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2017 Indiana Agbiosciences Innovation Summit – Presented by: Dow AgroSciences and Elanco Animal Health

November 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:30 pm



Join us as we bring together industry leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and investors to discuss the research advancements being made around the world and the courageous leadership that is taking place in Indiana’s agbiosciences industry.

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.

The 2017 Summit will again focus on highlighting stories of innovation from Indiana’s own agbiosciences sector while at the same time exploring the elements needed for our state’s longer-term economic development success in food and agricultural innovation. We invite you to join us for the Indiana AgBiosciences Innovation Summit presented by Dow AgroSciences and Elanco Animal Health where we will bring together over 200 attendees from diverse backgrounds, including the technology, life sciences, food and agriculture sectors as well as representatives from several Indiana and Illinois colleges and universities.



9:00 a.m.

Registration Opens

10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Comments

  • Beth Bechdol, President & CEO, AgriNovus Indiana

10:20 a.m.

The World is Our Agbiosciences Stage

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. NIFA applies an integrated approach to catalyze transformative discoveries, education, and engagement across sector lines to solve societal challenges.

  • Sonny Ramaswamy – Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

11:00 a.m.

PANEL – Agbiosciences R&D Influencing the World

Moderator: David Broecker – Consultant and Entrepreneur

  • Rainer Fischer – Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific and Innovation Officer, Indiana Biosciences Research Institute
  • Tyler Foxworthy – Chief Scientist, DemandJump
  • Aaron Schacht – Vice President of Global Research & Development, Elanco Animal Health
  • Ali Shakouri – Director of Birck Nanotechnology Center and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
  • Monica Sorribas – Program Management Leader, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont

12:00 p.m.


12:20 p.m.

Indiana Humanities presents – Geography is Not Dead – Place Matters!

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Eric Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity.

  • Eric Weiner – Author, The Geography of Genius

1:00 p.m.


1:20 p.m.

Courageous Leadership Critical to Innovation in Food

Innovation is a given in the food and agricultural industries and will be critical to solving one of the biggest challenges facing the world – food security.  What is needed most, however, is courageous leadership from a diverse group of stakeholders and partners – many outside of agriculture even – to ensure a sustainable future.

  • Jeff Simmons – President, Elanco Animal Health

1:45 p.m.

Ice Miller presents – Creating Collisions by Crossing Sector Lines

Moderator: Gerry Dick – Host of Inside INdiana Business

  • Rajan Gajaria – Vice President, Crop Protection Business Platform, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
  • John Lechleiter – Chairman Emeritus, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Victor Mancinelli – Chairman and CEO, CTB, Inc.
  • John McDonald – CEO, ClearObject

2:45 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Fueling Innovation, Attracting Talent, Building Community

To attract the best talent to collaborate, innovate and commercialize new ideas across a spectrum of advanced industries we first must encourage innovation in open environments where collaboration occurs without barriers.

  • Robert Coy – President & CEO, 16 Tech

3:45 p.m.

Entrepreneurs & Investors Colliding with Innovation

A conversation connecting innovators with forward-thinking investment capital players about allocating capital, building partnerships and changing the landscape in the food and agriculture technology sectors.

Moderator: Greg Deason – Senior Vice President and Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Purdue University

  • Chris LaMothe – CEO, Elevate Ventures
  • Johnny Park – CEO and Founder, Spensa Technologies
  • Jim Schultz – Chairman and Founder, Open Prairie
  • Steve Kahn – Founder and CFO, NewLeaf Symbiotics

4:30 p.m.

It’s Time to Tell – Indiana is Ag + Bio + Science

Indiana can lead the way in changing the conversation and perceptions about modern food and agricultural innovation.

  • Governor Eric J. Holcomb

4:45 p.m.

Closing Comments

  • Beth Bechdol, President & CEO, AgriNovus Indiana

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana Farm Bureau present a Networking Reception

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

Presenting Sponsors:

Dow AgroSciences  Elanco



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You will be responsible for your own parking.

JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
White River Ballroom F-J

Onsite self-parking: $37 overnight rate
Valet parking: $42 full date rate with in and out privileges

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November 29, 2017
9:00 am - 6:30 pm


JW Marriott Indianapolis, White River Ballroom
JW Marriott Hotel White River Ballroom 10 S West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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