Livestock Biotech Summit: Preliminary Program

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September 16-18, 2014
Sioux Falls Convention Center, Sioux Falls SD

Can you imagine a world in which:

  • Cows do not require antibiotics because they naturally are resistant to bacterial infections?
  • Chickens are resistant to avian flu and cannot pass it along to humans?
  • Pigs are more environmentally friendly without changing any production practices?
  • Heart healthy salmon can be raised locally and sustainably anywhere in the US?
  • Cures to life threatening diseases are discovered quicker and for less cost using advanced animal models of human diseases?
  • Critical organ transplant patients have an abundant supply of transplants available through animal organs specifically designed to not be rejected by the immune system?
 
The budding animal biotechnology industry has potential to solve numerous human, animal, and environmental challenges but its potential is unrealized and the industry is at a crossroads due to the lack of a clear and predictable regulatory pathway and access to the capital necessary to bring applications out of the lab and in to our everyday lives.
 
BIO’s 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit is an opportunity for the community invested in finding solutions through animal biotechnology to learn about new technological applications, the regulatory and commercial environments, animal care requirements, the impact of public acceptance and how to tell your story about animal biotechnology.

 

Monday, September 15, 2014

1:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

Tour of South Dakota State University and Brookings, SD Area Facilities

An optional pre-Summit tour of South Dakota State University’s facilities and campus in Brookings, SD.  Participants will take a bus to visit the Research Park, Prairie Aquatech, several animal facilities at SDSU, and McCroy Gardens for dinner with researchers.

 

For more information and to RSVP, email William Aylor at William.Aylor@sdstate.edu.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

All Day

 

Registration & Table Top Displays

7:00 am – 8:00 am

 

Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 pm  

Building Public Acceptance

Increasingly, Americans are asking questions about how their food—where and how was it produced, what’s in it, and as importantly, what’s not.  As our technology prepares to move onto the consumer’s plate, success will be determined by the level of public acceptance.  These session focuses on the need for us to communicate in ways never before demanded of us.

8:00 am – 8:45 am

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Welcoming Remarks by Cathy Enright, Executive Vice President, Food and Agriculture, BIO

"Changing the Conversation to Promote Investment and Ensure Access to Technology"

For more than a decade groups opposed to the agricultural use of biotechnology owned the digital and social media space, raising concerns about seed developers and their products and filling the information void with material meant to mislead consumers looking for answers.  Cathy Enright will share how the seed developers began to change consumer perceptions by creating “GMO Answers”  (gmoanswers.com) an open, transparent dialogue about GMOs and how our food is grown.  

8:45 am – 10:15 am

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Distilling Your Message on Animal Biotechnolgy 

Expert communicator, Christie Nicholson, will lead an interactive plenary session followed by small group break-out workshops in the afternoon to help participants craft vivid, compelling messages to describe what they do and why it matters, in terms non-scientists will understand and appreciate.  General principles in how to develop short, clear, conversational statements will be covered. 
 

Panel 

  • Christie Nicholson, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

10:15 am – 10:30 am

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Networking Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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Messaging about Animal Protein

Farmers already face many production challenges, including changing climates, diseases, animal welfare, high production costs, and environmental concerns.  In a world with a rapidly growing appetite for animal protein, the challenge to feed people while being able to explain the technologies needed to do so loom large.  Learn how to build trust and confidence with consumers about animal protein production.
 
Panel 
  • Charlie Arnot, Center for Food Integrity
  • Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California-Davis

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

 

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 4:45 pm 

 

Care and Use of Agricultural Animals

Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in research and biomedical settings, as well as in food production is an increasingly important topic.  Two panels will examine this topic from a biomedical and a food production perspective, discussing regulatory requirements and commercial requirements.
 

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

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Research and Biomedical Applications

Learn how to interpret and apply livestock care and use standards that exist for research with animals.  Experts from government, academia and accreditation will discuss the regulatory environment related to animal care in the context of research and biomedical applications..
 

Panel 

  • John McGlone, Texas Tech University
  • Kate Ziegerer, USDA-APHIS
  • Chris Newcomer, AAALAC

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

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Networking Break

2:30 pm – 4:45 pm

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Food Production

Consumers today are asking more and more questions about animal welfare and the methods used to raise their food.  Retailers are responding by more closely scrutinizing animal care on farms.  Panelists from the value chain and auditing firms will discuss key challenges, what auditors are being asked to do, and how farmers are impacted.
 

