Tues October 1 Morning

08.00
Registration & Networking Breakfast
08.55
Welcome Remarks
09.00
Building the Animal Agtech Ecosystem of the Future
  • What do today’s leaders in animal health and nutrition see as the biggest challenges to sustainable growth in the livestock, poultry and aquaculture industries?
  • What innovation is emerging to improve efficiency, sustainability and welfare, and what is on the horizon? What new areas of innovation and disruption will we see over the next 5-10 years?
  • What is the role of livestock in the agriculture ecosystem in terms of nutrition and food security? What is its contribution as a part of an holistic view?
  • Which new technology players are entering the animal agtech space, and how could these market entrants shape the future of the sector?
  • Where are the opportunities for greater collaboration between start-ups and corporates? What collaboration models have proved successful? What innovation strategies are emerging to encourage new solutions?

Session Chair:
Maarten Goossens, Principal, ANTERRA CAPITAL, THE NETHERLANDS

Speakers:
George Heidgerken, Global Head of Livestock, BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM, GERMANY
Preben Sunke, Vice-CEO, DANISH CROWN, DENMARK
Eleanor Riley, Director, THE ROSLIN INSTITUTE, UK
Drees Beekman, SVP Benelux, Africa & Middle East, ZOETIS, BELGIUM
Robert Erhard, Corporate Agriculture – Dairy, NESTLÉ, SWITZERLAND

09.45
Transformation & Innovation in the Global Dairy Industry
  • What could a sustainable dairy industry look like in 2050? What action does the dairy industry need to take to get there, and what challenges must be overcome?
  • How is Arla Foods promoting sustainability throughout its supply chain, and what is the role of technology in achieving its goals?
  • What new solutions are needed from the feed industry to create a more sustainable dairy sector?
  • Where are the greatest opportunities for collaboration within the animal health, nutrition and dairy sectors, and what new partnerships is Arla Foods looking for in this space?

Speaker:
Kristian Eriknauer, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, ARLA FOODS, DENMARK

10.00
The Farmer’s Viewpoint - Innovation and the Future Farm

Two sustainable farmers in sheep and poultry share their views on the current technology landscape, which systems are delivering most value for them, and what is needed to continue to drive efficiency, health and sustainability on the farm and throughout the supply chain.

Speakers:
David Speller, Poultry Farmer, OPTIFARM, UK
Belinda Lay, Sheep Farmer, COOLINDOWN FARM, AUSTRALIA

10.30
Networking Coffee Break

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11.00
Smart Integrated Livestock and Dairy Farming - Bridging the Efficiency Gap for On-Farm Solutions
  • What disruptive innovations are emerging to monitor livestock and offer actionable insights to farmers for herd management, disease detection and nutrition needs?
  • What impact can better data have on animal welfare, disease detection and prevention?
  • With the increasing risk of antimicrobial resistance, how can we monitor animal hygiene, weight, feed and outdoor activity and use this to optimise health and reduce disease?
  • How can data generated from a range of software, machine learning, AI, IoT, robotics and sensors be used to monitor animal health, welfare and potential infection?

Session Chair:
Peter Kristensen, Managing Director, Portfolio Europe, WHEATSHEAF GROUP, UK

Speakers:
SriRaj Kantamneni, Managing Director, Digital Insights, CARGILL, USA
Tom Breunig, VP Global Accounts & Business Development, ALLFLEX LIVESTOCK INTELLIGENCE, USA
Bruce Stewart-Brown, Senior VP of Live Operations and Technology Innovation, PERDUE FOODS, USA
Bethany Deshpande, CEO, SOMADETECT, USA

11.45
Technology Showcase

Four exciting animal agtech entrepreneurs each have seven minutes to pitch their technology solutions and outline their business strategy before taking questions from a panel of ‘Dragons’.

