March 16, 2020 Morning

7.30
Breakfast Briefing: Manure Innovation Challenge

Hosted by:

8.55
Opening Remarks
9.00
Opening Keynote: Harnessing New Technology Opportunities to Build a More Sustainable, Ethical and Efficient Livestock Industry

Speaker:
Jeffrey Simmons, CEO, ELANCO, USA

9.15
Opening Plenary: Growing the Animal AgTech Ecosystem through New Innovation Strategies and Collaboration Opportunities
  • What are the key pain points in today’s livestock industry for farmers? Where do industry leaders see the biggest opportunities for innovation and where are the gaps?
  • What new creative innovation models are emerging for livestock industry corporates?
  • What new areas are emerging as effective sites of collaboration to accelerate innovation and drive a more sustainable, efficient and higher-welfare livestock industry? What new points of intersect are emerging, and what can we predict in terms of consolidation?

Session Chair:
Maarten Goossens, Co-Founder & Principal, ANTERRA CAPITAL, NETHERLANDS

Speakers:
Terry Coffey, CSO & CTO, Hog Production Division, SMITHFIELD FOODS, USA
Ryan LanePresident, Animal Nutrition North America, ADM, USA
Michael Wilbur, VP Corporate Business Development, WILBUR ELLIS & President and CEO, CAVALLO VENTURES, USA
Henry Berger, Global Head of Marketing & Strategy, Diagnostics & Monitoring, BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM ANIMAL HEALTH BUSINESS UNIT, GERMANY

10.00
Fireside Chat: Transforming the Industry from Farm to Fork Through Collaboration

Session Chair:
Tim Kurt,
Scientific Program Director, FFAR, USA

Speakers:
Karen Christensen,
Senior Director,  Animal Welfare, TYSON FOODS, USA
Banks Baker, Manager, Animal Welfare and Agriculture, MCDONALDS CORPORATION, USA

10.20
Smart Livestock Farming: Transforming Data into Meaningful, Actionable, Integrated Insights
  • How is the digital revolution transforming the livestock sector and enabling new insights to be gained? Looking to successful digital applications in other industries and to China’s integrated digital society, what predictions can we make for the next wave of innovation?
  • How can we deliver useful yet affordable and simple digital tools to enable actionable insights for today’s livestock farmers? What successful business models are emerging to deliver farmers a good ROI? What challenges to adoption have still to be overcome?
  • How can we build sustainable service-based revenue models – what’s proved successful?
  • What’s needed to develop a framework for effectively integrating data from different sources with differing data agreements? What can the industry learn from the EU GDPR?

Session Chair:
Aidan Connolly,
CEO, CAINTHUS & President, AGRITECH CAPITAL, USA

Speakers:
SriRaj Kantamneni, Managing Director, Digital Insights, CARGILL, USA
Bruce Stewart-Brown, Senior VP of Food Safety, Quality, and Live Operations, PERDUE FOODS, USA
Matteo Ratti, VP, Global Marketing, Commercial Operations & Smart Data Solutions, ALLFLEX LIVESTOCK INTELLIGENCE (A MERCK COMPANY), USA
Eric Jallas, CEO & President, MEDRIA (AN ITK COMPANY), FRANCE
Ian Wheal, CEO & Founder, BREEDR, UK

11.05
Networking Break

 

11.35
Traceability and Transparency: Harnessing Traceability Tools to Provide ‘Food with a Story’ and Unlock Added Value
  • What is important to today’s consumers and what value are they willing to put on ‘food with a story’? How can traceability tools provide consumers with this information accessibly?
  • As consumer-facing brands and retailers move towards verified sustainable and ethical food production systems and supply chains to meet evolving consumer demands, how can we build reliable, objective, standardized systems for certification?
  • What key challenges are holding back supply chain transformation? What dots need to be joined to enable farmers to unlock greater value on more sustainable, ethical commodities?
  • How can we utilize traceability technologies to shorten supply chains and reduce inefficiencies, cost and risk in the livestock space? How are retailers moving closer to the farm? What’s on the horizon?

Session Chair:
Justin Sherrard,
Global Protein Strategist, RABOBANK, NETHERLANDS

Speakers:
Jennifer Walker, Director of Milk Quality, DANONE NORTH AMERICA, USA
David Speller, Founder & CEO, OPTIFARM, UK
Jessica Langley, Director of Sustainability, PILGRIM’S, USA
Brandon Buie, Director of Business Development, Enterprise Solutions, PROAGRICA, USA
Justin Sexten, Vice President of Strategy, PERFORMANCE LIVESTOCK ANALYTICS, USA

12.20
Precision Breeding: Utilizing AI and Sensor Technology Tools to Facilitate Phenotyping
  • What creative approaches are emerging to enable the precision breeding of more resilient, adaptive, sustainable and efficient livestock?
  • How can we utilize data collected from the farm and along the supply chain together with AI technology to provide information about the performance of livestock to aid phenotyping? How is sensor technology enabling new data to be accessed? How is AI being utilized to accelerate phenotyping?
  • What insights are valuable to breeding companies and what new partnership and innovation opportunities does this create? How can we build a more connected livestock industry with faster feedback loops to maximise data’s potential and drive efficiencies? What challenges need to be overcome?

