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AgTech @ BIO World Congress

Connor McKoy
Connor McKoy
June 27, 2019

In just a little over a week, hundreds of attendees from across the globe will descend on Des Moines, Iowa for the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Agtech. The annual program has zigzagged across the country for more than a decade and this year marks the first time it is being hosted in America’s Heartland.

The world’s largest conference on industrial biotechnology has a legacy of connecting investors, companies and researchers to partner and innovate on the next breakthroughs in industrial biotech. Since its inception, the BIO World Congress has become the premier event for everything that is industrial biotech.

New this year, however, #BIOWC19 will include programming on agtech. From advances in agriculture thanks to gene editing, to alternative proteins, to the investment landscape in food and agriculture, programming on agtech at this year’s event is sure to offer something for anyone working, or investing, in agricultural biotechnology.

Here’s a rundown of AgTech programming at this year’s World Congress:


Back-to-Back Sustainability TED Talks: “Sustainability + Shared Values for our Future”

Natalie DiNicola, Benson Hill Biosystems; Nick Goeser, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance; David Fikes, Food Marketing Institute

Sustainable Solutions Roundtable: Advancing U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Doug Cole, Simplot; Suzy Friedman, Environmental Defense Fund; Nathan Fields, National Corn Growers Association; Natalie DiNicola, Benson Hill Biosystems (moderator)

[PLENARY SESSION] The New Food Revolution

Kim Reynolds, governor of Iowa (opening remarks); Xun Wang, Triton Algae Innovations; James Iademarco, Strategic Avalanche Consulting

Lightning Round: The Future of Food Is…

Greg Ibach, USDA; Sylvia Wulf, AquaBounty; David Fikes, Food Marketing Institute; Kathleen Zelman, WebMD (moderator)

The Global Sustainable Innovations Market Dilemma

Darci Vetter, Edelman; Maria Zieba, National Pork Producers Council; Phil Miller, Bayer Crop Science; Jim Stitzlein, U.S. Grains Council; Jeff Nawn, North Hill Group (moderator)


Back-to-Back Gene Editing TED Talks: “Gene Editing in Agriculture – What Can it Do and What Will it take?”

Neal Gutterson, Corteva Agriscience; Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

Commercializing Alternative Proteins

Brian Spears, New Age Meats; Phaedra Randolph, Spero Foods; Martha Marrapese, Wiley Rein LLP; Jeremiah Fasano, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Stephen Ostroff, S Ostroff Consulting

Gene Editing Roundtable: “How Do We Get This Right?”

Carmen Bain, Iowa State University; Barb Glenn, NASDA; Cassie Edgar, Tropic Bioscience; Betsey Freese, Successful Farming; Dana O’Brien, BIO (moderator)

To view all programming at the 2019 BIO World Congress, click here.

And don’t forget, there is still time to register for the event!