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Funding Agri-Innovation: New Ventures in Food Security and Biorenewables

Activity by Jacqui Colgate   |   added on Jan 31, 2011   |   United Kingdom Official_iyc_logo


Biological and chemical innovations applied to agricultural productivity are investment opportunities for players right along the agri-value chain leading to food, fuel and fibre as well as effect molecules.

SCI HQ, London, UK
22 March 2011
Organised by SCI BioResources and Science & Enterprise Groups

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Biological and chemical innovations applied to agricultural productivity are investment opportunities for players right along the agri-value chain leading to food, fuel and fibre as well as effect molecules. Annual gains in agricultural output globally are currently around only 1% compared to 4% over the two decades to 1980.By 2030 the world will need to produce 50% more food and 50% more energy. Estimates from Berlin's Humboldt University are that by 2017 prices of cereals and oilseeds will be 70 – 110% greater than in 2005.  The need for effective agricultural technologies is vital for food security and the bioeconomy. Signs are appearing that investment and effective implementation will be well rewarded.

This event will:

  • Expose and discuss opportunities for new ventures in production, protection and processing for food, energy and materials
  • Explore means of starting-up and financing new ventures in developing and commercialising technologies in these areas
  • Offer a networking opportunity for new venturing
Who should attend?

All involved in creating value from science and technology in food production and the bioeconomy:  innovators, investors and service providers in agrisciences and agribusiness.








Registration and refreshments


  Chairman's introduction




Theme 1: What are the challenges, opportunities and issues in agri-technologies and markets?



Driving innovation for sustainable land-based production: the need for partnerships
Ian Crute, AHDB

10.40   Challenges, opportunities and issues in developing and funding innovation in biorenewables
Adrian Higson, NNFCC


11.10   Refreshment break


    Theme 2:What are investors looking for in attractive propositions?




  Attracting venture capital for launching and growing new businesses
David Buckeridge, Paine and Partners


12.00   Working with corporate venture capital in agriculture to validate
technology, accelerate growth and reduce risk – a Syngenta view

John Cripps, Syngenta Ventures


12.30   Discussion


12.45   Lunch


13.45   Chairman's introduction


13.50   Riding the funding rollercoaster
Simon Turner, Canopus Management


14.20   Collaborative R&D funding for Agri-Technologies in the UK
Calum Murray, TSB


    Theme 3: Case studies: how have larger and smaller companies and intermediaries approached funding and supporting agri-innovation


14.50   The challenges of funding innovation in a mid-sized multinational agrochemical company
Chris Richards, Arysta LifeScience


15.20   Refreshments


15.50   Oxitec case study: breaking through
Haydn Parry, Oxitec


16.20   Commercialising early stage agbiotechnology from academia: challenges and opportunities
Rupert Osborn, IP Pragmatics


16.50   InCrops' experience of supporting innovation in bioproducts and future potential
John French, InCrops


17.20   Discussion


17.45   Wine mixer


Please click here to download a pdf of the event flyer.


Organising Committee

Dr Alan Baylis, SCI BioResources and Science & Enterprise Groups
Dr David Evans, SCI BioResources Group
Dr David Lawrence, BBSRC Council and Syngenta
Mr Peter Reineck, SCI BioResources and Science & Enterprise Groups


SCI HQ, London, UK
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Delegate Fees

Please note fees include the 5% discount for making an online booking

Earlybird fees - before 15 February
GB£114.00 . . . . . . . SCI Member
GB£35.00 . . . . . . . . SCI Student
GB£143.00 . . . . . . . Non Member
GB£57.00 . . . . . . . . SCI Subsidised Member


Standard fees - after 15 February
GB£137.00 . . . . . . . SCI Member
GB£43.00 . . . . . . . . SCI Student
GB£171.00 . . . . . . . Non Member
GB£68.00 . . . . . . . . SCI Subsidised Member


For more information, please contact:

Conference Team
T: +44 (0)20 7598 1561
F: +44 (0)20 7235 7743

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