Sustainably Bridging the Innovation Valley of Death in Agriculture, Animal Health and Food Technology

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In research, it is common to see potential new technologies shelved before they can be proven and advanced far enough to attract investment dollars. At universities, the research ends when federal grants expire; in corporate settings, reorganizations and shifting priorities shuffle research agendas. What might become an important tool, platform, or product is frequently left unfunded, unfinished, and stranded in the so-called “innovation valley of death.”

This program examines the pathways to advance breakthrough technology toward market. Moderator Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., is founder, president and CEO of TechAccel, a technology and equity development organization that has built a unique business model to rapidly drive innovation in agriculture, animal health and food technology to market.

Learning Objectives:

  • Collaboration models between university and research institute investigators and technology development organizations.
  • Models for advancing stranded research, including external innovation funded by corporations, equity/VC investment, business accelerators, and concepts like TechAccel’s Equity PlusTMand Science Advancement programs.
  • Overview of examples of portfolio assets in environmental sustainability, RNAi-based biopesticides, regenerative technologies for soil health, plant-trait development and more

Speaker Panel:

Kent Glasscock, President, Kansas State University Innovation Partners (KSU-IP)

Tom Laurita, Ph.D., Director of Entrepreneurship, Danforth Plant Sciences Center

Adisetyantari Suprato, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for External Innovation, Elanco

Michael Felman, President and Chief Executive Officer, MSF Capital Advisors

Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, TechAccel LLC (Technology Acceleration Partners)



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