May 23-24, 2018
St. Louis, MO

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Amy Biddle
Assistant Professor
University of Delaware

Dr Amy Biddle’s research focuses on the equine gut microbiome in health and disease.  The Biddle Lab launched the Equine Microbiome Project in 2015, the first large-scale survey of the equine gut microbiome. As a growing collection of gut microbe and horse health data, the EMP database is being used to identify patterns between the equine microbiome and factors such as age, diet, exercise, and metabolic state. Related projects in the Biddle Lab include in vitro assessment of equine gut community structure and function in response to various perturbations. Other research in her lab involves understanding taxa differences in cyathostomin parasite taxa related to dewormer resistance.

Day Two

Thursday May 24, 2018

13.30 | The Equine Microbiome Project: Building a Long Term Future to Study Equine Health

Christopher Belnap
CEO
Resilient Biotics

Day Two

Thursday May 24, 2018

10.00 | Panel Discussion: Product Development & Registration of Live Bio Therapeutics in Animal Health

09.30 | Novel Therapeutic Discovery in Animal Health

Joseph Petrosino
CSO
Diversigen

Dr. Petrosino is an Associate Professor of Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) where he is also the director of the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research.  In partnership with BCM Technologies, Dr. Petrosino founded Diversigen Inc., which provides commercially targeted microbiome sequencing and analysis, along with other specialized services, to the clinical and animal health sectors.

Day One

Wednesday May 23, 2018

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Holly Ganz
CEO
AnimalBiome

Holly is a microbial ecologist with a BS from George Washington University, a MS from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a PhD from UC Davis. She was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley. Prior to creating AnimalBiome, she studied microbes in dogs and cats at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the UC Davis Genome Center.

Day Two

Thursday May 24, 2018

13.00 | Mining Microbiome Data to Create Better Diagnostics to Identify and Manage Chronic Health Conditions in Companion Animals

Janet Donaldson
Associate Professor and Department Chair
University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Donaldson is an associate professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her work is focused upon determining novel methods to improve survival of a host against food-borne pathogens.

Day One

Wednesday May 23, 2018

15.30 | Probiotics as Alternatives for Antimicrobials and Improving Energy Availability

Jeff Brockman
Principal Scientist
Hills Pet Nutrition

As the principal scientist in genomic technology at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Jeff has over twenty years of post-doctoral, technical, and management experience in the biotechnology and animal health industries, specializing in genomics. Jeff has a broad background in developing genomic and genetic programs to identify biomarkers of disease, disease risk and therapeutic efficacy, the identification of biological targets for therapeutic intervention, and the analysis and interpretation of genomic and genetic studies.

Day One

Wednesday May 23, 2018

16.00 | Host-Microbiome Interactions: Influencing the Function of the Dog Microbiome Through Nutiriton to Impact Health and Behaviour

Jeffrey Watts
Research Director - External Innovation
Anti Infectives, Zoetis

As Research Director of External Innovation at Zoetis, Jeffrey’s primary responsibilities include the identification of novel substrate through collaboration with external institutions that will support the development of novel, veterinary spectrum specific agents. Prior to his work at Zoetis, Jeffrey worked at Pfizer Animal Health for over 10 years in helping the discovery of novel pharmaceuticals.

Day One

Wednesday May 23, 2018

09.00 | Advancing Microbiome Based Leads Into and Through the Pipeline

John Gregg
CEO
BalinBac Therapeutics

John Gregg leads  BalinBac Therapeutics, "The Microbiome Optimization Company", a biopharmaceutical organization that will transform the treatment of gastro-intestinal conditions in humans and livestock animals. Responsible for corporate vision, strategy, & execution of projects that will revolutionize weight control in people and livestock animals as well as innovatively advancing the treatment of debilitating and deadly GI / infectious diseases.

Day Two

Thursday May 24, 2018

11.00 | A History of Regulating Animal Health Products: Adapting Effectively for the Microbiome

Megan Lyman
IP, Regulatory and Product Development
AgTech Acclerator

Megan Lyman is IP/Regulatory Counsel at AgTech Accelerator in RTP, North Carolina.  She provides diligence in scouting new companies across technologies in agriculture, as well providing IP and regulatory strategy and implementation to AgTech’s portfolio companies. Starting her legal career at Jones Day, Ms. Lyman practiced in IP litigation and prosecution before opening her own practice in North Carolina.  With a focus in the life sciences, Ms. Lyman assisted scientists and businesses alike in the creation and implementation comprehensive IP and regulatory strategies.  Her clients were guided from the initial stages of patent landscaping and freedom to operate, to patent prosecution, through Inter Partes Review, licensing, and general counsel needs.

