusion of new technologies. Prior to joining Pivot Bio in March 2018, Natalie worked at DuPont for nearly 30 years and held roles including technical, biotechnology affairs, and product registration. During much of that time she led U.S. product registration for DuPont Pioneer and represented the company in trade associations during a time of rapidly changing regulatory environment for crops derived from biotechnology Natalie received her B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont, and both M.S. in Agronomy and PhD in Plant Physiology from North Carolina State University.

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

11.40 | Industry Perspective: The Need for Regulatory Clarity to Enable Access to Environmentally Beneficial Products

Nathan Cude
Senior Scientist
Novozymes

I'm a Project Leader in Microbial Discovery at Novozymes North America. I lead a team of people that have diverse backgrounds in microbiology, automation, data management, and molecular biology. We support the goals of the Microbial Discovery group by isolating, identifying, risk assessing, and characterizing the thousands of microorganisms required to fill the BioAg Alliance field trial pipeline. I also lead the whole genome sequencing project in Microbial Discovery, where we use automation to isolate DNA from a huge diversity of organisms to genome sequencing thousands of strains per year. My background is in microbial ecology and plant microbe interactions. I received my PhD in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee where I studied the secondary metabolisms, specifically antibiotic production and quorum sensing in marine alphaproteobacteria. I then went to a post-doc at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory where I was a member of the Plant Microbe Interfaces group. We studied the interactions of soil microorganisms with the rhizosphere of Poplar trees and how those interactions can directly and indirectly affect plant health.

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

11.50 | Ecology in Industry—Characterizing and Modifying Crop Microbiomes to Increase Yields

Peter Baas
Director R&D
Growcentia

Dr. Baas currently functions as the Director of R&D for Growcentia where he is involved everything ranging from new product development to product quality control and plant trials. He received his BS and MS from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and his PhD in ecology from the University of Georgia specializing in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry. His postdoctoral research at Colorado State University focused on plant-microbial interactions in agriculture. He has worked in a wide range of ecosystems, ranging from mangroves to agricultural ecosystems, and has an advanced understanding of the interactions and complexities among microbial ecology, nutrient cycling, and plant productivity. As a postdoctoral researcher he was part of the university research team that developed and rigorously tested the product, Mammoth PTM, which resulted in the launch of Growcentia in 2015.

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

11.00 | Multi-Species Consortia: Developing the Next Generation of Biostimulants to Improve Specialty Crop Yield and Health

Richard Broglie
Chief Technology Officer
Pivot Bio

Richard Broglie is Chief Technology Officer at Pivot Bio, an innovative agriculture technology company that identifies and fine-tunes microbes with the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen for use by cereal crops. Prior to joining Pivot Bio, he held the position of Research Director for microbiome discovery for the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. In his more than 30-year career at DuPont, he led various discovery programs that resulted in soybean and canola crops with healthier and more stable seed oil compositions, and traits for disease and pest resistance in soybean, corn, wheat, rice, and sugarcane. He also served as Vice President of Research and member of the Board of Directors of InterMountain Canola, a joint venture between DuPont and DNA Plant Technology. He has authored more than 30 scientific publications and is an inventor on several important patents. Richard received his graduate training in microbiology at Rutgers University and his postdoctoral training in plant molecular biology at The Rockefeller University, where he also served as Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology.

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

09.00 | Innovative Approaches to Crop Nutrition

Terry Stone
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability
Agrinos

Terry joined Agrinos with over 30 years of experience in plant biotechnology, regulatory affairs and sustainable agriculture. As Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability, he directs regulatory initiatives for Agrinos, working closely with government agencies, industry initiatives and other stakeholders on a global level. Terry also leads the development of Agrinos’ sustainability programs, partnering with customers and other organizations to demonstrate and quantify the value of Agrinos products as a component of their sustainability programs. Prior to joining Agrinos, Terry held leadership roles with Syngenta, The Scotts Company and Monsanto working in research and development, global regulatory affairs, sustainability and industry relations. He has earned Master’s degrees in International Business and Entomology.

