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Bayer Crop Science’s Percy to kick off Ag Innovation Showcase


It’s official. Adrian Percy, Ph.D., head of research and development, Bayer Crop Science, will be the keynote speaker on September 12 at the Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis, Missouri. Percy’s experience and notable background in crop science and protection will bring a unique viewpoint to the showcase with particular relevance to the event’s audience of early-stage innovators. The three day event will be held September 11 – 13, 2017.

The contribution by Percy will compliment diverse topics on ag science and innovation to be covered at the event. Major showcase themes for this year include Ingredients and Markets, Decontamination and Disease Detection, Beneficials and Biologics, Genetics, Forecast and Visualization, and Recovery of Inputs.

“We are thrilled that Adrian Percy will serve as a keynote speaker at this year’s Ag Innovation Showcase,” said Sam Fiorello, chief operating officer, Danforth Plant Science Center and president, Bio Research & Development (BRDG) Park. Danforth and BRDG are partners with Larta Institute in organizing the Showcase. “Adrian is someone in the ag-tech sector that truly understands the vital role of ag innovation, coming from companies large and small, to deliver real world solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.”

Percy has held numerous positions in the Research and Development departments of the Crop Science division of Bayer and its legacy companies in France, Germany, and the USA. These include leading crop protection development activities in North America as well as regulatory affairs activities across the globe for all Crop Science technology platforms, including Seeds & Traits, Crop Protection, and Environmental Science. He is a member of the Research and Development Executive Committee of Bayer and a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Bayer Science & Education Foundation. Most recently, Percy led the launch of Bayer’s Grants4Targets initiative, a program aimed at finding innovative approaches in the field of weed, disease and pest control in crop plants.

“Dr. Percy’s knowledge and involvement with ag innovation will underscore the richness of agtech topics to be discussed at this year’s Ag Innovation Showcase,” said Rohit Shukla, CEO of Larta Institute. “We know that he will provide us with a perspective on the risks and opportunities in agriculture, where multiple technological innovations are converging to create extraordinary promise in our quest to feed the world,” he added.

Currently in its 9th year, the Ag Innovation Showcase is the nation’s premier event for the discussion and showcasing of innovations in the agtech space, connecting talented innovators with influential investors to help create sustainable solutions in the industry. Drawing people from across the globe, the annual event features a diverse array of speakers, entrepreneurs, academics and industry leaders. On tap at the Showcase are cutting edge solutions in agriculture including microbials, genomics, phenotyping, data and machine learning, soil health, and more. The event is hosted by the Larta Institute, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and BRDG Park.

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