Panel

Moderator: John McGlone, Texas Tech University

  • Mike Simpson, PAACO
  • Anne Visconti, FACTA
  • Mike Morris, Yum Brands
  • Robyn Metzger, Wulf Cattle

4:45pm - 5:30pm 

 

Keynote Speaker Dr. Richard Raymond 

"Agriculture Needs Safe Technologies to Feed a Growing and Hungry World (Perception Vs. Reality)"

 
Dr. Raymond is the former undersecretary of agriculture for food safety at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  His keynote will focus on the importance of technologies that are safe for animals, humans and the environment to achieve fodo security and how we must communicate better about technology to dispel the many erroneuos myths and perceptions on the internet and in other media.
 

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

All Day

 

Registration & Table Top Displays

7:00 am – 8:00 am

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 South Dakota Governor's Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:10 am

 

Introduction of Governor Daugaard by James C. Greenwood, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization

8:10 am - 8:25 am

 

Welcome to South Dakota

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard to provide attendees with welcoming remarks.

8:30 am – 10:00 am

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New Technologies to Improve Animal Production and The Potential for Commercial Success

Applying the tools of biotechnology to animal production presents many business opportunities.  However the ability to harness these tools depends largely on government regulation and commercial acceptance.    Experts from academia and business will discuss the complex environment of bringing research to commercial reality.
 

Panel

  • Dave Thorbahn, Select Sires
  • Kevin Wells, University of Missouri 
  • Alejandro Rojas, AquaBounty Farms

10:00 am – 10:15 am

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Networking Break

10:15 am – 12:00 pm

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New Challenges and Opportunities for the Final Link in the Food Animal Value Chain

Turning animal protein into finished food products and conversations with consumers can drive sourcing, marketing and other business decisions.  This panel will discuss challenges and opportunities in using technology to produce animal protein.
 

Panel

  • Leon Bruner, Grocery Manufacturers Association
  • Mike Morris - YUM! Brands
 
 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

 

Boxed Lunch and Travel by Bus

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

Tour of Local Facilities

Trans Ova Genetics

EROS Satellite Data Center/Strawbale Winery (bus leaves 1:30 pm)

Attendees have the opportunity to tour local animal biotechnology companies and the Sioux Falls area.  We will have bus transportation to the facilities. Please indicate your preference of tour on your registration, so we can provide the needed transportation.

 

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Bus Back

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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South Dakota Reception

Thursday, September 18, 2014

All Day

 

Registration & Table Top Displays

7:00 am – 8:00 am

 

Networking Breakfast

8:00am - 8:45 am

 

Leveraging Research Funding in Animal Biotechnology

Research and development of products using the tools of animal biotechnology requires streams of funding from several sources which vary according to the stage of development.  The funding for basic research is a vital first step so that this knowledge can be further leveraged into development of products that improve food security and animal and human health.  This presentation will highlight the link between agriculture and human health and how agricultural research programs can support healthy outcomes in people, plants, and animals.
 
Panel 
 
  • Sonny Ramaswamy, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA
 

8:45 am – 10:15 am

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Intellectual Property: Value to Animal Biotechnology 

Intellectual property rights are vital to biotechnology developers, and are in many cases their most valuable assets.  In addition to protecting core technology, intellectual property is used by companies, universities, and other entities to protect market position against third party competitors, to facilitate effective collaborations, or to provide value for acquisitions.  This panel will discuss intellectual property, the role of intellectual property in a commercial context, and the current events impacting these rights.
 
Panel
  • Timothy A. Worrall, Polsinelli PC
  • Ken Mohn, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
  • William Aylor II, Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, South Dakota State University

 

10:15 am – 10:30 am

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Networking Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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Human and Animal Health Solutions

Animal biotechnology is providing the solutions today and into the future for human and animal health.  Finding the useful innovations for the questions posed by health needs is a challenge, but not impossible. Hear success stories for these quests from panelists experienced in finding the next big solution.
 
Panel
 
  • David Pearce, Sanford Research Center
  • Rob Readnour, Elanco
  • Tom Luke, Naval Medical Research Center

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

 

Networking Lunch 

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

Biomedical Regulatory Pathway

Applications of animal biotechnology to solve biomedical questions are powerful, but many of these are in developmental limbo with unclear paths to commercialization.  This panel will discuss the regulatory paradigm for where we were, where we are, and where we go from here.  They will present the challenges that face regulators for biomedical animals and the opportunities to utilize these technologies in the future.
 
Panel 
 
  • Jay Cormier, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.
  • Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California, Davis
  • Eddie Sullivan, SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc.
     

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Keynote Speaker Jim Murray

James Murray is Professor of Animal Science and Population Health and Reproduction at the University of California at Davis.    

3:30 pm

 

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