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FFA Enrichment Center & The District at Prairie Trail

Ankeny, Iowa

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

3:30 PM

6:00 PM

VIP Dinner (Invitation Only) @ The District Venue

Sponsored by BioConnect Iowa

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

7:00 AM

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

9:10 AM

10:20 AM

11:30 AM

12:30 PM

1:20 PM

2:20 PM

3:10 PM

3:45 PM

4:15 PM

4:30 PM

6:00 PM

Registration & Breakfast

Sponsored by Fredrikson

Welcome/Opening Remarks

Biotech Showcase Pitch Competition: Part I

Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience

Biotech Showcase Pitch Competition: Part II

Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience

Lunch & Industry Keynote Presentation

Sponsored by BrownWinick

Lunch Sponsored by Ag Startup Engine

Breakout Sessions

  • Presentation: Alcohol to Jet (ATJ) & Carbon Intensity
    • Kent Hartwig, Gevo, Inc.


Breakout Sessions

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

Breakout Sessions

  • Presentation: Sustainability Has Never Been Easier
    • Andrea Vanderhoff, Qore, LLC
  • Presentation: Building a Research Network to Combat Vaccine 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

Legislative Update Panel

Sponsored by Genvax

Policy Keynote

Biotech Leader of the Year Award Announcement

Reception – Showcase Winner Announced

Sponsored by KENT Corporation