Animal Health & Nutrition Intellectual Exchange Group

The Animal Health and Nutrition Intellectual Exchange Group (AH&N IEG) is a group with representation from industry, academia, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.  Its mission involves providing a forum for professionals (academics and industry) working in the Animal Health and Nutrition space to discuss topics of relevance and network with each other to build relationships. It will also act as a forum to identify technologies that will be spun out from universities; a forum for company executives to develop peer-level relationships and company collaborations. It aims to become the core of a future cluster in RTP around Animal Health and Nutrition.


August 17, 2021

"Can Algae and Insects Really Improve Farm Productivity?"

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Xingen Lei - Professor of Molecular Nutrition in the Department of Animal Science, Cornell University

Dr. Liz Koutsos - CEO, EnviroFlight


November 16, 2021

"Precision Animal Farming / Precision Technologies for Animal Health ”

Featured Speakers:

Wade King, Ph.D. - Vice President for Livestock Identification Sales, Datamars

"Precision farming of cattle is a reality, really."

Joshua M. Peschel, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor and Black & Veatch Faculty Fellow, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University

"Visual Precision Livestock Farming: Applications and Future Directions"


February 15, 2022

"Developing and Using Biomarkers for Improved Animal Health and Nutrition"

Featured Speakers:

Matthew Koci, Ph.D. - Professor — Immunology, Virology and Host-Pathogen Interactions, NCSU

"Biomarkers in animal heath: As close as we're going to get to Dr. Dolittle"

Tom Frost, Ph.D. - Director Verax Markets – Precision Animal Services, DSM Nutritional Products LLC

"Blood Biomarkers: Data-driven optimization of nutrition, bird health, welfare, performance & environmental footprint"


May 24, 2022

“Treating Canine Lymphoma - Breakthrough Therapies for both Pet and Pet Family Members"

Featured Speakers:

Paul R Hess, DVM Ph.D. Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM, O) - Associate Professor, Oncology & Immunology

"Practical immunotherapy for canine lymphomas: Why? How? When?"

Dr. Wesley A. Wierson Ph.D. - Founder and CEO of LEAH Labs

"Engineering a better future for pets (and their humans)"


Membership Guidelines

Faculty, students, postdocs, and industry members with an interest in animal health and nutrition are welcome.

Meeting Format

A similar meeting format as previous years will be maintained in the 2021-2022 season, with the addition of an option to attend the forums virtually. Each event will host multiple speakers centered around the event theme and allow time for networking among in-person attendees.

Most events run from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. at NCBiotech, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required for all seminars, which is free for most events.

Request information about monthly meetings and vendor sponsorship packages.

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