Global Ag Innovation Showcase Focuses on Solutions & Innovation
ST. LOUIS, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — An international conference focused on innovative ideas and opportunities for agriculture to help solve long-term issues in food production and security, environmental and energy concerns will convene at the third annual Ag Innovation Showcase (www.agshowcase.com), May 23-24 in St. Louis, MO. The venue, the Danforth Plant Science Center (www.danforthcenter.org), is the world’s largest independent plant science research institute, located in the heartland of American agriculture.
Regarded as the leading global event for agribusiness industry leaders, entrepreneurs and investors, the two-day program will feature dialogue and discussion between participants and deal-making across the spectrum of ag-bio, food and nutrition, biofuels, sustainable materials, clean-tech, information technology and animal health.
Innovations in various sectors will be spotlighted through presentations by 16 entrepreneurial companies selected in a global business plan competition focused on technology innovation and market and business vision. The winning companies represent some of the most promising innovations across industry sectors and worldwide geographies.
“This unique event marshals all the key players and essential components to advance leading-edge ideas for innovation in agriculture, from public policy on food security to energy and sustainable development. During its first two years, the Ag Innovation Showcase has already generated long lasting results in showcasing trends and opportunities, technologies and solutions, and spurring new business deals,” said Rohit K. Shukla, CEO of Larta Institute, which presents the event in cooperation with BRDG Park (www.BRDG-Park.com) at the Danforth Plant Science Center.
In addition to Dr. Paulo Rabello de Castro, Chairman of the Board and Principal Partner of the first credit rating agency in Brazil, SR Rating/Duff and Phelps, keynote speakers include Gregory Lucier, Chairman and CEO, Life Technologies Corp., and Jason Pyle, MD, PhD, and CEO, Sapphire Energy, Inc.
Panels representing a “who’s who” of agribusiness executives and innovators in agriculture, life sciences and institutional investors from around the world (see www.agshowcase.com) will address key issues, including an Ag Economic Forum, Strategic Partnerships – From Investment to Acquisition, New Frontiers in Ag Research – Tools to Drive Discovery, and Innovation Clusters – From Concept to Commercialization, as well as a panel spotlighting the successes of previous Ag Showcase presenting companies. (see www.agshowcase.com)
SOURCE BRDG Park