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New Uses Forum: Adding Value at the Speed of Innovation Hailed a Success

For the second year in a row, AURI hosted the New Uses Forum at the Crowne Plaza West in Plymouth, bringing in over 185 people throughout the two days.  The event began the evening of April 11th with a reception featuring AURI client food samples.  The full day agenda on April 12th featured many talented speakers and exceptional networking opportunities.  Below is a copy of the agenda with the speakers’ presentations that could be released embedded in the links.

New Uses Forum Agenda

Welcome: Shannon Schlecht, Executive Director, AURI
Minnesota Senator Bill Weber, District 22

Morning Keynote Speaker:
Sanjeev Krishnan
, Managing Director & CIO, S2G Ventures
Introduced by Rohit Shukla, CEO, Larta Institute

  • Biobased Innovations Panel
    Moderator:  Dr. Jill Zullo, VP of Bioindustrials-North America, Cargill
    Dr. Marc Hillmyer, Director, Center for Sustainable Polymers, University of Minnesota
    Dr. Chad Ulven, Associate Professor/Associate Chair, Mechanical Engineering Department, NDSU and Cofounder and Chief Technical Officer, c2Renew
    Mike Youngerberg, Senior Director of Product Development and Commercialization MN Soybean Research and Promotion Council
    Chad Friese, General Manager, Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company

Innovations in Coproducts Panel

  • Moderator:  Perry Aasness, Executive Director, AgriGrowth
    Eric Sannerud, Co-Founder, Mighty Axe Hops
    Adam Asmus, Co-Founder, Agricultural Innovations
    Sue Marshall, CEO, NetZro
    Richard Magnusson, Producer/Manager,
    Magnusson Farms & Northern Excellence Seed LLC

Industrial Hemp Innovations Panel

  • Moderator: Andrea Vaubel, Asst. Commissioner, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture
    Marc van Burck, Director of Global Services, Hemp Production Services
    Roger Gussiaas, President, Healthy Oilseeds
    Dr. Lin-P’ing Choo-Smith, VP, Product Development & FibreCITY, Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba Inc.
    Cory Sharp, Owner, HempLogic

Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator
Brett Brohl, Managing Director, Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator

Entrepreneurial Innovation Pitch

  • Moderator: Lauren Pradhan, Director and General Manager, Grow North
    Adam Wagner
    , Co-founder, Vertical Malt
    Dr. Goutham Vemuri, Chief Technologist, Sasya, LLC
    Dave Goebel, CEO and Founder, enVerde, LLC
    Dave Roeser, Founder and President, MNPHARM

Afternoon Keynote Speaker
Matt Carstens, Senior VP, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN

Nexus of Food and Health Panel

  • Moderator:  Annette Maggi, President & Owner, Maggi & Associates
    Dr. Elizabeth Klodas
    , Chief Medical Officer & Founder, Step One Foods
    Polly Olson, VP Business Development, Agropur, Inc.
    John Garry
    , CEO, Development Corporation of Austin
    Natalie Keane, Facility Utilization Director, Sprout-RxCSA