February 26-28, 2019
Raleigh Durham, North Carolina

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Workshop A
Tuesday 26th February 2019

09.00 - 11.30
How to Start Up in a Competitive AgBioTech Market
Workshop Leader: Megan Andrews, Project Manager, Center for Integrated Fungal Research and Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium, North Carolina State University Workshop Leader: Megan Lyman, Director IP, Regulatory & Product Development , AgTech Accelerator Workshop Leader: Corey Huck, VP, Business Development , AgTech Accelerator

As cutting edge innovation continues to be driven by research from start-ups and academics, this interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about:

  • How to design commercially applicable academic research and translate it into commercially viable propositions
  • What strategic alliances can be made between academia and industry to streamline academic research into the commercial world
  • What strategic, IP and regulatory considerations must be made when moving concepts into commercialization

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.

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.

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 B
Tuesday 26th February 2019

12.00 - 14.30
Metagenomics & Bioinformatics for Development of Agbiologicals
Workshop Leader: Laura Kavanaugh, Bioinformatics Team Lead, Syngenta

With advanced sequencing technologies, more functionally useful microbes are being identified, isolated and cultured for further product development than ever before. This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to understand:

  • How the development of metagenomics analysis inform the future development of sequencing technologies
  • How improvements in next generation sequencing are advancing the science of metagenomics
  • How to translate data into knowledge

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 C
Tuesday 26th February 2019

15.00 - 17.30
Achieving Experimental Excellence in Field Trial Design & Analysis
Workshop Leader: Adrian Duehl, Research Entomologist , Bayer Workshop Leader: Roger Bowman, Senior Field Agronomist, Novozymes

Data-driven science is at the core of successful agbiological product development. Given this, it is vital to understand how to move candidate microbes from greenhouse to field trial and to farm. This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to explore:

  • What considerations are needed to move microbials from greenhouse to field testing
  • How to design field trials that demonstrate the true value of microbial products in an agchemical-dominated industry
  • How to ensure data is well analyzed and presented to facilitate downstream agbiological commercialization

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.

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).