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April 14, 2019

April 15, 2019

  • 09:00

    Plenary program

    Keynote lecture by Adam Anders, Managing Partner at Anterra Capital
    ´Global economic growth, investment, trade, logistics and food prices´

  • 09:45

  • 10:30

    Parallel sessions part 1

    Biological control

    Hosted by VIB

    Presentations by 
     Katherine Dutmer, General counsel a.i. (NL)
     Nora Alonso Casajús, CEO Iden Biotechnology (ES)
     Inge Hanssen, DCM De Ceuster Meststoffen (BE)
     Lars Moelbak, R&D Manager Plant Health Chr. Hansen (DK)

    Ornamentals in a changing market: producers and customers

    Hosted by Verdant Partners

    Presentations by
     Olivier Aretz, VP Strategy & Product Teams at Dümmen Orange (NL)
     Sjoukje Heimovaara, CEO Royal van Zanten (NL)
     Joris van der Els, Global head of Flower Product at bloomon (NL)
     Tessa Duste, Co Founder & Industrial Designer at MOSS (NL)

  • 13:30

    Parallel sessions part 2


    Hosted by KeyGene

    Presentations by
     Cindy van Rijswick, Senior Industry Analyst Fresh Fruit and Vegetables RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness (NL)
     Matt Kramer, Director of Product Development & Commercialization Fall Creek Farm and Nursery, Inc. (US)
     Mike Vermeer, Head of Innovation and Gerbert Dijkgraaf, Business Development Manager, SVZ International, a Royal Cosun company (NL)
     Anker Sørensen, Vice President New Business KeyGene (NL)

    Indoor farming, digitization and big data

    Hosted by Icos Capital Management B.V.

    Presentations by
     Maren Schoormans, VP Commerce and Strategy Horticulture Priva (NL)
     Claudia Rössler, Director Agriculture Strategic Partnerships Azure Global Engineering at Microsoft Corporation (US)
     Nityen Ranjan Lal, Board member Gamaya (CH)
     Roeland van Ham, VP Bioinformatics and Modeling KeyGene (NL)

  • 15:30

  • 16:15

    Plenary pitch program

    Presentation winner innovator pitch contest 2017

    Jurriaan Ruys, CEO Sensoterra

    Confirmed pitching companies:
    ▪ Tom Martens, Managing Director UgenTec (BE)
    Oleksandr Dovzhenko, Chief Operating Officer ScreenSYS GmbH (DE)
    Dwarkesh Parihar, Head Biotechnology R&D at Bioseed Research (India)
    Andre Moreira, CEO Novihum Technologies GmbH (DE)
    Stephan von Rundstedt, CEO RoBoTec PTC GmbH (DE)

  • 17:30

  • 19:00

    Informal conference- and network dinner

    Pub Quiz

    Presented by Dutch journalist and sports commentator Andy Houtkamp.

    So, what's it all about? It's easy. You play in a team against everyone else. The organisation will put the teams together. All the attendees put their phones away, turn off their laptops and see just how much random, useless knowledge they have and how that compares to the other people in the room. The winning team will get besides eternal fame a nice prize.

    Pop Up Pitches

    In 2 minute sessions anyone 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.

    For more information about participation criteria, please contact dr. Leon A. Mur,

    This dinner will take place at Grand Café De Tropen, Linnaeusstraat 2, Amsterdam (entrance through the park or on the Mauritskade).

April 16, 2019

  • 09:00

    Plenary program

    Keynote lecture by Dr. Arjen van Tunen, CEO Keygene:
    ´Breakthrough innovations for better and healthier crops for the future´

  • 09:45

  • 10:30

    Parallel sessions part 3

    Open field crops

    Hosted by Syngenta

    Presentations by
     Paresh Verma, President at Bioseed (India)
     Erika den Daas, Managing Director at Meijer Potato (NL) 
     Stefan Schwarz, Head of Innovation & Licensing KWS Group (DE)
     Pim Lindhout, Head R&D Solynta (NL)

    Vegetable crops

    Hosted by NLO

    Presentations by: 
    • Bart Swinkels, Partner & Dutch and European patent attorney NLO (NL)
    • Vonnie Estes, VP of Technology, Produce Marketing Association (US)
    • John Purcell, Head of Vegetables R&D Bayer Crop Science (US)
     Ben Tax, Managing Director Rijk Zwaan (NL)

  • 13:30

    Parallel sessions part 4

    Specialty crops

    Hosted by KeyGene

    Presentations by:
     Olivier Rigaud, Former CEO Naturex (FR)
     Maga Malsagov, Founder & CEO PureCircle (US)
     Pierre Broun, VP Plant Sciences - coffee and cocoa Olam (NL)
     Jacques Ruth, Group Managing Director at Deroose Plants (BE)

    Nutritional crops (protein crops)

    Hosted by EuropaBio

    Presentations by
     Ruud Tijssens, Group Director Public & Cooperative Affairs at Agrifirm (NL)
     Hans Jöhr, Corporate Head of Agriculture at Nestlé SA (CH)
     Niko Koffeman, Co-founder De Vegetarische Slager

  • 15:30

  • 16:15

    Closing plenary program

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