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Fulfilling the Promise of Ag Biologicals: Shelf Life
Hear from 4 experts representing different areas of Ag Biologicals - from bench to farm on the importance of shelf life of living microbial products.

Ines Rocha, Bioformulation Researcher @Battelle
Matt Meisner, Vice President, Research and Development and Data Science @Farmer's Business Network
Scott Carter, Vice President, Microbials Business @Phibro

MODERATED BY: Jane Fife, CTO 3Bar Biologics

Event Outline:
What is acceptable shelf life of microbial products and is it really a problem?

What solutions does the industry use today for extending shelf life?
How important is formulation vs packaging vs distribution conditions for extending shelf life?

How are other industries solving shelf life issues, what can we learn?
What innovation is needed to improve shelf life?

R&D Managers, Product Managers, Biomanufacturers, Farmers

Oct 28, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jane Fife, Moderator
CTO @3Bar Biologics
Jane Fife joined 3Bar Biologics in 2016, where she leads R&D and new product development to improve bioformulation and delivery of beneficial microbes for more effective plant growth and biological disease control. 3Bar Biologics is an early stage startup spinout of The Ohio State University dedicated to improving yield and productivity in agriculture. Prior to 3Bar Biologics, Jane managed technology development in agribusiness at Battelle Memorial Institute. Jane has a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from The Ohio State University, with research interests in applying innovative technologies for more targeted delivery of agricultural inputs and smarter, more sustainable agricultural production
Ines Rocha, Panelist
Bioformulation Researcher @Battelle
Inês Rocha joined Battelle in 2019, where she has been the microbiology manager and responsible for developing and optimizing bioformulations for both client-based and internal R&D projects. She holds a Ph.D. in Biosciences, specialization in Biotechnology, a MSc in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology and attended the first year of MSc in Organic Agriculture. As a Researcher participated in several scientific projects, co-supervised bachelor degree research projects, worked in collaboration with the industry and national institutes and for environmental biotechnology companies. With more than 11 years’ experience in microbiology, Inês specialises in microbial inoculants formulation, culture and isolation of microorganisms, microbial seed coating and greenhouse and field experiments.
Matt Meisner, Panelist
Vice President, Research and Development and Data Science @Farmer's Business Network
Matt Meisner is the Vice President of R&D and Data Science at FBN, where he has worked since the founding of the company in 2014. Matt's team leverages data and analyics to help FBN member farmers optimize decisions about their operations, develops new corn and canola seeds for FBN members, and partners with innovative crop input developers to run large scale field trials that generate valuable data and accelerate commercialization. Matt grew up in Wisconsin working on a research farm, and has a PhD from UC-Davis focused on the use of data science in agriculture.
Scott Carter, Panelist
Vice President, Microbials Business @Phibro
Dr. Scott Carter earned his PhD from North Carolina State University in Nutrition and Biotechnology with a focus on the production and application of enzymes to livestock diets to enhance utilization of feed, and his MBA from Washington University in Saint Louis. His career has been focused on the application of biotechnology to livestock production in order to enhance the health, wellbeing, and performance of animals in a consumer-friendly way. Dr. Carter joined Phibro Animal Health as the Vice President of Microbials in February of 2020, and prior to this worked for such companies as the Microbiome startup Anizome, Elanco Animal Health, Novus International, and Alltech.