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

12.00 | Developing Regulatory Clarity for Plant Biostimulants in the United States

Xuemei Germaine
CEO
MicroGen Biotech

Dr. Xuemei Germaine is the founder & CEO of MicroGen Biotech-an Irish biotech startup with a mission to feed the world with safer food. Dr. Germaine lead her team developed patented microbiome platform technology for screening lead microbes for increasing food safety, soil health and crop yield. While working for Pfizer for 6 years, she set up ribosome display and high-throughput screening technologies for antibody drug discovery. Dr. Germaine is a native Chinese. She had a PhD degree in biotechnology and worked in life science sector for over 20 years both in China and Ireland. Dr. Germaine has extensive knowledge of Chinese market penetration of startups with disruptive technologies.  

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

17.05 | Breakout Roundtables

Roy Chen
Formulation Team Lead
ADAMA US

Dr. Roy Chen received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from National CK University, Taiwan, his Master degree in Chemistry from New Mexico Highlands University, and PhD degree in Polymer Science from University of Akron. He also did post-doctor work in the University of Alabama. He has co-authored more than a dozen publications and is a co-inventor of 11 US patents. As an enthusiastic hands-on chemical and microbial pesticide formulator, Roy has worked for companies like Union Carbide, Rhone Poulenc, Avenis, Bayer CropScientice and now ADAMA USA. He is the Formulation Team Manager with a focus of ag-formulation product development and production support. With his 35 years of industrial experience, Dr. Chen has been an expert of utilizing surfactants, polymers, and adjuvants in agrochemical and microbial bioformulations.

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

15.25 | Panel Discussion: Can New Approaches Towards Formulation Truly Increase Product Stability Before Field Application?

14.05 | The Microbial Formulation Challenge—A Processing & Stability Review

Roger Bowman
Senior Field Agronomist
Novozymes

Roger Bowman is currently the Staff Agronomist with Novozymes Biologicals. He began his current position with EMD as a R&D scientist until EMD was purchased by Novozymes four years later. His current position involves product development and management of broad acre trials in North America. Roger also has 5 years’ experience as a County Extension Agronomist (Cotton) with the University of Arkansas as well as time with Bayer CropScience and Helena Chemical in product development. He received his BSA – Horticulture from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) and MA – Plant Science from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville).

Workshop C

Tuesday 26th February 2019

15.00 | Achieving Experimental Excellence in Field Trial Design & Analysis

Manoj Dadlani
CEO
CosmosID

Mr. Manoj Dadlani serves as Chief Executive Officer at CosmosID, Inc., a genomic big data company focused on rapid identification of microorganisms for infectious disease diagnostics, public health surveillance, food safety monitoring, pharmaceutical discovery, and microbiome analysis for health and wellness. CosmosID has built the largest curated databases for best-in-class microbial identification and characterization. So far, the technology has already been utilized in over a dozen high impact peer reviewed publications. Previously, Mr. Dadlani served as a partner at Applied Value Group, a management consulting and investment firm, and was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Rasa Industries, Ltd., a leading beverage manufacturing company in northern Nigeria. Mr. Dadlani has substantial experience in strategy, M&A, supply chain management, product development, marketing and business development. Mr. Dadlani received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biological Engineering from Cornell University.

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

12.50 | Soil Microbiome Characterization: Standards, Sequencing, and Bioinformatics

Adrian Duehl
Research Entomologist
Bayer

Adrian leads Bayer’s agronomic development programs for soil applied biologics and insecticides in the United States. He specializes in digital approaches and data utilization to improve field trials. His background includes leading the discovery of foliar insecticides from microbes and insect chemical ecology. He collaborates broadly to develop solutions that will increase the sustainability of agricultural systems and insect control.

