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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

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Registration Open 
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Welcoming Remarks: An Introduction to One Health 
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Session: Animal Health & Welfare (Part 1)
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Coffee and Tea Break
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Session: Animal Health & Welfare (Part 2)
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Networking Lunch
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Luncheon Keynote: Fireside Chat with Russ Behnam and James Glueck, Jr.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Session: Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (Part 1)
Sponsored by Intrexon Corporation and Oxitec Ltd.
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Coffee and Tea Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Session: Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (Part 2)
Sponsored by Intrexon Corporation and Oxitec Ltd.
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Panel Discussion: Barriers to Innovation - Risks: Perception and Reality
4:45 PM - 6:00 PM Welcome Reception
Maryland Ballrooms


Thursday, September 22, 2016

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Registration Open 
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Continental Breakfast 
9:30 AM - 11:15 AM Session: Poverty Reduction and Food Security 
Sponsored by Trans Ova Genetics / ViaGen
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Networking Lunch
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Luncheon Keynote: Fireside Chat with John Swart, PhD, and Dave Ayares, PhD
Sponsored by Exemplar Genetics
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Session: Biotech and Biodiversity (Part 1)
Sponsored by Genus plc
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Coffee and Tea Break
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Session: Biotech and Biodiversity (Part 2)
Sponsored by Genus plc
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Panel Discussion: Barriers to Innovation - Regulation and Politics


Friday, September 23, 2016

7:00 AM  Depart for BIO office
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast 
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM Workshop: Using Social Media in Advocacy and Outreach***
Space is limited; RSVP required. Please contact to confirm available space
11:00 AM  Adjournment


*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


Welcoming Remarks


  • 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, PhDVisiting 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.



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 ParryChief 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 

Sponsored by 

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.



Fireside Chat

Sponsored by 



Session: Biotechnology and Biodiversity 

Sponsored by 

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. 



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 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
Workshop Instructors:

  • 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