Day Two

Thursday May 24, 2018

11.30 | How to Harness Novel Microbiome Opportunities and Build a Robust IP Strategy

Megan Niederwerder
Assistant Professor
Kansas State University

Dr. Megan Niederwerder is an Assistant Professor at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology.  She received her DVM from Kansas State University and after 3 years as a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Niederwerder returned to Kansas State where she completed a PhD in viral diseases of swine.  Dr. Niederwerder’s research is focused on understanding how the microbiome plays a role in outcome following viral infection in pigs and how feed plays a role in the introduction and transmission of viral diseases.  She was selected as a finalist for the 2016 AVMA Young Investigator Award for her research.  Dr. Niederwerder serves as the course coordinator for Veterinary Virology and enjoys teaching the second year veterinary students about viral diseases.

Day One

Wednesday May 23, 2018

12.30 | Role of the Microbiome in Swine Respiratory Disease

Michael Kogut
Lead Scientist/Research Microbiologist
USDA-ARS

Dr. Kogut has been an active and productive researcher for over 30 years, the last 24 of which have been with the USDA-ARS.  He is currently a Research Microbiologist and Lead Scientist of the project plan entitled “A Systems Biology Approach to Understanding the Salmonella-host Interactome in Poultry and Swine” managed within the Food and Feed Safety Research Unit at the Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, College Station, Texas.  As Lead Scientist, Dr. Kogut coordinates scientific activities of participating scientists; evaluates and recommends changes to the project; prepares annual reports; provides technical information and consultation pertaining to assigned projects, both internal and external to ARS.

Day One

Wednesday May 23, 2018

12.00 | Manipulation of the Microbiome to Modulate Immunity

Mike Seely
CEO
Acus Biosciences

Mike Seely has spent over 10 years helping start/launch, drive business development strategy, setup product marketing, and distribution, and/or establish and maintain support operations with a number of deep science platform companies.

Day One

Wednesday May 23, 2018

10.00 | The Next Wave of Innovation in Animal Health

Rodrigo Bicalho
Chief Scientific Officer & Associate Professor
Bactana & Cornell University

In addition to being a professor at the Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Bicalho is one of the worlds leading experts on dairy cattle health and is frequently called upon to advise some of the largest and most progressive dairy farms in the world. Dr. Bicalho received his Ph.D. from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and joined the faculty in 2008 and has published over 70 scientific articles related to cattle health, microbiology, and infectious diseases. Dr. Bicalho and his team at Cornell University are the innovators that made the scientific discoveries that are the foundation of Bactana’s flagship product.

Day One

Wednesday May 23, 2018

09.30 | The Bovine Microbiome; Reviewing the Existing Data and Exploring New Opportunities

Day Two

Thursday May 24, 2018

10.00 | Panel Discussion: Product Development & Registration of Live Bio Therapeutics in Animal Health

Nathan Mcnulty
Vice President of Research
Matatu

Day Two

Thursday May 24, 2018

10.00 | Panel Discussion: Product Development & Registration of Live Bio Therapeutics in Animal Health

Steve Bartle
Director of Livestock Research
BalinBac Therapeutics

Dr. Bartle is retired Research Director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University.   Dr. Bartle’s training is in ruminant nutrition with an emphasis on beef cattle.  His career started with 10 years as a research scientist at Texas Tech University.  This was followed by 18 years in the feed industry in product research and development, and technical sales.  Dr. Bartle returned to academia for 4 years at KSU.  He is author or co-author of 50 peer-reviewed publications and numerous technical reports.

Day One

Wednesday May 23, 2018

11.30 | Studying the Microbiome in Relation to Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management

Tim Johnson
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota

Dr. Tim Johnson is a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Minnesota. He received his PhD in Molecular Pathogenesis from North Dakota State University in 2004, followed by postdoctoral studies at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Johnson joined the University of Minnesota's Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in 2007. He has since developed an internationally-recognized research and outreach program focused on the genetic mechanisms enabling the spread of antibiotic resistance in Enterobacteriaceae. In tandem, his work focuses on the identification of antibiotic alternatives that manipulate the animal microbiome allowing for enhanced growth and reduced disease. Dr. Johnson has been working towards defining the baseline gut and respiratory microbiomes in chickens and turkeys, finding bacteria that correlate with enhanced performance, and developing alternative-to-antibiotic strategies using this knowledge. Tim also currently serves as Director of Research and Development at the Mid-Central Research and Outreach Center's Poultry Research Laboratory in Willmar, MN.

Day One

Wednesday May 23, 2018

15.00 | Microbiome-Based Approaches for Probiotic Development in Poultry Production

Todd Callaway
Assistant Professor
University of Georgia

Dr. Todd Callaway is a member of the faculty of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science at the University of Georgia.  Todd is a ruminant microbiologist who grew up on a small horse, dairy, and beef farm and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Georgia in Animal and Dairy Science in 1993 and 1996, respectively.  He then went on to receive his Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from Cornell University in 1999.  Dr. Callaway’s research in graduate school focused on how the bacteria in the rumen of cattle could adapt and become resistant to ionophores, and how ionophore usage could be enhanced or replaced using non-antibiotic approaches.

Day One

Wednesday May 23, 2018

14.30 | Probiotics, the Microbiome, and a Functional Approach to Future Applications to Improve Food Safety, Animal Health, and Productivity