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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

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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.

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

To book a place, please scroll down to the bottom of this page (Book me on event)

Synopsis

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.

Programme

 

 

 

 

09.30

 

Registration and refreshments

10.00

  Chairman's introduction

 

 

 

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

10.10

 

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?

 

11.30

 

  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

Location

SCI HQ, London, UK
Please click here for a location map.
 

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
E: conferences@soci.org


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