Presenters:
Peter Gesler, Founder & CEO, MOONSYST, HUNGARY
Matthew Rooda, CEO, SWINETECH, USA
Martijn Haarman, Managing Director, SELEGGT, GERMANY
Doug Bairner, CEO, HECTARE AGRITECH, UK

Dragons:
Oliver Boucher, Senior Director, Business Development, ZOETIS, BELGIUM
Nicky Deasy, Managing Partner, THE YIELD LAB, IRELAND

12.30
Networking Lunch Break

Tues October 1 Afternoon

13.30
Driving Collaboration in Animal Agtech – Forging Creative Partnerships

Speakers:
Cees Jan Hollander, Global Farming Expert, DANONE, FRANCE
Yasir Khokhar, CEO, CONNECTERRA, THE NETHERLANDS

13.45
Market Acceptance of New Genetic Technologies in Livestock

• How can gene editing help unlock opportunities for disease resistance, animal welfare, heat tolerance, and productivity in livestock?
• What would it take to drive global market acceptance and commercialization of gene editing technology in terms of regulatory approval and consumer willingness to eat gene edited food?

Speaker:
Ernst van Orsouw, Global Director of Strategic Planning, GENUS PIC, USA/UNITED KINGDOM

14.00
Roundtable Discussions

One of the most interactive sessions of the programme: Each roundtable discussion group is hosted by an industry expert on a specific theme, offering you a valuable opportunity to network, brainstorm solutions and share ideas with your peers on shared areas of interest.

    • 1. Investment: What type of finance is needed to scale tech in the livestock sector? – Host: Kevin Zussman, CULTIVIAN SANDBOX VENTURES
    • 2. Aquaculture: What challenges and opportunities lie within the aquaculture space? – Host: Ohad Maiman, KINGFISH ZEELAND
    • 3. AI & Machine Learning: How will AI transform livestock farming? – Host: SriRaj Kantamneni, CARGILL
    • 4. Consumers: How are consumers driving sustainability on the farm? – Host: Gavin Hodgson, SAINSBURY’S
    • 5. Genetics: What innovation is emerging in breeding and genome editing in livestock animals? – Host: Abe Huisman, HENDRIX GENETICS
    • 6. Antimicrobial Resistance: What challenges are still to be overcome with antimicrobial resistance? – Host: Drees Beekman, ZOETIS
    • 7. Corporate Partnerships: What corporate partnerships are needed to help grow the animal agtech sector? – Host: George Heidgerken, BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM
    • 8. Sustainability: What is the role of technology in achieving sustainability in the livestock sector? – Host: Robert Erhard, NESTLE
    • 9. Farmer Perspectives: What do progressive farmers need from tech and investors? – Host: Cees Jan Hollander, DANONE
    • 10. Robotics & Automation: How can we take automation from pilot to mainstream? – Host: Aart van’t Land, LELY
    • 11. Welfare: How is state-of-the-art technology transforming animal welfare for the livestock industry? – Host: Bruce Stewart-Brown, PERDUE FOODS
    • 12. Alternative Feed: How are alternative feed solutions improving the sustainability of animal farming and the quality of produce? – Host: Benjamin Armenjon, YNSECT
    • 13. Microbiome: What emerging microbial innovations are transforming livestock production? – Host: Charlotte Poulsen, DUPONT
    • 14. DNA Selftoxicity Explained: Novel anti-infectives to enhance animal gut health, based on growth-inhibiting self-DNA fragments – Host: Stefano Mazzoleni, UNINA/AND BIOPHARMA
    • 15. Microbial Fermentation of Gas: Making feed and food production independent of agriculture or fishing. When is it coming and what are the implications? – Host: Neil Goldsmith, UNIBIO
    • 16. Accelerating Research: How can we nurture research in the livestock sector? – Host: Ingeborg de Wolf, WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY & RESEARCH
15.00
Networking Coffee Break
15.30
Enhancing Efficiency, Quality, Safety and Sustainability in Aquaculture through Digital Applications and Alternative Feeds
  • How important is aquaculture in delivering future global protein needs?
  • What challenges and opportunities lie within the aquaculture space that digital innovations can tackle head on? And how do we implement these technologies to enable commercial scalability?
  • What is driving current R&D in feed and feed additives? What’s next on the horizon for sustainable feed and what could be the impact on the industry worldwide?
  • What areas of innovation do investors see as the most pertinent for support, and how are they backing these new technologies in aquaculture?

