10th Annual UMCA Agroforestry Symposium

The 10th annual University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry Symposium (Innovation to Entrepreneurship: Fostering a Culture of Research Translation) will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, and Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Bond Life Sciences Center on the MU campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

6:30 p.m. - Introduction

Mark McIntoshVice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Missouri System and  Vice Chancellor for Research, MU

7 p.m. - “The CRISPR Craze: Entrepreneurship Lessons from a Disruptive Technology” 

Rodolphe Barrangou, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University


Thursday, Jan. 31

8 a.m. - Coffee and Registration

8:15 a.m. - Introduction

Michael Gold,  Interim Director, The Center for Agroforestry

8:30 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction of Keynote speaker

Christopher Daubert, Vice Chancellor and Dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

8:45 a.m. - “Universities as Drivers of Economic Growth”

Kelly Sexton,  Associate Vice President for  Research - Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships, University of Michigan

9:30 a.m. -  "Medicinal Plants for a Graceful Skin: Bioprospecting and Natural Products Development”

Namrita Lall,  Professor of Plant Science, University of Pretoria

10 a.m. - "Highlights from UMCA Research Innovations and Enterprise Development"

Chung Ho Lin, Associate Research Professor, Center for Agroforestry, University of Missouri

10:30 a.m. - Coffee break

11 a.m. - “Becoming Elemental Enzymes”

Katie Thompson,  Co-Founder, Elemental Enzymes

11:30 a.m. - Panel Discussion: “Fostering  Translation of Research and Entrepreneurship at MU”

Moderator: Jaya Ghosh, Associate Director of the Coulter Translational Partnership and Adjunct Faculty, Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri

12:30 p.m. - Lunch (Demonstrations and Poster Session in McQuinn Atrium)

2 p.m. - “The Role of an Incubator in Entrepreneurial Development”

Bill Turpin, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development and President,   Missouri Innovation Center, University of Missouri

2:30 p.m. - TBD

3 p.m. - Panel Discussion: “Building Economic Impact from University Research through Effective Industry Partnerships” 

Moderator: Sam Bish, Sr. Licensing and Business Development Associate, Life Sciences and Agriculture, University of Missouri

4 p.m. - Reception, Poster Session and Demonstrations in McQuinn Atrium

5:45 p.m. - Adjourn

Advanced registration is requested and can be completed by clicking here. For more information, please visit The Center for Agroforestry website.

Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Bond Life Sciences Center
Columbia, MO 65211

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Gregory Ormsby Mori

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