8.00

Registration & Morning Coffee

8.50

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Brandon Reinbold
Principal Research Scientist
Elanco

Establishing Causality of Microbiome Interactions in Animals & Defining an ‘Average Healthy Animal Gut Microbiome’

Directed discovery and characterization of microbes has been central to identifying key members of animal gut microbiomes. However, most research has focused on understanding the mechanisms of action of well-known microbial strains, and the majority of host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions remain unclear. The purpose of this theme is to showcase new research on animal microbial interdependence, synergy, competition.

9.00

Exploring the Effect of Breeder Hens & Hatcheries in the Colonization & Succession of the Gastrointestinal Microbiota in Avian Species

Xandra Smith
Research Manager
Arm & Hammer Animal
and Food
Production

9.30

Communication & Control of Host Immunity Through the Gut Microbiome of Poultry

Matthew Koci
Associate Professor,
Immunology, Virology
& Host-Pathogen Interactions
NC State

10.00

Host-Microbiome Interactions Influencing Immune Cell Metabolism & Function

Michael Kogut
Lead Scientist/
Research
Microbiologist
USDA-ARS

10.30

Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

11.30

From Sample to Data - Considerations for Designing Microbiome Studies

Malcolm Kendall
CEO
Microbiome Insights

12.00

From Sample to Data - Considerations for Designing Microbiome Studies

Garret Suen
Associate Professor
of Bacteriology
University of
Wisconsin-Madison

Encouraging Antibiotic Stewardship in Animals for Improved Health Outcomes

In striving to enhance growth and prevent infectious disease, there has been a shift away from antibiotic use in livestock feeding and we have become more selective with antibiotic prescription in companion animals. This theme aims to explore the effect of antibiotics on the animal gut microbiome and the options we have in avoiding or reducing antibiotic use in both companion and livestock settings.

12.30

Investigating Antibiotic Resistance Gene Ecology in the Pig & Turkey Microbiome

Tim Johnson
Assistant Professor of
Animal Sciences
Purdue University

13.00

Lunch & Networking

14.00

Building Predictive Models that Explore the Efficacy of
Antibiotic Alternatives & Mitigate the Negative Impact of Antibiotics on the Animal Gut Microbiome

Tim Johnson
Assistant Professor of
Animal Sciences
Purdue University

14.30

Understanding the Nasopharyngeal, Tonsillar & LungMicrobiota of Pre-Weaned Dairy Calves With & Without Bronchopneumonia

Sarah Raabis
DVM DACVIM (LAIM),
Clinical Instructor &
PhD Candidate
University of
Wisconsin-Madison

15.00

Using Microbiome Research as a Platform for Identifying Probiotics as Alternatives to Antibiotics

Arvind Kumar
Leader - Discovery
Biology Research
(Bacteriology &
Parasitology) ERL, Global
Vaccines and Biologics
Elanco

15.30

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

Harnessing -Omics Approaches & Data Analytics to Transform our Understanding of the Animal Microbiome

Access to next generation sequencing and other -omics approaches has revolutionized our knowledge of the animal microbiome. However, challenges remain in the extent of data analysis required to make sense of all the microbiome data available to us. This theme will explore existing and novel data mining tools and how we can translate data into knowledge that can inform product development for enhanced animal health.

16.00

A More Efficient Pig at the Interface Between the Host & its Microbiome

 

Christian Maltecca
Professor of
Quantitative
Genetics & Breeding
North Carolina
State University

16.30

The Data Crunch: Finding Therapeutic Leads in Complex Microbiome Systems

 

Christopher Belnap
CEO
Resilient Biotics

17.00

Comfort Break

Speed Learning: R&D Leaps Forward & Setbacks from Academic & Industry Leaders that are Disrupting the Animal Microbiome Sector

Uncover the story behind leaps & setbacks from those developing and commercializing microbial-based products for animal health in one quick-fire session. Each table will be hosted by an animal health and nutrition leader who will share the secrets of their most high-impact leap in animal microbiome research, product development and commercialization. You then get the opportunity to question the host beforemoving on to your next table.

17.10

Stories to be shared

Seeing the Big Picture Beyond Animal Health: Optimizing Efficiency of Nitrogen & Carbon Metabolism in Ruminants for Improved Environmental Health

Michael Flythe
Research Microbiologist
USDA-ARS

Learnings from Developing & Commercializing Broilact® - a Competitive Exclusion Product (a microbiome product from the 80’s)

Mirja Huhtinen, PhD
Animal Health Development Director
Orion Corporation, Orion Pharma R&D

Radically Rethinking Product Development Strategies at Scale in Microbiome-Targeted Solutions for Animal Health

Michael Kogut
Lead Scientist/Research Microbiologist
USDA-ARS

Building Academic/Industry Partnerships & Setting Expectations to Ensure Achievement of R&D Goals

Tim Johnson
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota

18.20

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

18.30

End of Conference Day One