Session Chair:
Amy Novogratz, Co-Founder, AQUA-SPARK, THE NETHERLANDS

Speakers:
Bryton Shang, Founder and CEO, AQUABYTE, NORWAY
Øistein Thorsen, Director, FAI, A BENCHMARK COMPANY, USA
Alejandro Rojas, COO, AQUABOUNTY TECHNOLOGIES, USA
Maye Walraven, Head of Business Development, INNOVAFEED, FRANCE

16.15
Case Studies – Overcoming Challenges to Technology Adoption in Sustainable Aquaculture Production

Aquaculture producers present their take on how technology can help solve some of the challenges to sustainable aquaculture production, and the best business models and partnerships to achieve successful integration within aquaculture operations.

– Aqua Feed: Delivering sustainability from production through to farm-gate
Speaker:
Vidar Gundersen, Global Sustainability Director, BIOMAR, DENMARK

– Trend-Watch: Are Land-Based Aquaculture Operations the Future?
Speaker:
Ohad Maiman, CEO, KINGFISH ZEELAND, THE NETHERLANDS

16.45
Investor Debate - Bringing Down the Barriers for Start-Ups in the Animal Agtech Sector
  • VCs share insight into taking agtech innovations to full commercial scale – what are the challenges and how can the right type of finance and investment help scale start-ups in the livestock sector?
  • How are Corporate Venture Funds and VCs viewing the opportunities in animal agtech?
  • Where are the crossover learnings between animal agtech and pharma?
  • How can government, industry and academia accelerate funding within the industry?

Session Chair:
Glen Illing, CEO, JBI EQUITY, UK

Speakers:
Peter Kristensen, Portfolio Development Director for Europe, WHEATSHEAF GROUP, UK
Nicky Deasy, Managing Partner, THE YIELD LAB, IRELAND
Amar Singh, Director, CAVALLO VENTURES, USA
Joost Matthijssen, Investment Director, NUTRECO, THE NETHERLANDS
Mark Redshaw, Investment Director, EVONIK VENTURE CAPITAL, GERMANY

17.30
Networking Drinks

Day Two — Weds October 2 Morning

08.55
Welcome Remarks
9.00
Planet of Plenty: Inspiring a Collaborative Mindset & Fostering Ingenuity

Speaker:
Mark Lyons, President & CEO, ALLTECH, USA

09.15
Opportunities for Sustainable Livestock Farming in Europe
  • As global population growth raises demand for livestock-based products, what are the challenges and opportunities for sustainable farming?
  • The livestock sector is of considerable economic importance in Europe – how can we navigate the next decade in light of the rapid growth of trade in meat products?
  • What opportunities are emerging for European livestock producers to become global leaders in high quality, sustainably produced animal products?
  • With the threat of antimicrobial resistance looming, where should the industry focus on innovation be?

Speaker:
Justin Sherrard, Global Animal Protein Strategist, RABOBANK, THE NETHERLANDS

09.30
Digitisation and Data - How can we Harness the Power of Data to Deliver a More Sustainable and Transparent Supply Chain?

As data transforms the entire animal value chain, new digital tools are enhancing transparency into how livestock is produced, satisfying consumers’ and regulators’ demand for more information about the food we eat.

  • How do blockchain and data management play a part in building a transparent supply chain, and what is the value to the producer, processor, retailer and consumer?
  • What collaboration and investment are required to bring these technologies to market and make them cost-effective for farmers?
  • How can the roles of large technology providers and start-ups be coordinated to facilitate the adoption of these technologies?

Session Chair:
Donal Ryan, Investment Director, FINISTERE VENTURES, IRELAND
Speakers:
Gavin Hodgson, Head of Livestock, SAINSBURY’S, UK
Ian Wheal, CEO, BREEDR, UK
Willemien van Asselt, Director, International Relations Strategy, TOPSECTOR AGRIFOOD, THE NETHERLANDS
Louis De Bruin, IBM Blockchain Thought Leader Europe, IBM, THE NETHERLANDS

10.15
Networking Coffee Break
10.45
Identifying the Next Big Horizon for Vaccines, Early Diagnostics and Innovative Treatment Solutions
  • As livestock and dairy producers move away from antibiotics, what trends are emerging in the animal health industry? Where is innovation most needed?
  • What new methods are set to disrupt the animal health industry for disease prevention, detection and treatment?
  • What is the journey of developing a vaccine from a promising concept into a robust, commercially-viable and highly-effective product?
  • How are corporates and start-ups collaborating to bring these solutions to market sooner?

