*All Times Eastern Daylight Time*

9:00 am Registration & Morning Refreshments

9:20 am Chairperson Opening Remarks

9:30 am Panel Discussion: A Strategic View to Harnessing the Animal Microbiome

  • Arvind Kumar Research Advisor, Global Vaccine & Biologics, Elanco
  • Leon Marchal Innovation Director , DuPont Nutrition & Bioscience

Synopsis

Topics to be discussed:
• What are the leading candidates for the replacements of antibiotics?
• Where are we likely to see the most progress made?
• What are the challenges we are likely to encounter as the field progresses?

Exploring the Discovery & Application of Probiotics to Improve Gut Health & Productivity

10:00 am Systems Biology Approach to Microbiome Discovery & Probiotic Development

Synopsis

• Metabolic modelling of gut microbiome dynamics
• Discovery of novel microbiome targets for increased feed efficiency
• In-feed probiotics to prevent disease and enhance performance

10:30 am Discussing The Role Probiotics Play in Nutribiosis

  • Leon Marchal Innovation Director , DuPont Nutrition & Bioscience

Synopsis

• Discussing the interaction between nutrition, microbiome and gut and immune function
• Explaining how probiotics can be used to improve gut function

11:00 am Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

Delving Into How New & Existing Prebiotics & Postbiotics Can Be Harnessed to Improve Animal Health & Nutrition

12:00 pm Driving Microbiome Nutritional Technologies Into New Spaces: Implications for Pet Health Apart From the Gut

Synopsis

• We are beginning to understand how nutrition can influence a pet’s microbiome to impact pet health
• The nutrition provided for the gut microbiome affects more than just gut health
• Nutritional technologies which work through the gut microbiome can improve biological markers of both kidney and brain health

12:30 pm Modulating Microbial Diversity – Opportunities for Health & Wellbeing

Synopsis

• The diversity within the microbiome plays a critical role in gut health and can prevent the growth of pathogenic strains of bacteria such as Salmonella, Campylobacter and Escherichia amongst others
• Increases in microbial diversity are well documented as being associated with an increased resistance to pathogen colonisation
• Nutritional intervention strategies to influence the microfloral diversity can have beneficial impacts on not just pathogen colonisation of the gut but can also positively influence the pathophysiological effects associated with pathogen overburden

1:00 pm Understanding Microbiome Therapies, a New Approach to Solving Dysbiosis-Related Challenges as an Alternative to Antibiotic Treatment

Synopsis

•Proteobiotics contain targeted groups of biopeptides that have the ability to disrupt quorum sensing and virulence gene expression of pathogens such as E.coli and Clostridium perfringens
• In-water administration of proteobiotics to broilers challenged on Clostridium perfringens showed a significant reduction in necroticrelated mortality from 24.7% to 13.5%
• In-water administration of proteobiotics to piglets challenged with E. coli during post-weaning period showed 100% reduction in mortality to the same level as the antibiotic treatment

1:30 pm Lunch

2:30 pm Utilizing Butyrate to Establish a Healthy Gut

Synopsis

• Butyrate positively modulates multiple functions of gut cells including gene expression, cell differentiation, tissue development, immune modulation, oxidative stress reduction and diarrhea control
• Butyrates are increasingly being used to mitigate the disease challenges being faced with the phasing out of antibiotics in livestock operations

Utilizing Genomics Technologies & AI to Improve Our Understanding of the Microbiome

3:00 pm The Long & Short of Microbiome Sequencing

Synopsis

• Loop Genomics long read products for Microbiome sequencing enable diversity characterization with unparalleled accuracy and resolution
• Long read Transcriptomics enable, for the first time, a quantitative view into the gene expression of full length transcripts

3:15 pm Leveraging Machine Learning & Genomics to Discover Microbial Products

Synopsis

• AgBiome has an expanding collection of 80,000 microbes from 20,000 environments with full genome sequences, as well as numerous assays to evaluate strain performance for product characteristics
• Comparative genomics tools and machine learning (ML) algorithms are at the heart of our technology platform
• I will give an overview of our technology platform and describe a few case studies that exemplify the power of genomics and ML to discover microbial product candidates

Bringing the End User to the Conversation: What Product Innovation Do They Want to See?

3:35 pm Fireside Chat: Bringing the End User to the Conversation: What Product Innovation Do They Want to See?

Synopsis

• How do they look at the microbiome space?
• What innovation are end users expecting hoping to see?

4:05 pm Afternoon Refreshments & Poster Session

Delving Into Early Life Influences on the Microbiota

4:30 pm Effect of Hatchery on Early Colonizing Gastrointestinal Bacteria in Broiler Production

  • Xandra Smith Manager, Microbial Ecology & Genetics , Arm & Hammer

Synopsis

• Microbiota influences the health and production efficiency of poultry, but has found t be highly variable within and between broiler and turkey flocks
• Previous results have shown that microbiota acquired by day-old chicks and poults is mainly influenced by environmental factors at the hatchery
• The objective of this study is to correlate the microbiota from different hatcheries with performance parameters of the broiler flocks

Navigating the Regulatory & Claim Substantiation Landscape of Animal Feed & Therapeutic Products

5:00 pm An Update on the Current Regulatory Landscape

Synopsis

• Provide an insight into the stated Intended use which will drive the regulatory category (Drug, Feed Ingredient, or Biologic) with similar study requirements
• Discuss what claims can be made within each of the regulatory categories

5:30 pm Panel Discussion: All About the Regs

Synopsis

• Developing a better understanding of what pathway to take
• Cost-benefit analysis: Therapeutic or Feed?
• Are the expectations for what you can get out of a microbe or enzyme realistic?

6:00 pm Speed Learning Session

Synopsis

This session will facilitate in-depth discussion amongst participants in more of an interactive setting. After
splitting into groups, participants will have the opportunity to discuss some of the challenges associated with
the formulation and manufacturing of products that target the animal microbiome as well as looking into what
lessons can be learnt from human microbiome studies.
1. Exploring Novel Formulation & Encapsulation Methods For Animal Feed Products
2. Manufacturing Microbial Based Products
3. How Can Information Be Levered From Human Microbiome Studies to Better Inform Animal Microbiome Research

7:00 pm End of Conference Day One