2015 Indiana AgBiosciences Innovation Summit



AgriNovus Indiana
JW Marriott Hotel - White River Ballroom, 10 S West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Thursday, December 10, 2015, 1:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Finding solutions to feed 9 billion people by the year 2050 is one of the biggest challenges facing our society today.  To produce more food with fewer resources, the AgBiosciences industry will use innovation to improve crop yields, reduce food waste and protect our planet.

Indiana is an undeniable leader in AgBiosciences innovation with diverse agricultural production, creative entrepreneurs, cutting-edge research and intellectual property, and a global mindset.  From Evansville to Albion, from Terre Haute to Milford and in Lafayette and Indianapolis, there are innovators creating new products and services that will help solve the global challenges.  They also make significant contributions to Indiana’s economy.

We invite you to join us for the inaugural Indiana AgBiosciences Innovation Summit where we will bring together industry leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and investors to discuss accelerating innovation and attracting investment in the Indiana AgBiosciences industry.


1:00 p.m. – Opening Comments
Beth Bechdol, AgriNovus Indiana

1:15 p.m. – “We Are Innovators” – Profiles of Indiana Agbioscience Leaders
Moderator – Jay Akridge, Dean, Purdue University College of Agriculture
Gary Corbett, Fair Oaks
Jay Hulbert, Ag Alumni Seed
Mike Lemmon, Whiteshire Hamroc
Gary Morris, Clabber Girl – INVITED

2:15 p.m. – The Entrepreneur’s Journey – Lessons Learned from Entrepreneurs in the Agbiosciences
Moderator – Mike Langellier, TechPoint
Chris Baggott, Cluster Truck and Farmersmarket.com – INVITED
Greg Deason, Purdue University Foundry
Johnny Park, Spensa Technologies
Sherry Ziobro, Tissue Source

3:00 p.m. – BREAK

3:15 p.m. – Investing in the Agbiosciences – Who? What? Where? and Why?
Ron Meeusen, Cultivian Ventures
Ed Torres, Lilly Ventures
Steven Webb, Dow AgroSciences

4:00 p.m. – Closing Keynote Session
Introduction by Ted McKinney, Director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture
Julie Borlaug, Assistant Director of Partnerships for the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture – INVITED

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Networking Reception 

Valet and self-parking are available at the JW Marriott Hotel entering off of West or Washington Streets.