Session Chair:
Joy Parr Drach,
CEO & Founder, ADVANCED ANIMAL DIAGNOSTICS, USA

Speakers:
Michael Lohuis,
Vice President, Research & Innovation, SEMEX, CANADA
Clint Schwab, Vice President, Science & Technology, THE MASCHHOFFS, USA
Johan van ArendonkChief Innovation & Technology Officer, HENDRIX GENETICS, NETHERLANDS

1.00
Networking Lunch

March 16, 2020 Afternoon

2.00
Presentations – Next-Generation Feed: Commercializing and Scaling Production
  • How far can alternative feeds transform the sustainability of supply chains and improve feed efficiency and lifecycle assessments? Which sources have the biggest potential for industry transformation?
  • Are we at an inflection point with the adoption of alternative protein feeds? What is needed to overcome scalability hurdles and bring alternatives to the mainstream, and where can investment and collaboration accelerate the process?

Speakers:
Marc Chevrel, CEO & Vice Chairman, ARBIOM, FRANCE

2.25
Targeting the Microbiome: Tailoring Feed Innovation at Scale to Boost Performance and Health
  • How are new feed innovation approaches improving health, digestion and GHG emissions?
  • How can we develop a tailored yet scalable approach to address the variability of gut microbiomes? What new business models and technologies are emerging to address this?
  • What exciting innovation is emerging in human gut health – how much is translatable to animal ag? What lessons can be learnt in terms of scale up, production, and regulation?
  • How can we overcome delivery challenges and integrate products into existing feed systems, such as retaining efficacy after the pelleting process’s high-heat treatment?
  • What regulatory approach is needed when balancing quality, safety and reliability with access and a timely route to market? What extra value do claims have on the market?

Session Chair:
Arvind Gupta,
Managing Director & Founder, INDIE BIO & General Partner, SOSV, USA

Speakers:
Mike Seely,
CEO & Co-Founder, ASCUS BIOSCIENCES, USA
Tracy Raines, Chief Innovation Officer, AGBIOME, USA
Ben Holland, Director of Research and Operations Analysis, CACTUS FEEDERS, USA
Eduardo Lopes Alberto, VP, Animal Nutrition and Health, North America, DSM, USA

3.10
Technology Showcase

Four early-stage companies pitch their disruptive solutions to a panel of investor sharks.

Confirmed Presenters:
Maricel Saenz,
Co-Founder, NEXTBIOTICS, USA
Gil Hakim, CEO, ARMENTA, ISRAEL
Heiner Lehr, CEO, FAROMATICS, SPAIN
Yiannis Kaznessis, CEO, GENERAL PROBIOTICS, USA

Investor Shark:
Jenny Rooke,
Managing Director, GENOA VENTURES, USA
Jon LoweHead of Commercial Development for Livestock, ZOETIS, USA

3.55
Manure Challenge Start-Up Pitching Competition: Winner Announced

The Yield Lab Institute will announce the winner of the Manure Challenge Start-Up Pitching Competition which took place earlier in the day.

Announced by:
Brandon Day, COO, THE YIELD LAB INSTITUTE, USA

4.00
Networking Break
4.30
The Next Frontier of Aquaculture Innovation: Harnessing Recirculating Aquaculture Systems for Healthier, More Sustainable and Local Seafood
  • What technology innovation is emerging in the Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) space to develop aquaculture farms that produce healthier, local and more sustainable seafood?
  • What is the market landscape for RAS and what are the key challenges limiting the growth of this sector? What business models have been successful?
  • What is needed to drive innovation and encourage investment to further build this newly emerging industry?

Speaker:
Yoav Dagan, Co-Founder, AQUAMAOF, Israel

4.45
Innovation in Breeding and Gene Editing: The Promise of Disease Eradication and a More Sustainable Food Supply

Speaker:
Elena Rice, CSO & Head of R&D, GENUS PIC, USA

5.00
A New Angle for Preventing the Spread of African Swine Fever: Targeting Contaminated Feed with Additive Innovation

Speaker:
Scott Dee,
Director of Research, PIPESTONE VETERINARY SERVICES, USA

5.15
Investor Insights: Scaling Animal Agtech to Commercial Viability – What Can We Learn from Adjacent Industries?
  • Which areas of the animal agtech start-up ecosystem are most exciting? What are the biggest market opportunities? What are the key components of an attractive technology platform for investment?
  • How can the animal agtech investment ecosystem build on the learnings of the crop agtech and human health investment spaces? Where are the opportunities for investors in other industries to enter the livestock space? What trajectories can we expect?
  • As livestock industry corporates and producers build strategic investment arms to accelerate innovation, what is best practice for approaches? What new models are emerging?
  • How can start-ups determine whether VC or strategic investment is best for their company and stage? What are the contrasting values of each?

Speakers:
Spencer Swayze,
Managing Partner, PAINE SCHWARTZ PARTNERS, USA
Rob Readnour, Managing Director, MOUNTAIN GROUP PARTNERS, USA
Joost Matthijssen, Investment Director, Nutreco NuFrontiers, NUTRECO, NETHERLANDS
Amanda Donohue-Hansen, Vice President, CULTIVIAN SANDBOX VENTURES, USA
Matthieu Vermersch, Managing Partner, VISVIRES NEW PROTEIN CAPITAL, SINGAPORE

6.00
Closing Remarks & Networking Drinks Reception
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