Biotech Roundtable: Genetic Editing in Ag Biotech

The seventh annual Biotech Roundtable, held in conjunction with the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Annual Board Meeting, will be hosted this year by the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. This meeting will highlight opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, both scientifically and legally, for innovation in agricultural biotechnology when using genetic editing tools, such as CRISPR, TALENs and ODM. 

The morning session will host scientists as they discuss the latest innovations and challenges found in funding, staffing and other related issues that arise in the launch of products using an innovative technology. Following the lunchtime keynote, legal counsel will report on the latest twists in global regulatory approaches, Syngenta's pending class action suit regarding the U.S. disruption of corn exports to China, and the patentability and litigation over ownership of genetic editing tools. 

5.75 North Carolina CLE credits for attending attorneys.


Registration (8 - 8:30 a.m.)

Networking and Coffee

Morning Session (8:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.)

  • Welcome
    Paul Ulanch, Ph.D., executive director, Crop Commercialization Program, NCBiotech
  • The Genome Editing Revolution: CRISPR Technology, Applications and Opportunities (video)
    Rodolphe Barangou, Ph.D., associate professor, food science, NC State University
  • Industry Utilization, Waxy Corn and More (slide deck)
    Wendy Srnic, Ph.D., research director, maize product development, DuPont Pioneer
  • Seeds Stewardship Programs and Relevance to Gene Editing (slide deck)
    Santosh Kumar, M.S., global stewardship manager, Bayer

Break (30 minutes)

  • SU Canola: Commercial Acceptance of Genome Editing (article)
    David Songstad, Ph.D., director, research/cell biology, Cibus
  • Regulatory Oversight and Consumer Acceptance for Gene-Edited Crops
    Greg Jaffe, JD, director, biotechnology, Center for Science in the Public Interest
    Email to request deck.
  • IP Lessons Learned: Cellectis vs. Precision and other stories (panel)(no slide deck)
    • Tom Redick, JD, attorney, Global Environmental Ethics Counsel (Moderator)
    • Logan Buck, Ph.D., associate, Womble Carlyle
    • Rachel Herder, Ph.D., JD, assistant professor clinical law, Penn State University
    • Carin Miller, Ph.D, JD, associate, Thomas Horstemeyer

Lunch Session (12:10-1:15 p.m.)

  • Transforming Agriculture Through Technological Advancements (Keynote) (slide deck)
    John Reich, Ph.D., scientific program director, Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research

Afternoon Session (1:30 - 5:05 p.m.)

  • Transactional Pitfalls - Global Trade Lessons(slide deck)
    John Therien, JD, partner, Smith Anderson
  • Global Trade - Lessons Learned from Syngenta Litigation (slide deck)
    Tom Redick, JD
  • Genetic Modification Labeling Laws (slide deck)
    Gary Marchant, Ph.D., JD, Regents' Professor of Law, Arizona State University

Break (30 minutes)

  • Revisiting the Product vs. Process Debate (slide deck)
    Fred Gould, Ph.D., co-director, Genetic Engineering and Society Center, N.C. State University
  • Regulatory Considerations (Panel)
    • Tom Redick, JD (moderator)
    • Michael Firko, Ph.D., APHIS deputy administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture (slide deck)
    • Keith Matthews, JD, counsel, Wiley Rein (slide deck)
    • Lisa Zannoni, R.Ph., global head, regulatory and stewardship, Syngenta Crop Protection (slide deck)
  • Closing Remarks
    Tom Redick, JD

Networking Reception (5:05 - 6:30 p.m.)

Sponsored by Wyrick Robbins


Online registration is now closed. See a list of attendees.



15 TW Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

$250 General Admission (N/C for CAST Board Members)
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