Workshop C

Tuesday 26th February 2019

15.00 | Achieving Experimental Excellence in Field Trial Design & Analysis

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

16.45 | Remote Sensing Imagery, Signal or Noise: Validating the Approach and Making Lead Decisions

Omri Finkel
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Dangl Lab,
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

A native of Israel, Omri Finkel completed his BA in biology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He went on to receive a Masters and PhD in environmental science at the same university under the supervision of Prof. Shimshon Belkin. His PhD work focused on the study of microbial communities on the leaf surfaces of a salt secreting desert tree, using shotgun metagenomics to discover novel functions of the phyllosphere microbiome. In 2014, Omri joined Prof. Jeff Dangl’s lab at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was awarded the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service potdoctoral fellowship  to study plant-microbe interactions under controlled lab settings. He is currently still at the Dangl lab as an HHMI Postdoctoral associate, using Arabidopsis together with synthetic bacterial communities as a model system for ecological interactions.

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

09.20 | Bacterial Community Maintenance of Plant Root Development

Amit Vasavada
Sr. Vice President R&D and CTO
Marrone BioInnovations

Dr. Amit Vasavada is the Sr. Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer at Marrone Bio Innovations in Davis, California. He received his doctorate degree in Applied Microbiology from University of California, Davis. Since his doctoral training, he has been involved in Translational R&D, Process Development and Manufacturing of Bio-based products in Agriculture, Industrial and Pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to Marrone Bio Innovations, he gained valuable experience in biotechnology at industry leaders such as Monsanto, Chiron (Novartis), and Diversa over the last 30 years. His experience spans utilization of native and recombinant microbes such as yeasts, bacteria, fungi and microalgae for the production of commercially relevant products. Currently, he leads Marrone BioInnovations’ R&D efforts to discover, develop and deliver smart, natural and sustainable biological pesticides and plant health products as part of the integrated pest management programs for Agriculture.

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

16.15 | Panel Discussion: How Will the Future Horizons of Delivering Microbial-Based Agbiological Products into the Hands of Growers Change?

15.10 | Delivery of Sustainable Biological Solutions to Consumers

Megan Andrews
Project Manager, Center for Integrated Fungal Research and Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium
North Carolina State University

Megan Andrews, Ph.D., is the Project Manager for both the Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium (PSMCC) and the Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR) at North Carolina State University. She received a B.S. in Biology from the California Institute of Technology and Ph.D. in Geology/Geochemistry from Yale University before embarking on postdoctoral research experiences in the UK and at NC State. This interdisciplinary background has served her well in her current role as liaison between industry and academic scientists, as well as managing a multidisciplinary center.

Workshop A

Tuesday 26th February 2019

09.00 | How to Start Up in a Competitive AgBioTech Market

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

09.20 | DeCIFRing a Population Genetics Approach to Biological Control of Mycotoxin Production

Laura Kavanaugh
Bioinformatics Team Lead
Syngenta

Dr. Laura Kavanaugh received her PhD from Duke University through the University Program in Genetics and Genomics. She has over ten years of experience working in the Global Bioinformatics Group for Syngenta Biotechnology in Research Triangle Park, NC. As a team leader at Syngenta, she specializes in Next Generation Sequencing analysis and is particularly interested in the application of emerging long read technologies for metagenomics analysis and product development.

Workshop B

Tuesday 26th February 2019

12.00 | Metagenomics & Bioinformatics for Development of Agbiologicals

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

12.30 | Digging for Answers in Long Read Technologies

Jeff Tweedy
Commercial Head Americas
Plant Health Care

Jeff is current the Commercial Head for the Americas’ for Plant Health Care. Jeff has over 25 years of experience in the global agribusiness industry. Jeff has held senior leadership commercial and technical roles at Horizon Ag Products, Arysta LifeScience and Syngenta. Jeff received his B.S. and M.S degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

11.20 | Impact of Plant Health Care Harpin αβ on Coffee, Sugar Cane and Citrus Fruit

Terry Bell
Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes
Penn State University

Terrence Bell began as an Assistant Professor at The Pennsylvania State University in 2017. He has nearly ten years of experience working with microbiome-focused high-throughput sequencing data. His main research interests include the factors driving microbial invasion and establishment in soils and root systems, as a result of both natural processes and forced invasions (e.g. introduction of microbial products). Previous research projects have focused on the microbiomes of contaminated soils in the High Arctic and on the root-associated microbiomes of crop plants and plants involved in phytoremediation. He has also worked on the multi-generation selection of soil microbiomes to enhance target soil functions and plant phenotypes. Dr. Bell received his B.S. in Biology from Queen’s University, his M.S. from the University of Western Ontario, and his Ph.D. from McGill University. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at both the Montreal Botanical Gardens and Cornell University. He has received recent funding from the USDA and the Joint Genome Institute.

