Lunch will be provided.
12:00pm – 12:15pm || Food, Health, and Environmental Future Day Opening Remarks
Remarks by USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Greg Ibach
Introduced by Phil Miller, Monsanto
12:15 – 12:45 pm || Food Innovation Keynote
Food, Health, and Environmental Future Day is dedicated to the proposition that biology is showing the way to the future of food and health innovation. Since its premier in November 2016, Food Evolution has contributed to a robust discussion about science, facts, and food. The film focuses on the GMO debate because the filmmakers found it to be emblematic of the public misunderstanding about the science of food and food sustainability. In his keynote, Trace Sheehan will share his experience in making the film and explain how the process influenced his own opinions along the way.
• Trace Sheehan, Writer and Producer, Food Evolution
12:45 – 2:45 pm || Two-Part Food Innovation Dialogue: Cutting-Edge Food, Health, & Environmental Products and Tools…Coming to a Grocery Store Near You(?)
A range of cutting-edge new tools is providing researchers, companies, and investors with new prospects for solving diverse challenges. Part One of the Food Innovation Dialogue looks at the landscape of innovation now and on the horizon, including applications of gene editing in animals and plants, microbes for soil health, and more…
• Tammy Lee, President and CEO, Recombinetics
• Jason Garbell, Senior Director, New Business and Alliance Management, Novozymes
• Brian Gilman, VP, Business Development, Benson Hill Biosystems
We just heard about the new tools that will change the reality of food production and animal health, but we also know that pressures in the grocery and retail sector reverberate up and down the value chain. What do food manufacturers and retailers need? How do consumer preferences impact food companies’ sustainability goals? Part Two of the Food Innovation Dialogue brings the value chain together as we work to answer these and other critical questions that will shape the innovations to come.
Moderated by: Natalie DiNicola, President, DiNicola LLC
• Jane Andrews, Corporate Nutrition Manager, Wegmans
• Doug Cole, Senior Manager of Marketing and Biotech Affairs, Simplot Plant Sciences
3:00 – 4:00 pm || Biotech in Our Backyard: New England’s Booming Food and AgTech Innovation Ecosystem
Featuring companies and speakers from right here in Boston and across New England, this session takes us on a tour through our backyard to showcase the importance of biotech in the region. Hint: it’s not just for human health…
Introductory Special Remarks by Anson Tebbetts, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture
M.C. - Ron Stotish, AquaBounty
• Al Kriz, Bayer LifeHub
• Victor Guzov, Monsanto
• Mark Cooper, Scotts Miracle-Gro
• Joanna Lidback, Vermont Dairy Farmer
4:00 – 5:00 pm || AgTech Investment: Opportunities for Plants, Animals, Microbes, and Beyond…
Following more than $1.5 billion in 2017 funding, the AgTech investment landscape in 2018 exhibits a maturing sector with room to grow. Following our food innovation dialogue and a virtual tour of biotech in New England, our AgTech Investment panel surveys the funding ecosystem that will bring these new tools to market. How are all the new technologies we just heard about going to be commercialized? What are venture capital firms looking for in this environment? Our investor leaders give us an inside look into the AgTech funding ecosystem.
Moderated by Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Head of Media & Research, AgFunder
• Aaron Schacht, Senior Director, Research and Development, Elanco Animal Health
• Colin Steen, Managing Director, Syngenta Ventures
• Roger Wyse, Spruce Capital Partners
5:00 – 5:30 pm || Governors’ Fireside Chat: Growing the Bioeconomy across the U.S.
Tying it all together, we close Food, Health, and Environmental Future Day with leaders’ perspectives on growing the bioeconomy.
• Governor Dennis Daugaard, South Dakota (confirmed)
Session ID: 36188