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2018 Indiana Agbioscience Innovation Summit

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JW Marriott Indianapolis

10 South West Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204

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AG + BIO + SCIENCE: Convergence in Indiana

Join us in an engaging discussion as we bring together over 400 industry and business leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and investors at the 2018 Indiana Agbioscience Innovation Summit. This year’s program will focus on food and ag tech investment, the start-up journey, industry convergence and opportunities for continued Indiana leadership. #AgSummit18

Early Bird Pricing (Now - Oct. 21) - $69
Oct. 22 - Onsite Registration - $99

The 2018 Indiana Agbioscience Innovation Summit will feature:

  • Thought-provoking sessions from investor, tech, and agbioscience leaders from Indiana and beyond
  • Four engaging panels, including rising agbioscience entrepreneurs, leading agbioscience companies, global investors and innovators
  • A talk about Food Evolution from the film’s Academy Award®-nominated director
  • A cocktail networking reception


—— 8:00 a.m.

  • Registration Table Opens
  • White River Ballroom

—— 9:00 a.m.

  • Welcome and Opening Comments
  • Beth Bechdol | President + CEO, AgriNovus Indiana

—— 9:15 a.m.

  • Investing in Tomorrow’s Food and Agriculture
  • Aaron Rudberg | Managing Director, S2G Ventures

—— 9:45 a.m.

  • Lessons from a Seasoned Entrepreneur
  • Scott Dorsey | Managing Partner, High Alpha
  • Introduced by: Mitch Frazier | CEO, Reynolds Farm Equipment

—— 10:05 a.m.

  • The Agbioscience Rising Stars: A Discussion with a Legend
  • Moderator Scott Dorsey talks ingenuity, business smarts, and grit with some up-and-coming agbioscience executives.
  • Ellie Symes | CEO, The Bee Corp
  • Scott Massey | CEO, Heliponix
  • Vijay Harrell | CEO, TradeLanes
    Andrew Uden | Co-Founder of Quantified Ag, Co-Founder, and President of AgVision International

—— 10:50 a.m.


—— 11:10 a.m.

  • Science and Technology Meets Food and the Consumer
  • Science and technology have always been inextricably linked to our food and agricultural system and its products. Yet, today, more than ever, there seems to be a growing movement to disconnect them.
  • Moderator: Jayson Lusk | Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
  • Robert Colangelo | Founding Farmer and CEO, Green Sense Farms
  • Sonia Nofziger Dasgupta | Vice President Commercial Strategy, EnviroKure
  • Sue McCloskey | Co-Founder, fairlife
  • Bob Krouse | President, Midwest Poultry Services

—— 12:00 p.m.


—— 12:20 p.m.

  • Science: “Used and Abused” in the World of Food – Food Evolution
  • “Food Evolution explores all the ways science has been used and abused in public discourse surrounding the genetic engineering of food. In a world of misinformation and disinformation, nothing can be more timely.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Scott Hamilton Kennedy | Director + Producer + Writer, Food Evolution

—— 1:00 p.m.


—— 1:20 p.m.

  • The Global Reach of Indiana’s Agbiosciences
  • Jim Collins | Chief Executive Officer, Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont

—— 1:45 p.m.

  • Converging Sectors Create Unique Solutions
  • Moderator: David Johnson | CEO, Central IN Corporate Partnership
  • – Wayne Eckerle | Head of Research and Technology, Cummins Inc.
  • Jack Phillips | President + CEO, Roche Diagnostics North America
  • Aaron Schacht | Executive Vice President of Innovation, Regulatory & Business Development, Elanco
  • Dr. Sue Ellspermann| President, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Jim Collins | CEO, Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont

—— 2:45 p.m.


—— 3:15 p.m.

  • Investing AND Making a Difference in the World
  • David Rubenstein | Co-founder + Co-executive chairman, The Carlyle Group

—— 3:40 p.m.

  • A Thought Leaders Conversation: Why the Agbiosciences Matter to All of Us
  • Bloomberg interviewer David Rubenstein talks big global challenges, cutting-edge research and 21st-century talent priorities with two agbioscience leaders.
  • Beth Ford | CEO, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
  • Dr. Gebisa Ejeta | Director, Purdue Center for Global Food Security + World Food Prize Winner (2009)

—— 4:20 p.m.

  • It IS Happening Here… Seriously.
  • Indiana has a global reputation in pooling localized civic, educational and industry resources to make the region the gold standard in collaboration.
  • Joseph Parilla | Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

—— 4:50 p.m.

  • Closing Comments

—— 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

  • Networking Reception
  • Guests are invited to stay for a cocktail and networking reception following the conference.

**Please note that onsite registration and check-in will start at 7:00 a.m.**

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