Session Chair:
Thomas Overbay, Managing Partner, COVENANT ANIMAL HEALTH PARTNERS, USA

Speakers:
Jochem Bossenbroek, CEO, BUNYAVAX, THE NETHERLANDS
Erwin Blomsma, CEO & Co-Founder, VIROVET, BELGIUM
Joy Parr Drach, CEO, ADVANCED ANIMAL DIAGNOSTICS, USA

11.30
Technology Showcase

Four exciting animal agtech entrepreneurs each have seven minutes to pitch their technology solutions and outline their business strategy before taking questions from a panel of ‘Dragons’.

Speakers:
Chris Belnap, CEO & Co-Founder, RESILIENT BIOTICS, USA
Padraig Hennessy, CEO & Co-Founder, TERRA NUTRITECH, IRELAND
Matthew Tebeau, COO, PROTEON PHARMACEUTICALS, POLAND
Ezhil Subbian, CEO, STRING BIO, INDIA

Dragons:
Oliver Boucher, Senior Director, Business Development, ZOETIS, BELGIUM
Nicky Deasy, Managing Partner, THE YIELD LAB, IRELAND

12.15
Networking Lunch Break

Day Two — Weds October 2 Afternoon

13.15
The Microbiome and Precision Nutrition - Transforming Innovation in Animal Health
  • How is our increasing understanding of the animal microbiome changing our approach to animal nutrition?
  • What new opportunities is this creating for product innovation that targets specific health risks and improves the outcome for each animal?
  • What are the regulatory concerns? How does this affect product development?
  • Where are the opportunities for start-ups and corporates to collaborate to scale innovation?

Session Chair:
Kevin Zussman, Vice President, CULTIVIAN SANDBOX VENTURES, USA

Speakers:
Susanne Palsten Buchardt, Vice President, Animal Health & Nutrition, NOVOZYMES, DENMARK
Charlotte Poulsen, Senior Staff Scientist, DUPONT INDUSTRIAL BIOSCIENCES, THE NETHERLANDS
Laëtitia Gerbe, Partner for Investments for AVF Fund, SEVENTURE PARTNERS, FRANCE
Mike Seely, CEO, ASCUS BIOSCIENCES, USA

14.00
Case Studies - Achieving Improved Health, Productivity and Produce Quality through Animal Feed Innovation

How are new feed types and formulations preventing disease and improving animal growth and health in today’s livestock and dairy industries? How is the utilization of alternative feed solutions improving both the sustainability of animal farming and the quality of produce?

Speakers:
Benjamin Armenjon, CCO, YNSECT, FRANCE
Øyvind Ihle, Global Marketing & Communications Director, VERAMARIS, THE NETHERLANDS
Henrik Busch-Larsen, CEO, UNIBIO, DENMARK

14.45
Investor Debate - Key Summit Takeaways and Predictions for Animal Agtech in 2020 & Beyond
  • Over the past two days, which stand-out solutions have we seen with the biggest potential to transform the industry? What has caught the attention of our panel of investors?
  • Which areas of animal agtech are ready to “pop”? Where will we see the most deal-flow? And where could we see the highest-value deals?
  • If there is one company to watch over the next 12 months, who will it be?
  • What’s next on the horizon? What might we be talking about at next year’s summit?

Session Chair:
Maarten Goossens, Principal, ANTERRA CAPITAL, The Netherlands

Speakers:
Bor Boer, CEO & Partner, TERRAPROTEIN EQUITY, THE NETHERLANDS
Spencer Swayze, Managing Director, PAINE SCHWARTZ PARTNERS, USA
Thomas Overbay, Managing Partner, COVENANT ANIMAL HEALTH PARTNERS, USA
Kevin Zussman, Vice President, CULTIVIAN SANDBOX VENTURES, USA

15.30
Close of Summit