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8:20 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

  • Yunde Zhao Professor , University of California San Diego

Increasing Plant Transformation & Regeneration Efficiency Utilizing ‘Non-GMO’ Approaches

8:30 am Using CRISPR to Edit ‘Next Tier’ Crops: The Unique Challenges & Opportunities

  • Jack Peart Chief Commercial Officer , Tropic Biosciences


• Exploring the commercial potential of crops including banana and coffee, and the reasoning behind crop selection
• Developing a gene-editing system to address disease resistance in banana
• Understanding and overcoming the challenges associated with working on ‘next-generation’ crops

9:00 am Improving CRISPR/Cas9 Transient Expression from DNA Plasmids Delivered by Carbon Nanotubes


  • Presenting an update on the carbon nanotube technology being used to deliver CRISPR in plants
  • Improving efficiency of CRISPR-Cas expression through improvement of DNA plasmid systems
  • Exploring how plasmids behave in different plants and how to enhance efficiency in different plant types

9:15 am Morning Refreshments & Networking

10:00 am High Efficiency Agrobacterium-Mediated Genome Editing


  • Plant genome editing is limited by current transformation methods an efficiency of DNA delivery
  •  Template based genome editing applications (SDN2 and SDN3) remain highly
    challenging at scale
  • Recent improvements in donor DNA design, combined with advances in plant transformation, provides increase frequency and quality of Agrobacteriummediated SDN3 events

Exploring the Most Agriculturally & Economically Important Traits to Edit

10:30 am Enhancing the Protein Content of Commercial Crops for Human & Animal Nutrition

  • Anthony Kinney Research Director, R&D Trait Discovery Corteva Agriscience


  • The source of most of the protein in the food we eat is ultimately derived from plant seeds, mostly oilseed crops such as soy
  • As the world population increases, and developing countries consume more protein in their diets, worldwide demand for protein is increasing
  • The protein content of the major oilseed crops is declining as agronomic yields are being increased, resulting in less protein produced per hectare
  • Gene editing technologies are enabling the development of high-yielding oilseed crops with increased protein content

11:00 am Lunch & Networking

12:00 pm Virtual Roundtables: Analyzing the Next-Generation of Promising Target Traits: Revolutionizing the Future of Agriculture


Certain traits have the potential to dramatically increase outputs without compromising on environmental impact, so that we can feed and sustain the 10 billion population by 2050. Equally, genome editing of crops has the power to bring higher quality, more nutritional products to consumers. This roundtable will explore some of the next-generation traits that are being targeted and helps understand the unique challenges and opportunities in each.

1:00 pm Afternoon Break & Networking

Understanding the Long Road to CRISPR Crop Commercialization

1:30 pm Understanding the Barriers to Bringing a Commercial Product to Market: Successes & Challenges


  • Discussing the value in bringing CRISPR crops to market – are they being well received?
  • Understanding the relative risks and benefits surrounding regulatory decisions and outcomes
  • Effectively engaging with policy makers and developing consumer-centred programs

2:00 pm Guidelines for Responsible Use of Genome Editing: A Storied Journey of Learning and Application

  • Roxi Beck Director, Consumer Engagement, The Center for Food Integrity


  • Building a framework for responsible genome editing through collaboration and facilitation
  • Discussing past learnings in genome engineered food labeling and understanding how to build effective strategies going forward
  • Highlighting the importance of trust building and bridging the gap between the public and industry

2:30 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

  • Yunde Zhao Professor , University of California San Diego

2:40 pm Close of Conference