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April 2, 2017

April 3, 2017

  • 09:00

    Keynote lecture

    • Arthur P.J. Mol, Rector Magnificus Wageningen University

      Arthur P.J. Mol is currently Rector Magnificus and vice-president of Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands. He was professor and chair of Environmental Policy at Wageningen University; professor in environmental policy at Renmin and Tsinghua University, China; professor in enviornmental policy at UKM, Malaysia; Director of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences, the Netherlands; joint editor of the journal Environmental Politics. He worked extensively in Southeast and East Asia, East Africa, and the EU.

  • 09:45

  • 10:30

    Parallel sessions part 1

    Realizing new solutions: IP & Regulatory

    This session highlights the current trends from various perspectives including patentability of novel breeding technologies, products and biological processes. Regulatory status of new breeding technologies like Crispr/cas9.

    Presentations by:
    ▪ Franck Coutand (Groupe Limagrain)
    ▪ Sunit Talapatra (Foley & Lardner LLP)
    ▪ René Raggers (EP&C)
    ▪ Patrick Rüdelsheim (ABS-int)
    ▪ René Custers (VIB)

    Insights and understanding: Breakthrough R&D

    What are the next gen innovations generated by our next generation and how are academic R&D findings translated into start-up companies. Will Google’s big data and virtual reality technologies also have impact on the Agri biotech industry?

    Presentations by:
    ▪ Els Beirnaert (VIB)
    ▪ Christine Gould (Thought for Food)
    ▪ Clive Brown (Oxford Nanopore Technologies)
    ▪ Allen Day (Google)
    ▪ Willem Broekaert (V-Bio Venture)

  • 13:30

    Parallel sessions part 2: Crops innovation showcases: Agricultural solutions and opportunities for socio economic challenges

    Open field crops

    The breeding industry and Ag Biotech companies are developing traits that provide solutions that are beneficial  throughout the value chain. This session showcases trait innovations in crops like sunflower, sugar beet and potato.

    Presentations by:
    ▪ Mike Vermeer (Lamb Weston Meijer)
    ▪ Craig Richael (Simplot Plant Sciences)
    ▪ Rob van Tetering (SESVANDERHAVE)
    ▪ Philippe Rousseau (Syngenta)

    Vegetable crops

    This session will feature traits and innovations that address several of the major issues facing the vegetable value chain including the use of pesticides, abiotic stress and shelf life. 

    Presentations by:
    ▪ Venkata Kishore (Monsanto)
    ▪ Jeroen Rouppe van der Voort (COO Scienza Biotechnologies B.V.)
    ▪ Gerald Perry Marin (FoPo GmbH)
    ▪ An Michiels (Bayer CropScience)

  • 15:30

  • 16:15

    Plenary innovator pitch programme

    Innovator pitches by young-, promising- and/ or start-up innovators
    Four innovator groups, start-ups or SMEs will have an opportunity to present their venture, technology or business case in an elevator pitch of ten minutes. After their pitch they will take questions from the audience and, based on the reflection by the programme committee, a winner will be selected. .

    Pitching companies:
    - NSure (NL)
    - Sensoterra (NL)
    - Iden Biotechnology (Spain)
    - Aphea.Bio (Belgium)
    - epibreed (Switzerland)

  • 17:30

  • 20:00

    Dinner Experience

    At the conference dinner experience upcoming Dutch talent Joris Mur (No Mondays Music) DJ and producer, will give you an insight how dance music is produced. You will get the opportunity to experience by yourself how to produce and/or mix dance music.

    Pop Up Pitches
    In 2 minute sessions anyone who wants to take the floor with a business or applications  idea can take the floor. Sign up during this conference but up to 30 minutes in advance of this session. Please contact Dr. Leon Mur for more information and participation

April 4, 2017

  • 09:45

  • 10:30

    Parallel sessions part 3: Leveraging new tools

    Robotics, big data & precision agro

    The use of precision agriculture technology and big agriculture data management will lead to an increase in a sustainable production of products. Agricultural producers are increasingly adopting these precision agriculture technologies in the recent years. New developments will be addressed in this session.

    Presentations by:
    ▪ Robert Berendes (A-Connect)
    ▪ Lénaïc Grignard (Delair-Tech)
    ▪ Peter Maes (Koppert Biological Systems)
    ▪ Margot Ribberink (Meteo Group)

    (Bio)technologies & genomics

    Game changer technologies with benefits for the grower, the processing industry, consumers and our environment will be addressed on the basis of traits in crops.

    Presentations by:
    ▪ Jane Theaker (LGC Genomics)
    ▪ Ofer Haviv (Evogene Plant Innovation)
    ▪ Bart Lambert (Bayer CropScience)
    ▪ Speaker t.b.a. (Calyxt)

  • 13:30

    Parallel sessions part 4: Crop innovation showcases: agricultural solutions and opportunities for socio economic challenges

    Biobased crops

    From breeding to growing crops to bio refinery and valuable bio based products. This session will highlight a number of successful cases including Dandelion for natural rubber production,  Canola oil, trees for paper applications and palm-based products.

    Presentations by:
    ▪ Gabriel Dehon Rezende (Fibria)
    ▪ Andry Andriankaja (BASF Plant Science LP)
    ▪ Anker Sørensen (KeyGene)
    ▪ Sharifah Shahrul Rabiah Syed Alwee (Felda Global Ventures R&D Sdn. Bhd.)
    ▪ Ronald Zwart (Biotechnology Expert Group)

    Ornamental crops

    The ornamental industry is characterized by crops that are mainly vegetatively propagated and with an integrated value chain. The companies are very innovative in fields like logistics, IT and marketing concepts.  The companies are nowadays also investing in new breeding technologies meet consumers demand and develop a sustainable supply chain. A number of these innovations will be discussed.

    Presentations by:
    ▪ Lambert van Horen (RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness)
    ▪ Mark van der Knaap (Anthura)
    ▪ Michiel van Veen (Royal Lemkes)

  • 15:30

  • 16:15

    Plenary closing programme

  • 17:00

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