Plenary 6 - Innovation and R&D
Wednesday 20 April 12:15 - 12:30
Biotech Pipeline & Economic Implications for the Food and Feed Industry
Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes is the MSMC Endowed Professor of Agribusiness Strategy and the Director of the Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center (EMAC) at the University of Missouri. His research, teaching and outreach focus on the economics and policy of agrifood biotechnology and other agribusiness innovations. Over the past five years, Dr. Kalaitzandonakes has authored articles on the economic and environmental impacts of biotechnology; its impacts on the structure of the agrifood supply chain; on biotech entrepreneurship and industrial development; the impact of biotechnology on international trade; and on biotech regulation. He is the editor of AgBioForum, and has been an editorial board member for several other academic journals. Through an active outreach program, Dr. Kalaitzandonakes advises governments, international organizations, non-profits and Fortune 500 firms on the economics, policies and regulations of agrifood innovation. He is also a member of scientific advising boards for startups, venture capital firms and national research centers involved in the life sciences and has been a member of the US Secretary of Agriculture Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) and the Missouri Governor’s Advisory Council for Plant Biotechnology.