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CONCEPT

Genetically Modified (GM) crops were commercially cultivated on over 180 M Ha in 2014, by both small and large-scale farmers. Since 2012, over half of the GM crops are cultivated in emerging and developing countries. Commercialized GM crops are protected by Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and governed by comprehensive (inter)national biosafety regulations. The US patent on one of the first and most widely used GM crops, Roundup Ready soybean, recently expired. IPR on additional GM crop products will expire in the (near) future, thus opening the prospect of a GM crop generics industry. Similar to the pharmaceutical industry, the development of a generic market for GM crops could become a game-changer in the agricultural sector by providing GM crop products at reduced cost and by creating new opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises. This, in turn, could help address concerns by public interest groups related to GM crops and seed/food sovereignty.
The 2015 IIBN Forum brought together leading experts in the area of agricultural biotechnology to assess the opportunity and conditions for establishing a generic market for GM crops, in particular to support sustainable agricultural development in emerging and developing economies.

 

PROGRAM

9h30         Arrival and Registration

10h00       Welcome and opening remarks
                      Ivan Ingelbrecht, International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO), VIB-UGent, Belgium

10h10        Science, technology, society and the environment
                      Marc Van Montagu, International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO), VIB-UGent, Belgium

10h40        Challenges and opportunities for a generic market for GM crops in Africa
                      Diran Makinde, African Biosafety Network of Expertise, AU-NEPAD, Burkina Faso

11h15       Intellectual property and other legal challenges in accessing and using off-patent transgenic events
                      Philippe Dumont, Association Française des Biotechnologies Végétales, France

11h50      Handling regulatory issues of off-patent GM crops
                      Patrick Rüdelsheim, Perseus BVBA, Belgium

12h25        Lunch

13h30        Stewardships and integrated pest management for generic GM crops
                      Georges Freyssinet, Independent Consultant Plant Biotechnologies, France

14h05       Challenges in the commercialization of generic GM products
                      Tom Carrato, Biotech Solutions, LLC, USA

14h25        Perspective UN Industrial Development Organization
                      Yvonne Lokko, Industrial Resource Efficiency Unit, United Nations, Industrial Development Organization, Austria

14h45       Coffee Break

15h15        Panel Debate
                   Tom Carrato, Orlando di Ponti, Philippe Dumont, Georges Freyssinet, Diran Makinde, Patrick Rüdelsheim, Yvonne Lokko, Marc Van Montagu

16h15        Closing Remarks

16h30       Reception

Moderator: Ann Van Gysel, Turnstone Communications, Belgium

 

REGISTRATION

Registration is closed

 

VENUE

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Auditorium Magnel
Building 904 – Technologiepark
9052 Gent-Zwijnaarde
Belgium

 

 

 

 

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

  • Prof. Dr. Ivan Ingelbrecht, International Plant Biotechnology Outreach, VIB-UGent
  • Dr. Sylvie De Buck, International Plant Biotechnology Outreach, VIB-UGent
  • Dr. Ine Pertry, International Plant Biotechnology Outreach, VIB-UGent
  • Em. Prof. Dr. Marc Van Montagu, International Plant Biotechnology Outreach, VIB-UGent
  • Mrs Bea Mesuere, International Plant Biotechnology Outreach, VIB-UGent

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