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

09.50 | Microbial Source and Recipient Environments: Interactions Impact Microbial Establishment and Function

Steven Vandenabeele
CSO
Aphea.Bio

Steven Vandenabeele holds a PhD in biotechnology (University of Ghent) and has 20 years of experience in plant biotech (VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, Rockefeller University, BASF Plant Science). Steven has worked in the ag-biotech industry for more than 10 years: he worked at BASF Plant Science as a group leader Technology Management, as the coordinator for the high-throughput plant phenotyping platform, and as research manager of the global rice yield project. Serving in these functions, he has gained strong experience in people, process and research project management. Three years ago, together with the VIB, he started building the business strategy to develop superior agricultural biologicals based on microbials. Aphea.Bio NV is currently operational since 2017, backed by venture capital. Steven is Aphea.Bio’s Chief Scientific Officer and heads a team of 18 expert scientists.

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

09.50 | An Integrated Technology Pipeline for the Development of Superior Agricultural Biologicals.

Russ Hedrick
First Generation Farmer
JRH Grain Farms LLC

Russell Hedrick is a first generation farmer that has a dedication to growing some of the finest Grain and Livestock in his region of the Southeast. After forming JRH Grain Farms his exceptional use of new technologies and Cover Crops led him to being awarded the NC Innovative Young Farmer of the Year by the NC Agriculture Commissioner, Steve Troxler in 2014

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

16.15 | Panel Discussion: How Will the Future Horizons of Delivering Microbial-Based Agbiological Products into the Hands of Growers Change?

15.30 | Microbiology in the Soil - A Producer’s View

Jesse Rosales
Branded Products Portfolio Manager, Key Active Ingredients
Wilbur-Ellis

Jesse Rosales is portfolio manager of branded pesticides at Wilbur-Ellis. He coordinates activities to vet and develop innovative technologies from companies bringing pesticides to market through Wilbur-Ellis. For over seven years, Jesse worked at Marrone Bio Innovations as product manager of insecticides and nematicides and in sales roles. He has managed the brands Grandevo® Bioinsecticide and Majestene® Bionematicide, Agrow Awards Best New Product award winners.

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

17.05 | Breakout Roundtables

Day Two

Thursday 28th February 2019

16.15 | Panel Discussion: How Will the Future Horizons of Delivering Microbial-Based Agbiological Products into the Hands of Growers Change?

15.50 | A Distributor’s Perspective on How to Improve Biopesticide Adoption: We Need More Collaboration Throughout Pesticide Value Chain

Patrice Pellerin
R&D & QA Director
Lallemand Plant Care

Patrice Pellerin, PhD in Applied Biochemistry, has worked for 15 years as a Research Scientist at INRA in France and several R&D organizations in France, USA (university of Georgia Athens) and Bolivia. Patrice spent 11 years at DSM Food Specialties (the Netherlands) in developing food enzyme applications to the fermenting, baking and fruit juice industries. Patrice also spent 5 years at Oenobrands, France, where he led development of new yeast, bacteria, enzymes and mannoproteins for the wine industry. Patrice Pellerin joined Lallemand Plant Care as Director of R&D and QA in 2017. Patrice’s responsibilities encompass new strain discovery, production and scale-up optimization, product formulation, research partnerships and quality assurance.

Day One

Wednesday 27th February 2019

15.25 | Panel Discussion: Can New Approaches Towards Formulation Truly Increase Product Stability Before Field Application?

15.05 | Optimising Production of Agbiologicals to Align with Increasing Market and Farmer Needs