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FFA Enrichment Center & The District at Prairie Trail

Ankeny, Iowa

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

3:30 PM

6:00 PM

IBSC Kickoff Networking Event

Location: B-Roll Bowling in Ankeny

VIP Dinner

Invite Only

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

7:00 AM

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

9:10 AM

10:10 AM

10:20 AM

11:20 AM

11:30 AM

12:30 PM

1:10 PM

1:20 PM

2:10 PM

2:20 PM

3:00 PM

3:10 PM

3:40 PM

3:45 PM

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

Networking Coffee

Location: Ankeny Smokey Row Coffee Co.

Sponsored by CRB Group

Registration & Breakfast

Sponsored by Fredrikson Law

Welcome/Opening Remarks

Biotech Showcase Pitch Competition: Part I

Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience

  • Upcycling+
  • N-Sense
  • GW Nutrition Inc.

- 10-Minute Break -

Biotech Showcase Pitch Competition: Part II

Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience

  • Poultry Patrol
  • Harvest Increase Agriculture
  • Zymosense

- 10-Minute Break -


Lunch Sponsored by Ag Startup Engine

Biotech Leader of the Year Award

Sponsored by America's Cultivation Corridor

  • Presented by Billi Hunt, America's Cultivation Corridor

Industry Keynote Fireside Chat

Sponsored by BrownWinick Law Firm

  • Dr. Frances Johnson, Perspective Therapeutics
  • Dr. Anthony Kinney, Corteva (Retired)
  • Moderated by Joe Leo, BrownWinick Law Firm

Breakout Sessions Part I

  • Exemplary Programs in STEM – Sponsored by CAI
    • Rob Owen, Bio Nebraska
    • Sasha Forsen, Bio Nebraska
    • Jared Almandinger, Waukee APEX


  • Alcohol to Jet (ATJ) & Carbon Intensity
    • Kent Hartwig, Gevo inc.

- 10-Minute Break -

Breakout Sessions Part II

  • Food Security = National Security: A Discussion on Biotech & Cybersecurity
    • Dean Neubauer, Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Paul Harrison, United States Department of State
    • Brian McCormac, BrownWinick Law Firm
    • Aaron Warner, ProCircular


- 10-Minute Break -

Breakout Sessions Part III

  • Building a Research Network to Combat Hesitancy in Iowa
    • Elizabeth Faber, Iowa Immunizes
    • Dr. Natoshia Akelson, University of Iowa College of Public Health
    • Dr. Melanie Wellington, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine


  • Sustainability Has Never Been Easier
    • Andrea Vanderhoff, Qore, LLC

- 10-Minute Break -

Legislative Update

Sponsored by Genvax Technologies

- 5-Minute Break -

Policy Address

Sponsored by University of Iowa Research Foundation

  • Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
  • Introduced by Marie Kerbeshian, UIRF

Showcase Winner Announcement

Award Reception

Sponsored by KENT Corporation