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Webinar Innovations in Gene Editing and Novel Applications in Food
October 31, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

Recent innovations in gene editing technologies are paving the way for novel applications in food and dairy. During this webinar, experts will explain advances in gene editing technology and how it is being utilized to develop novel food applications in enzymes, plants and animals.


Patrick Derkx, Ph.D.
Vice President, R&D Discovery
Chr. Hansen A/S

Patrick M.F. Derkx is Vice President Discovery, R&D at Chr. Hansen A/S in Hoersholm, Denmark and is the author of over 50 papers and patents in the field of microbial & enzyme development. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in BioProcess Engineering from the University of Wageningen in 1996, he started working as research scientist at Danisco A/S working on the development, engineering & production of enzymes for the food industry. During his time at Danisco he obtained a PhD degree in 2000 studying fungal protein secretion and protein folding in the secretory pathway of the industrial enzyme production host Aspergillus niger. Dr. Derkx continued working at Danisco/Genencor/Dupont as group manager heading up the enzyme engineering and high throughput screening departments. In 2008 he moved to Chr. Hansen A/S to head up the microbial strain development function. He is currently Vice President Discovery in the Research & Development organization, responsible for microbial lead development across all business segments and spearheading Chr. Hansen’s high throughput screening, strain improvement, systems biology and bioinformatics activities. 

Bernice Slutsky, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Innovation
American Seed Trade Association

Dr. Bernice Slutsky joined ASTA in 2006 to work on issues involving emerging technologies, intellectual property rights, and international regulation and trade. Prior to ASTA she served as Senior Advisor for Biotechnology in the Office of the Secretary, coordinating USDA policies and activities in agricultural biotechnology. Previously, Bernice served as Assistant Vice President, International Regulatory Affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) in a regulatory advocacy position, and before that as the Biotechnology Coordinator of International Trade Policy at the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service. She earned her doctoral degree in biology from the University of Iowa.

Clint Nesbitt, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, Food & Agriculture
Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Dr. Nesbitt is the Senior Director of Science and Regulatory Affairs in the Food and Agriculture Section of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), where he covers domestic regulatory policy for biotech plants and animals. BIO is the world's largest trade association representing more than 950 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 nations. Before joining BIO in late 2014, he worked for more than ten years as a regulator of agricultural biotechnology in the Biotechnology Regulatory Services of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Prior to this, he worked for Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension Program, where he was director of a public outreach and education project on agricultural biotechnology. Dr. Nesbitt has a Ph.D. in plant breeding and plant molecular biology from Cornell University, where he studied tomato genetics.


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Member Fee: Complimentary
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