August 27-28
Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
Kansas City, Missouri
Hosted by Kansas State University (KSU) and Auburn University (AU)

Conflicting Events
Attendees of the Animal Health Partnering Forum will be required, as a condition of their participation, not to host conflicting events. Private events should not conflict with any of AUTM’s educational sessions, special programs, social and themed events, including receptions and meals provided by AUTM. Participants should review the meeting program for potential conflicts before scheduling their events.

*Tentative schedule, program subject to change

Tuesday, August 27

5 - 6 p.m. Registration
6 – 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception 

Kick off the meeting at the welcome reception and enjoy an evening of cocktails and networking.  

Wednesday, August 28

7 – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7 – 8:00 a.m. Exhibit Setup
8 – 8:10 a.m. Welcome Address and Opening Remarks

Bret Ford, MBA, CLP, Kansas State University
Brian Wright, PhD, RTTP, CLP, Auburn Universit
8:10 – 8:50 a.m. Industry Overview 

George Gunn, Stonehaven Consulting

In this session you’ll get an overview of animal health market dynamics, including a review of key companies, and a breakout of the markets by product category, species and geography. We’ll also discuss the top selling products in each industry. 
9 – 10:00 a.m. Partnering Break          
Meet for informal discussions, stop by the Technology Showcase or take advantage of AUTM Connect to set up your meetings and make the most of your time in Kansas City.
10:10 – 10:50 a.m. Panel Discussion:  Venture Capital in Animal Health 

Brad Fabbri, TechAccel
Bob Nordgren, Yield Lab
Rob Readnour, Mountain Group Partners

In this session we’ll discuss how venture capital firms and venture capital units within animal health companies deploy capital to externally accelerate technology development and invest in small companies. 
11 a.m. – Noon   Partnering Break          
Another chance to meet for informal talks, visit the Technology Showcase and take advantage of AUTM Connect to set up your meetings and make the most of your time in Kansas City.
Noon – 12:50 p.m. Lunch
Join us for a relaxed lunch including informal discussions about the challenges in commercialization and product development in the animal health and nutrition industries. 
1 – 1:50 p.m. Panel Discussion: Translational Medicine in Animal Health

Nathan Chubb, Zoetis
Natalie Hawryluk, Celgene
Aaron Massecar, Colorado State University
Casey Wegner, Zomedica
Valentine Williams, Kindred Bio

This interactive session, composed of both industry and academic representatives, will cover how innovations initially destined for human medicine found a home in animal health and how lessons learned from human medical research and animal health research can be leveraged to benefit one another.
2 – 3:00 p.m. Partnering Break 
If you haven’t yet, now’s your chance to connect for informal discussions, and stop by the Technology Showcase.
3:10 – 4:10 p.m. Panel Discussion:  Academia-Industry Interactions in Animal Health

Anthony Boccanfuso, University Industry Demonstration Partnership
Brenda Bondesen, Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health
Bret Ford, Kansas State University
Bruce Taillon, Elanco Animal Health

This interactive session, composed of both industry and academic representatives, will focus on the challenges, pitfalls, roadblocks, solutions and best practices of working together in the animal health space. We’ll cover technology marketing, licensing, sponsored research and interacting with start-up companies. Learn from those with first-hand experience about meeting and overcoming challenges. Audience questions are welcome. 
4:20 – 5:00 p.m.     Partnering Break
Did you meet for informal discussions or stop by the Technology Showcase? Now’s the time to finish networking using AUTM Connect.  
5:00 p.m. Formal Meeting Adjourns
5:30 p.m.  Departure – Oakland Athletics @ KC Royals (First pitch at 7:15 p.m.)          
For those who purchased tickets to the baseball game, meet in the host hotel lobby by 5:15 pm. Transportation to and from the game will be provided. We will depart at 5:30 pm. The first pitch is at 7:15 p.m. Batter up!

Gold Sponsors

McKee, Voorhees & Sease PLC
TechAccel LLC
Boehringer Ingelheim

Silver Sponsors

CSU Ventures
National Pork Board
Merck Animal Health

Bronze Sponsors

Auburn University
Kansas State University