Programming on September 21 and 22 will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Bethesda Marriott.
Half day programming, held on September 23, will be held at the BIO office (1201 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 900, Washington, DC).
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
*As of 9/6/2016 - Subject to change.
Day 1 - Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Symposiarch: Adrianne Massey, PhD, Managing Director, Science and Regulatory Affairs, BIO
- By Video: U.S. Senator Al Franken, Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL)
- Dana O’Brien, Senior Director, Federal Government Relations, BIO
Keynote Address: An Introduction to One Health
Speaker: Bernadette Dunham, DVM, PhD, Visiting Professor at Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
Session: Animal Health and Welfare
Antimicrobial resistance is inevitable. Narrowing the scope of the problem and slowing the rate of development depends not only upon judicious use of existing antimicrobials, but also development of new options for treating and preventing infectious diseases. The tools of biotechnology provide a wealth of options for expanding the available armamentarium for maintaining animal health and improving animal welfare.
- Matthew Carr, PhD, Executive Director, Algal Biomass Organization
- Alison Van Eenennaam, PhD, Cooperative Extension Specialist Animal Genomics and Biotechnology, University of California, Davis
- Scott Holmstrom, PhD, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs & Global Capabilities, Elanco Animal Health
Fireside Chat: Advice on Working with Congress
- Russ Behnam, Senior Counsel to the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Ranking Member, Senator Debbie Stabenow
- James Glueck, Jr., Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Session: Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
Sponsored by and
More than 60% of infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals. Ebola, Zika and MERS are recent examples of these zoonotic diseases, which are increasing due to land-use changes, urbanization and global migrations. Successful disease control requires rapid diagnosis and the capacity to respond quickly with new therapeutics and vaccines, all of which can be provided by biotechnology.
- Dennis Carroll, PhD, Director, Global Health Security and Development Unit, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
- James Cummings, MD, Senior Director, Clinical Development, Novavax
- Hadyn Parry, Chief Executive Officer, Oxitec
- Eddie Sullivan, PhD, President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc.
Panel Discussion: Barriers to Innovation - Risks: Perception and Reality
Day 2 - Thursday, September 22, 2016
Symposiarch: L. Val Giddings, PhD, Senior Fellow, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Session: Poverty Reduction and Food Security
Animal agriculture is critical to the well-being of resource-poor farmers in developing countries. Not only do animals provide food security and essential dietary protein, they are a source of cash income, fertilizer and drought power. Because climate change will disproportionately impact developing countries, improving agricultural productivity and sustainability of small holder farmers is of paramount importance. Fortunately, biotechnology is unique among advanced agricultural technologies in that many biotech innovations are scale neutral.
- Franck Cesar Jean Berthe, DVM, PhD, Senior Livestock Specialist, The World Bank
- Dave Conley, Director, Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF)
- Mark Walton, PhD,Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs, Yorktown Technologies
Session: Biotechnology and Biodiversity
Advancement of One Health depends on the preservation of biodiversity. Not only does the loss of biodiversity increase infectious disease risks, it also lessens the genetic diversity that serves as an invaluable resource for human and animal health. Biotechnology provides tools for wildlife species conservation, invasive species control and prevention of deforestation.
- Mark Allan, PhD, Director of Genetic Technology, Trans Ova Genetics
- Wayne Hunter, PhD, Research Entomologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Jonathan Lightner, PhD, Chief Research & Development and Scientific Officer, Genus plc.
- Ryan Phelan, Executive Director, Cofounder, Revive & Restore
Panel Discussion: Barriers to Innovation - Regulation and Politics
- Randall Lutter, PhD, Visiting Fellow, Resources for the Future
- Margaret Riley, Professor of Public Health, School of Law, University of Virginia
- Stephen Sundlof, DVM, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality, Kindred Biosciences, Inc.
Day 3 - Friday, September 23, 2016***
**Shuttle buses will transport attendees to the BIO office for a half day workshop.
***Space is limited; RSVP required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm available space
Workshop: Using Social Media in Advocacy and Outreach
Social media has transformed the socio-political landscape, altering forever the nature of public discourse and the tactics and strategies of effective advocacy campaigns. Whether you advocate for science, rational policy, or specific products, the playing field has shifted and the rules have changed. Today, advocacy is rooted in digital technology, and successful advocates rely on social media to effect the change they seek.
Participants in this workshop will learn who is driving the conversations that are impeding industry’s freedom to operate and the realization of public benefits of new technologies, how these opponents influence public opinion, and what you can do to effectively participate in and shape discussions that matter by appropriately introducing facts and your shared values.
When supportive facts begin to influence the public dialog, technology opponents often attack the credibility of the person who is shedding light on the subject. Workshop participants will learn how to use social media to ensure their credibility and reputation are protected and enhanced. Finally, we will provide basic instruction on how to use essential social media tools.
Workshop Moderator: Dan Jenkins, Global Director, Regulatory Affairs, Genus
- Leah Beyer, Manager, Global Corporate Communications, Elanco Animal Health
- Jay Byrne, President, v-Fluence Interactive
- Elizabeth Held, Director Online and Millenial Engagement, White House Writers Group